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Opeth, In Flames and Red Fang wrapped up their tour together in Toronto last night (12/21) after hitting NYC on Thursday (12/18) at Terminal 5. Stoner riffers Red Fang kicked off the night great as always, and the crowd seemed into their set. In Flames followed, clearly working the crowd hard and inviting a kid on stage to take a selfie with the band. Then came Opeth who treated the crowd to a couple off this year's Pale Communion, and also gave representation to a handful of their other albums dating back to 1999's Still Life. Pictures of all three bands continue, with Opeth's setlist, below...

Continue reading "Opeth, In Flames & Red Fang played Terminal 5 (pics & setlist)"

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Iron Maiden in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
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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.

UPDATE: Duh!

Continue reading "24 of the best 25 metal bands, according to a MetalSucks poll (#1 coming soon, but seems obvious)"

by Ian Chainey

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Metallica are going to get some classics back out on wax. On September 16, Blackened Recordings (I see what you did there) will release four vinyl represses. So let's play, ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS: Kill 'Em All. Yes. Ride The Lightning. Yes. ...And Justice For All. Yes. Death Magnetic. Ah. The band will also drop a slimmed down version of Live Shit: Binge & Purge on the same day.

Also happening next week? Bloodbath will announce their new singer. I haven't seen people this anxious to find out the origin and whereabouts of a guttural since my cat vomited this morning. Bloodbath's next one, Grand Morbid Funeral, is out November 17 through Peaceville. The band will also be playing Maryland Deathfest 2015.

King Diamond has an opener for his North American tour starting in October. It's the occult rockers Jess and the Ancient Ones, a band featuring one of the weirder connections in metal with a link to cult-adored death metallers Demilich (who are also playing Maryland Deathfest 2015). Maybe Jess will finally cover "The Planet That Once Used to Absorb Flesh in Order to Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Suffocated to the Flesh That It Desired...)." The King Diamond tour plays a sold out New York's Best Buy Theater on October 14. Watch a few King Diamond videos below because Friday.

Unfortunately, Belphegor won't be touring the US. Singer/guitarist Helmuth Lehner has scrapped the package that included Rotting Christ, Beheaded, and Svart Crown to be with his mother during her final days. While the bill will be a little slimmer, Dead Congregation and Immortal Bird will still play their NYC show on  October 20 date at NYC's Saint Vitus.

Finally, Pallbearer have a heck of a tour brewing. . . that's only hitting the West Coast in December. They'll be joined by Sólstafir and Mortals for the Holy Crap Take My Money Tour* (*not the official name. . . yet). All of the dates are below. Oh well, NYC fans, you'll have to make due with back-to-back shows at Saint Vitus on October 27 and 28 with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. *weeps* - Midwest.

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Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

Full releases first: Iron Reagan and Myrkur are both streaming their new albums on Pitchfork Advance. Iron Reagan's crossover attack is called The Tryranny of Will and will be out on September 16 via Relapse (preorder). We also recently interviewed singer Tony Foresta on Invisible Oranges. Solo black metal act Myrkur's self-titled EP will also be out on September 16 through Relapse (preorder).

For single tracks and videos, dad/son metal bonding band Vomit Fist (holy hell, Vomit Fist) debuted "Under The Rind." Baseball grinders Puig Destroyer spoke the truth with "No One Cares About Your Fantasy Team" from Puig Destroyer (September 30, No Sleep - preorder). Opeth cut another headtrip for a Pale Communion track, this being "Moon Above, Sun Below." Tech-metallers Decapitated are showing off the first four songs from Blood Mantra (September 30, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Old school death metallers Necrophagia let another WhiteWorm Cathedral creepy-crawler eat through the internet (October 28, Season of Mist - preorder).

MORE: Busy blasters 1349 brought their Massive Cauldron Of Chaos to another boil (September 30, Season of Mist - preorder). Corrosion of Conformity brewed up some visuals for "On Your Way." They'll be hitting the road with GWAR and Decapitated soon. Krieg also cut together a flick for "Ruin Our Lives." And, finally, Pyrrhon -- fronted by a familiar fellow with a name rhyming with 'Doug' (I'm bad at this) -- have a new video out "Sleeper Agent" directed by IO guest contributor David Hall. So I guess that makes it, wait for it, VISIBLE ORANGES. Oh cool, I've been fired. You can check out all the goods below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 9/12): Thrashers Power Trip plays a BrooklynVegan Presents Red Bull Sound Select show with White Lung and Sick Feeling at Palisades ($3, with RSVP). If you want to don the corpsepaint and become super pussy, Black Witchery, Nexul, Teloch Vovin, Occultation, and Lord Almighty are at Saint Vitus (tickets).

SATURDAY (9/13): You can get a taste of the metallic at Basilica Sound Scape 2014: Day Two with Deafheaven and heavier-than-most-heavy-things Swans  (sold out).

SUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNDAY (9/14): Speaking of heavy things, sludge stars Crowbar, Revocation, Havok, Fit for an Autopsy, and Armed for Apocalypse hit the Gramercy Theatre (tickets). And if you missed them Saturday, Deafheaven play Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: As always, we tracked the week's new releases with, uh, Upcoming Metal Releases. We showed off new albums from Lago and Ingurgitating Oblivion. We reviewed Earth, Muscle and Marrow, and Ævangelist. We got our talk on with Iron Reagan's Tony Foresta, Nightbringer's Naas Alcameth, and Cannibal Corpse's Paul Mazurkiewicz. Finally, our buds in Immortal Bird are going on tour. Don't yell "Freebird" at them. Or hold up a boombox a la Say Anything that's playing "Surfing Bird." Or. . . do. Live your life, bro.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Metallica, Bloodbath, Opeth, King Diamond, Pallbearer, 1349, weekend shows & more"

by Ian Chainey

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The above pic was posted on Slayer's Instagram earlier in the week. Does it herald, as many expect, a new Slayer album in 2015? Is it the genesis of their pivotal post-Hanneman/Lombardo/Rubin album? Or is Kerry King just a huge Fraiser fan? I guess we'll let time decide.

At least we know Dave Lombardo isn't planning a Slayer comeback. He's more than content with his current project PHILM, telling Metal Hammer regarding a possible return to Slayer's drummer's stool: "No. That's it. I'm done now. I've got lots of other things on my plate and I now know that, when it comes to money, you don't have any friends in this business. I won't ever be going back." No friends in this business? Maybe my friend George Washington will change your mind! (Sorry, I need that back for the parking meter.)

Speaking of money, here's a name that might send shivers down the spine of your PayPal account: Blake Judd. The Nachtmystium frontman is again accused of making away with fans' money without delivering the merch. Whether or not there's any validity to the allegations, the Nachtmystium Facebook page is no more.

As for albums that have a good chance of finding your hands, Iron Maiden have embarked on a huge reissue project. Not only will their entire '80s run get repressed on vinyl, but the original singles are making their way back in print, too. Check out the details plus release schedule below along with a shot-for-shot LEGO remake of Maiden killing "The Wicker Man" from Rock in Rio. Everything is awesome.

Corrosion of Conformity will also be reissuing two of their albums on wax, 1991's Blind and 1994's breakout Deliverance. The band is set to hit the road with GWAR later this year.

For new stuff, the mighty Moss will be putting out an EP on the perfect date of October 31 via their own Stone Tapes. Check out "Carmilla (Marcilla)" below. The adventurous Manes have penciled in October 10 as the day for Be All End All through Debemur Morti. And Orange Goblin will add to the mountainous October pile of anticipated releases with the long-awaited Back From The Abyss, out on October 7 through Candlelight Records.

In live show notes, the first round of bands for Roadburn 2015 have been announced, tapping cowgoths Fields Of The Nephilim along with stoners Monolord and Electric Citizen. In other fest news, Housecore Horror Fest lost Satyricon and gained Napalm Death and Origin. Satyricon had to kill all of their US dates, so, alas, they will not be playing Knotfest.

If you were catching some High-A baseball action, you may have seen Exmortus shredding through "The Star-Spangled Banner." Sleepy Hollow has taught me that Francis Scott Key probably would've been like, "Hell yeah," before punching a demon in the face. History, man.

Finally, in more serious news, former Metal Maniacs editor Katherine Ludwig has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Metal Maniacs certainly helped school a generation of extreme metalheads before the Internet. Check out her Facebook page for more information including donations. Wishing her the best.

YOB's 'Clearing The Path To Ascend' artwork
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Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

Full albums first: YOB streamed the entirety of Clearing The Path To Ascend at Pitchfork (September 2, Neurot Recordings - preorder). And OSDMers Disinterred have put up Live at Vlamrock 2014 for 'name your price' at their Bandcamp. Stream the latter below.

For single tracks and videos, Opeth gave the audio of "Eternal Rains Will Come" a visual. Consult your doctor before taking all of the drugs. Anaal Nathrakh have unveiled "Idol" from Desideratum (October 28, Metal Blade - preorder). They'll be playing Maryland Deathfest 2015. Obituary are also showing off the first cut from Inked in Blood (October 28, Relapse - preorder). They'll be touring later this year with Death to All along with dates with Carcass. 1349 have stirred the pot for Massive Cauldron of Chaos and "Exorcism" spilled out (September 30, Season of Mist - preorder). And Old Wounds -- who are heading out on an Invisible Oranges presented tour -- dropped "Ritual" from Death Projection (September 16, Good Fight - preorder). Stream all of the tracks below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY 8/29): Provided you're not following up on your dream last night where Crüe played, today is loaded. Mouth of the Architect, Set And Setting, So Hideous, and Hush are at the Acheron (tickets). Meanwhile, the Paper Box has the enormous bill of Foreign Sounds, Sol y Nieve, Red Stream, Inc, Krieg, Horrendous, Wastelander, Sacristy, Human Bodies, and Dweller In The Valley (tickets). For those that like it with a more traditional/thrash lean, there's Fantom Warior, Castrator, Sacrificial Blood, Devolving Messiah, and Maximum Oversatan at Saint Vitus (tickets).

SATURDAY (8/30): Okay, deep breath. Punk? You got it: Negative Approach, Agitätor, Go Deep, and Spewing Cum at the Grand Victory (tickets). Want a slightly more metallic edge? Modern Life Is War, Nothing, Give, and The Land of Blood & Sunshine at the Bowery Ballroom (tickets). But if you're here for metal -- and of course you are -- there's Dehumanized, Scaphism, Necroptic Engorgement, Corpse Hoarder, and Lethal Entity at the Acheron (tickets). More? Sure: Pentacle, Perversion, Mutant Supremacy, and Hypoxia at Saint Vitus (tickets). And if you you just need volume, J Mascis' psychedelic blues jam project Heavy Blanket play Union Pool's backyard in the afternoon for free.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: We dredged the new release lake in Upcoming Metal Releases. We had premieres from Falls of Rauros, Nightbringer, Sandworm, and Myopic. And we got our transcribed talk on with Austin Lunn of Panopticon and wrestler UltraMantis Black.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your Labor Day Weekend plans? Let us know and catch the reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Slayer, Iron Maiden, Blake Judd, YOB, Roadburn 2015 lineup, Opeth, weekend shows & more"

by Ian Chainey

Pig Destroyer at GWAR-B-Q, 2013 (More by Josh Sisk)
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Ah, the dominoes are starting to fall: If Agoraphobic Nosebleed are going to play a show, the related Pig Destroyer are going to play two. The grinders now have dates on the horizon, December 19 in Boston and December 20 in Philadelphia, with the possibility of more on the way. Relapse Records will also be pressing Mass & Volume for the first time which was released digitally last year. The wax will hit the streets on October 14.

And if Pig Destroyer are gearing up, baseball grinders Puig Destroyer are getting ready for the postseason. The band featuring members from Thrice, Curl Up and Die, and Kowloon Walled City have signed to No Sleep Records and will release a new self-titled album digitally on September 30. Attention teams that aren't the Red Sox: It'll probably be cheaper than Rusney Castillo. You can check out the track "Mike Trout" below.

Speaking of new releases, we now have a cover for At the Gates' At War With Reality. It's a silhouette illusion you can use for self-diagnosis: See two hands? Go to the doctor. See two men smoking? Go to the doctor. Seriously: that's not a pimple. Go to the doctor. Check it out below.

In other visual teases, Today Is The Day have offered up a trailer for the seriously heavy Animal Mother. The album will be out on October 14 via Southern Lord Records. And if you don't mind taking a shower in two minutes, Animal Mother's pitch-perfect movie accompaniment can be viewed below.

October 14 is also the date of release for blackened sludgesters Inter Arma's The Cavern, a single track 40 minute EP coming out courtesy of Relapse. You can watch a trailer for that below.

A trailer triumvirate, you say? Why not. The MDF-bound/DTA-joining Obituary also have samples rolling on YouTube for the forthcoming Inked In Blood. That one is also coming out through Relapse on October 28. Check it out below. . . and marvel at Relapse's productivity. And then feel bad about your comparative slothfulness. Seriously: get off the couch and go to the doctor.

Another icon had an announcement this week: With Brutal Truth done, Dan Lilker will have time for other endeavors, including thrashers Nuclear Assault who may cut a new album and tour in the near future. Lilker will also be working on Nokturnal Hellstorm, Blurring, and Venomous Concept. Retired Dan Lilker, taking it easy.

Finally, if you're going to do something right, you might as well do it yourself. That's the rationale behind tech-deathers Defeated Sanity's next split. . . with themselves. "YES, we will record a SPLIT album with ourselves!!" the band said through a statement. "One side will be the most brutal, more simple, more caveman Brutal Death that we ever made - but don't worry it will NOT be boring!! The other side will be everything else. Technical, oldschool, progressive - just like we love to hear it from our old Prog Thrash&Death heros [sic] but of course we do it in our own way!" Do you, Defeated Sanity. Always do you.

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Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

If you were wondering if the streams dried up, this week was a flood. First, here are the full albums: The soon-to-be-touring Opeth unveiled Pale Communion (August 26, Roadrunner Records - preorder). . . on a Euro-only site. Argh, so close! As for things readily available, Midnight dropped No Mercy for Mayhem on the Hells Headbangers bandcamp. Solstafir showcased all of Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). And Principality Of Hell offered up the venomous Fire & Brimstone. (Note: Invisible Oranges interviewed both Opeth and Solstafir frontmen recently if you want to know more.) All streams appear below.

As for the singles, we got a taste of Death Penalty's self-titled LP debut (September 16, Rise Above Records - preorder). You can also check out an interview with Rise Above head Lee Dorrian at Invisible Oranges. A music video for Uncle Acid and the Deadbeat's "Runaway Girls" has been made available. Uncle Acid are cycling through North America in September. Lo-Pan, who are hitting the road with Black Cobra and will play an Invisible Oranges-presented show, tossed out a track from Colossus (October 7, Small Stone - preorder). In addition, Small Stone was flooded earlier in the month and you can help out. Witch Mountain showed off another from singer Uta Plotkin's farewell, Mobile Of Angels (October 6, Profound Lore). Classic gore-hounds Necrophagia are back with the first transmission from WhiteWorm Cathedral (October 28, Season of Mist - preorder). And death metallers Lago have dropped a cut from Tyranny (September 16, Battleground Records). Check out all the songs below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/23): The speedy and now-signed Bat, Chainbreaker, and Iron Force step into the Acheron (tickets). Meanwhile, Europa has a blast of old-school punk with Off!, Bad Antics, and Gay Kiss (tickets).

SATURDAY (8/24): At Red Hook's Pioneer Works, the suddenly touring Liturgy, Wreck and Reference, White Suns, and Kyle Eyre Clyd will play a matinee (tickets). That should leave you enough time to either get your shred on at Saint Vitus with Earthless, The Shrine, and Mirror Queen (tickets). Or to go punk with Vile Intent, NARC, and Limbs Bin at the Acheron (tickets).

SUNDAY (8/24): Jorge Elbrecht's new band Coral Cross (who just made their live debut earlier this week, play a late-night set.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: New releases? Tons of them: Upcoming Metal Releases recounts them. Want the word straight from the artists themselves? We had interviews with Lee Dorrian and Ex-Breathers. Fresh tunes? We had those, too: Megaton Leviathan and Abazagorath. We also went deep on Pallbearer's freshly released Foundations of Burden. Finally, Scab Casserole either made you smile or caused you to destroy your keyboard with his breakdown of Agalloch's career.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch the reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "Heavy Lowdown: Pig Destoyer, Puig Destroyer, At the Gates, Today is the Day, Obituary, Nuclear Assault, Opeth, more"

Opeth at MHOW in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
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Swedish prog-death legends Opeth have announced a huge co-headlining tour with fellow Swedish death heavyweights In Flames with support from Portland sludge crew Red Fang. Both headliners have albums coming out in the coming weeks, with Opeth's Pale Communion (which frontman Mikael Akerfeldt recently discussed with Invisible Oranges) set to drop on August 26, and In Flames' Siren Charms out September 8. The tour will stop in NYC at Terminal 5 on December 18. Tickets for that show go on sale to the general public Friday (8/15) at noon, and are on AmEx presale now. Opeth are also running presales and VIP packages for the whole tour here.

All tour dates are listed, with streams from the new Opeth and In Flames albums, below...

Continue reading "Opeth, In Flames and Red Fang touring together (dates)"

by Ian Chainey

Mastodon at Terminal 5, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
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Wanna buy the new Mastodon album? You can now accomplish that feat with bitcoins. Isn't the future amazing?! You're still probably going to die from a cold. Anyway, let's take a walk on the newswire:

Big membership shake-ups for old-guy thrashers: Exodus said farewell to singer Rob Dukes and welcomed Steve "Zetro" Souza back into the fold. This is Zetro's third stint with the Bay Area band. Before the reintroduction, he was biding his time in Hatriot, which is a music group and not what happens during a rowdy Lids sale. Stream a Zetro-era Exodus classic below. Elsewhere, ex-Slayer Dave Lombardo is suddenly in Amen. The Los Angeles punk outfit just turned 20 and is back in the studio with Ross Robinson.

Ultra-heavy doomers Yob have released more details regarding their forthcoming Neurot release. Clearing The Path To Ascend (also what my bud calls his weed ritual) now has pretty neat cover art and a track listing. In addition, the mad triffid Botanist will hammer away at VI: Flora on August 11 via The Flenser. What's the drunkest instrument? A hammered dulcimer, of course. Stop booing. Art and tracks are down below.

A few groups are hitting the road. Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, and Black Anvil will be setting out on a nationwide roadtrip in September. Plus, you can finally break the seal on your 2015 planner. The melodeath -- and spellcheck infuriating -- Dark Tranquillity and Insomnium are heading to the US in January. They'll play NYC's Gramercy Theatre on January 4. Tickets are will be on sale soon. All of the dates appear below.

Can't make it to a fest this weekend? You can live vicariously through some YouTube sets. (And have easier access to a bathroom, that can't be understated.) Opeth's full performance from Rock am Ring in Germany is up. And snippets of Emperor at Sweden Rock Festival have made their way online, too. It's the black metallers first live gig since 2007 and they closed it out in style by killing a Bathory cover. Both are available below.

Finally, progsters Between the Buried and Me explained why you won't hear old songs on tour:

Unfortunately, when we add some of the more obscure older songs to our set, they either detract from the flow of the show, or just generally go over like a wet fart at a funeral. So to sum it up and get crazy specific, you will still likely hear Mordecai or Selkies on occasion. Maybe even a couple others. But if you want us to play Naked By the Computer or Destructo Spin, you may have to wait until our reunion tour.
So. . .no "Freebird"?

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

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Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

A few new flicks are out for your viewing pleasure. The post-punk Beastmilk have gone the creep-o propaganda route with their visual accompaniment to "The Wind Blows Through Their Skulls." (Also how Shakespeare described burping.) And Eyehategod have cut a clip for "Medicine Noose." Reminder, you can catch Eyehategod on the absurdly loaded July 15 show at the Acheron that includes Iron Reagan, Vektor, and Strong Intentions (tickets). All eye candy is below.

As for the streams, blackened sludge slingers Goatwhore check in again with "Schadenfreude" from Constricting Rage Of The Merciless (July 8, Metal Blade - preorder). Origin have put up a lyric video for "Absurdity Of What I Am" (hint: it's tech widdles) from Omnipresent (July 8, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Both bands will be on the Summer Slaughter tour.

Mutilation Rites thrash the hell out of "Contaminate" from Harbinger (July 22, Prosthetic Records - preorder). Mutilation Rites will also be playing Obnoxious Noise Fest 2014 on August 9 at Even Flow Bar & Grill in Bay Shore with Malignancy, Pyrrhon (Doug, come home), Artificial Brain, and more. Tickets are $20 at the door. The full lineup for that one is down below.

More: Icelandic cowboys Solstafir have posted the title track from Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). Nasty cult death metallers Nunslaughter hammered out "Three Nails, One Liar," pulled off of the double disc Angelic Dread (June 24, Hells Headbangers - preorder). Blackened doom pack Wolvhammer dropped "The Desanctification" from Clawing Into Black Sun (July 8, Profound Lore). The blackened Bastard Sapling, featuring members of Windhand, are streaming "Lantern At the End of Time" on NPR. Instinct is Forever, their dual disc full-length, will be out August 26 via Forcefield Records. Check out all the brand new things below.

For full albums, genre chameleons Boris are offering the entirety of Noise on NPR (June 17, Sargent House - preorder). Boris will be touring with Atlas Moth and SubRosa soon. Stoners Wo Fat want you to take a toke of The Conjuring (June 17, Small Stone Recordings - preorder). And the powerviolence kick-puncher Boddicker -- who just started their tour with Nuclear Hellfrost -- have stuck all of Crime Upheaval up on Bandcamp. Scope Wo Fat and Boddicker below.

Lastly, for little guys and oddities, we got a new Black Sabbath funk take from Brown Sabbath and Ending Quest took a streamroller to OSDM. Both are below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

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TODAY (6/13): The crushing Trenchgrinder, Death of Kings, Vermefug, and Drones for Queens will shake the Acheron (tickets).

TOMORROW (6/14): Looking for an eclectic collection? How about drone, noise, folk, and death metal? Marissa Nadler, PHARMAKON, Youth Code, Pyrrhon (Another Doug sighting, take a shot), and Couch Slut play Saint Vitus as part of Pitchfork's Northside Festival showcase (tickets). Wanna go noisier? Erroraeon, xiphoid dementia, Bereft, and Penchant are over at the Acheron (tickets).

SUNDAY (6/15): Take your pops to a black metal show for Father's Day. Watain, Kosmodemonic, and T.O.M.B. are at Brooklyn Bazaar (tickets). If you're more into punk, there's Violent Bullshit at the Grand Victory. Tickets are $8 at the door, doors are at 2 PM. Finally, there's the sold out Chain Of Strength, Turnstile, MINDSET, Praise, and Caught In A Crowd over at the Acheron. Hey, click faster next time.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: It was an incredibly stacked week for new releases and Upcoming Metal Releases gave you the lowdown on which ones to buy. We also streamed new stuff from Chicago's doomy Novembers Doom and Norway's Brutal Blues, who are, uh, grind. We also premiered the front-runner for band name of the year with Denmark's Piss Vortex. (Yeah, we streamed Piss Vortex. Laugh it up, get it out of your system.) Great chats were had with Watain's Erik Danielsson and Greyhaze Record's J. Neto, the latter of which gave us a lesson on Brazilian metal just in time for the World Cup. Speaking of, Wyatt also dropped Stream in the Northern Sky #4 with an all U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A collection of patriotic blarghers. And, finally, we posted the final part of Avinash Mittur's crazy-deep look at the Bay Area metal scene.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

And try to avoid Camp Crystal Lake today, okay?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Exodus, Yob, Beastmilk, Goatwhore, Boris, Obnoxious Noise Fest, weekend shows & lots more"

by Ian Chainey

Opeth at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
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The metal industry's push-back against The Boomtown Rats continues this week with a smorgasbord of new streams. And, jeeze, these are some biggies.

First off, provided you didn't sneak a listen to the leak, Opeth offered the first full-track taste of Pale Communion, the Swedish progsters' 11th album. Mikael Åkerfeldt promised a lighter record and "Cusp Of Eternity" floats like a feather. The death metal density is long gone, traded in for a song that's like a Sunday brunch between Porcupine Tree and Deep Purple. Longtime fans may be perturbed, but "Cusp" starts to settle into a groove on subsequent listens. At worst, "Cusp" gives you time to count the music teacher ponytails during Opeth's next live show. Pale Communion comes out August 26 on Roadrunner Records. Check it out below.

Godflesh's return has gone better with older fans. "Ringer" seemed to hit the spot for most people, me included. The question was, would Decline and Fall feature any deviations from Godflesh's strengths? Today we all find out. The EP is available on their Bandcamp and streaming below. The page includes preorders for the CD and LP that feature bonus dub mixes of two of the tracks. So, how are the other three Godflesh tracks, you ask? Killer. "Dogbite" adds some swing in with their industrial whirr. "Playing With Fire" has a groove that already has been deposited in many bands' riff banks. "Decline and Fall" is an out and out crusher, something which should've scored a certain scene in a certain show that aired last night. All in all, Godflesh. Pure and simple.

Lastly, The Atlas Moth are previewing the entirety of The Old Believer on Pitchfork, complete with a look at the nutty water-reactive artwork. The Chicagoans' third LP to be released June 10 on Profound Lore (preorder) is a spacey affair, reinvigorating the stale atmospheric sludge template with plenty of psychedelic layers. If you're in a rush, skip to the second track "Collider" and its Failure-meets-Canterbury-prog lead work, or the smoky "Blood Will Tell" that immediately renders a couple years' worth of pretenders absolutely facile. Granted, there's been some burnout with the style, but this finds another gear. The Atlas Moth will be hitting the road with Boris soon.

Of course, Monday also brings Invisible Orange's Upcoming Metal Releases. If you're in the market for new metal, it's the list to hit. This round, we've herded contributions from the likes of The Cutthroats 9, Darkest Era, and King Buzzo. And, as always, we give the little guys some shine: Dweller in the Valley, Midnight Chaser, Volturyon, and a whole lot more. Come in and find a new friend or let us know what we missed.

Streams for Opeth and Godflesh below...

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By Ian Chainey

Godflesh @ Irving Plaza 4/10/2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

Angry about Metallica at Glastonbury? Or angry at people angry about Metallica at Glastonbury? Here's your palette cleanser. We've got a ton to cover, so let's take a walk on the newswire:

After finishing up a successful North American run, Godflesh will release Decline & Fall, a new EP of four songs, on May 26 through the band's Avalanche Recordings. Excepting a 2013 flexi single of a Slaughter cover, this will be the duos first new material since 2001's Hymns. Your 'oh god, I'm old' moment for the day: babies became teenagers in the years between new Godflesh tunes.

That said, Opeth fans will have to wait a little longer. Fans were promised a single and details on Pale Communion, the forthcoming 11th album for the proggy blarghers out on Roadrunner Records. It was originally slated for June 17. Now? August 26. (Godflesh fans: "Oh, cool, a couple months.") Per the outfit: "Several circumstances prevented the band from delivering essential tools to Roadrunner in time which are needed to set up the album release properly and release schedule conflicts made us mutually decide on August instead of June." Those circumstances? Probably the damn runaway wheel again.

Pilgrim is making a pilgrimage (stop groaning) across the United States with fellow doomers Age of Taurus. The group is supporting their recently released II: Void Worship, an epic doom tidal wave of sonic destruction. The tour will finish up June 25 at The Acheron with Holly Hunt and Blackout joining the bill as well. Tickets are on sale.

Also coming up at The Acheron? Malignancy! Yes, the masters of the pinch harmonic and incredible death metal stage banter will swing in with Goemagot at The Acheron on June 28. Tickets are on sale for that too.

In other touring news, Negura Bunget are not. At least, they're not touring North America after visa issues forced them to cancel their jaunt which was to have hit Saint Vitus tonight (5/9). The European dates of their world tour are still on, as is work on their next record. Says the group: "Meanwhile weíll focus all our frustration energy into completing the last details of the new album, Tau." The quirky Romanian black metallers have had a rough go of it lately, restocking the membership in 2013 upon the departure of most of the outfit to Dordeduh. Drummer Negru is the sole remaining member.

Speaking of Europe, perhaps BL'AST! and Bunget will cross paths. The reformed crossover neck-snappers will keep the comeback rolling with a European tour. Filling out the ranks are desert vets Nick Oliveri and Joey Castillo. BL'AST! will also be making select North American fest dates, including This is Hardcore.

Belphegor
Belphegor

Belphegor are back, circling August 8 as the date for Conjuring The Dead, which will be available via Nuclear Blast. It's the band's tenth LP and was produced, as most things are, by Eric Rutan. The Austrians have released the cover art in advance and it features the most blasphemous depiction of Mickey Mouse ever. See if you can spy it.

Shining -- the other one -- have signed to Season of Mist. The depresso bleak metallers will issue something new for the label in 2015. Shining brain Niklas Kvarforth: "After a long period of negotiations and discussions that lasted almost eight years, I have now chosen to grant Season of Mist the privilege of releasing the next Shining album." Eight years? But Niklas, YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE CARETAKER.

If you're excited to catch Super Duper Alice Cooper at Rocks Off Film Fest, you'll be pleased to note the surprisingly-not-adult-oriented production team, Banger Films, has signed on for two more documentaries: Black Sabbath and Soundgarden. Both will film this summer.

Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal, current members of Cynic and former members of Death, have publicly come out. Their Los Angeles Times interview is worth a read, not due to their orientation, but because they're simply smart, considerate, charismatic people. Cynic's Kindly Bent Free to Us was released in February of this year.

Cudahy, Wisconsin's Days Of The Doomed Fest has been renamed Days Of The Doomed Fest IV - In Memory Of Jason McCash, honoring the Gates of Slumber player who sadly passed away last month. The fest is headlined by trad-doomers Trouble and will span two days, June 20 and 21. A full lineup appears below.

Finally, out from left field, turbo blastbeater Nicholas Barker (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth) will join Berwick RBL and Eyemouth RBLS pipe bands -- as in bag pipes -- for a set of special engagements in Berwick upon Tweed in the UK. (Berwick upon Tweed: City name or math professor fanfic title?) Tickets will be free, but must be booked in advance. Americans, worry not, the performance will be filmed so you can battle that guy in the neighboring apartment who WON'T STOP BLASTING DUBSTEP. C'MON.

Don't forget: Keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions:

Pittsburgh grindy punks Complete Failure are offering "Errant Social Mile Marker" for name your own price at their Bandcamp. The entire album, The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault, is available for streaming below.

If you're in the same core mindset, Maryland Deathfest-invitees and satanic City of Angels powerviolence unit ACxDC dropped "Filicide" from their Antichrist Demoncore available through Melotov Records, June 24. Stream it below, too.

Death metal more your thing? The tech-ish beasts in Hour of Penance are streaming their long-player, Regicide, in full at Soundcloud. Get ready for blasts aplenty. The album will be out on Prosthetic Records next week.

Less tech? You can find a nasty bug Under the Church. (Again, the groans.) "Denial of Death" is up on Youtube, a foul bit of rot from former Nirvana 2002 members. June 16 is the date for this infected slice thanks to Pulverized Records.

Want weird? How about a band that named their last record We Meditate Under The Pussy In The Sky? That's from Opium Warlords, featuring the talents of ex-Reverend Bizarre singer Sami Albert Hymnien. The group teased "The Self-Made Man" (streamable below) from Taste My Sword Of Understanding out on Svart Records, May 30. Tastes like doom! With. . .a weird kick. . .water. . .need water.

The first track from the One and All, Together, for Home comp collected by Drudkh is now up, with this cut coming courtesy of Winterfylleth. The folk-metal/atmophosmeric black metal round-up will be available through Season of Mist on May 27. (Preorder.) All contributions will be exclusive to the comp, with most bands offering covers of traditional standards. Scope the packed tracklisting and the track stream below.

Lastly, Vancouver sludge riff stackers Bison have checked in with the b-side to 1000 Needles, their new EP which will see a release by way of War on Music Records sometime in June. That's below as well.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (5/9): Sadistic Intent, DEATHHAMMER, Natur, Inverted Trifixion, and Iron Force invade The Acheron, promising thrash n' blasts. (Tickets.) In a punk state of mind? Violent Bullshit and Steel Phantoms will be at Union Pool, $8 at the door.

TOMORROW (5/10): Saturday is absolutely overflowing. First, get into some longform tech and stretched out sludge with Ulcerate, Inter Arma, and CAR BOMB at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.) Punks, though, will have a tough choice. There's Geronimo, Force & Fire, Concrete Cross, and Nightcrawler at ABC No Rio ($8, doors at 3 PM) and then there's the throwback core of Zombie Fight (record release!), MANALIVE, On the Offense, Jukai, and Ache at The Acheron. (Tickets.)

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY (5/11): Need to cool down after raging? Make a classic rock connection with the retro Graveyard and Bombus at Webster Hall. (Tickets.)

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? Our NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: We were tossing you fresh gems left and right, premiering Belus, Vainaja, HUSH., Serpentine Path (click this, now), and Den Saakaldte. We also put on our thinking caps, dissecting Infestus and figuring out why bands with tiny discographies seem more authentic. And, as is our compulsion, we hoarded every release under the sun for your perusal in Upcoming Metal Releases.

As always, don't forget to dial in Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. This week, we had Kirk Windstein from Crowbar in as a guest and he played two new dandies from Crowbar's forthcoming Symmetry in Black. Plus, we jammed mountains of metal madness. Always worth the listen. Tune in every Tuesday, 10pm EST.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: new Godflesh EP; Negura Bunget cancel tour ++ Pilgrim, Opeth, Belphegor, weekend shows, lots more"

by Doug Moore

Opeth at MHOW, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

A lotta cool bands are putting stuff out soon! Let's dig into it.

Long-running Swedish prog metallers Opeth have announced that they will release their 11th album, Pale Communion, on June 17. (Okay, so they haven't been all that cool for a while now, but still, people love them.) Meanwhile, local black/death heavyweights Tombs have released a trailer for their upcoming third album, Savage Gold, which will be out on June 10 and which is now available for preorder. Trailer's below if you're into it.

The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem and Diocletian have all debuted new songs, while NYC wallopers Tiger Flowers are streaming their album in full -- you can catch their record release show on Saturday (4/12) at the Gutter, along with Meek Is Murder, So Hideous, and Dead Channels. You can check all four of those streams out below as well.

While we're on the live local tip: sadistic Philly noise-metal greats Starkweather will be hitting Brooklyn for a one-off on May 3 at The Grand Victory, along with Lament, The Communion, and Pyrrhon (my band). Tix are available. Further, White Widows Pact (feat. members of Primitive Weapons and Grudges) have announced a roughly two-week East Coast tour, part of which will also involve Hollow Earth, including the concluding NYC stop at The Acheron on 5/20 (tix).

As far as other live options this weekend go:

TONIGHT (4/11): the much-ballyhooed Decibel Magazine tour, which features Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem, will hit NYC at the Best Buy Theater (tix). If dropping $40 to see 40-somethings rage out onstage seems like a little much, you could opt instead for Hivesmasher, The Great Sabatini, Radiation Blackbody, Mother Brain, and Geryon (stacked!) at the Acheron (tix). Or if you wanna get the old-school vibe in a smaller space, UK proto-thrashers Satan are bringing their first-ever North American tour to Black Bear Bar (formerly Public Assembly), with support from Natur and Sacrificial Blood (tix).

TOMORROW (4/12): the aforementioned Tiger Flowers / Meek Is Murder / So Hideous / Dead Channels record release gig at the Gutter goes down. Sweden's Infernöh and BK's own Nomad will rock their previously TBA show at the Acheron, along with Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Green Beret, & Ivy (tix). Infernöh and Nomad will be back next weekend for New York's Alright.

For more, scan our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.

In the Invisible Oranges corner: we scoped out new music by The Oath, Aurvandil, Of Feather & Bone, and A Pregnant Light. We dispensed some helpful advice for independent bands who want to get music critics to check out their work. We gave away one last set of tickets to see Godflesh on our East Village Radio show, which was brought to you this week by Irving Plaza. (This Tuesday's show (4/15) features an interview with Godflesh, so be sure to tune in for that.) We also ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever.

That does it. Check out that bundle o' streams and the White Widows Pact dates below. Anything else?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Opeth, Tombs, Mayhem, Diocletian, White Widows Pact, weekend shows & more"

Opeth at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (more by Caroline Harrison)
Opeth

Progressive metal was the theme for the evening at Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (4/29), when Opeth & Katatonia played a sold-out show at the venue as part of a larger tour. Check out some pictures and a review from the show over at InvisibleOranges. It was the lone NYC date for the pair, who have already moved on to play Norfolk, VA tonight. Check out their tour dates HERE.

Opeth at Roseland, April 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Opeth

Now that the Brooklyn date (4/29) at MHoW is sold-out, Opeth and Katatonia are in the clear to announce another NYC area show at Wellmont Theater in NJ on April 19. Tickets go on sale Feb 1 at noon. The show is part of a larger tour for the pair, with the band expanding dates around their NEMHCF appearance.

Updated Opeth/Katatonia dates, including a newly added Austrailian tour for the former, are below.

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Opeth at Roseland, April 2012 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Opeth

As discussed at Invisible Oranges, Opeth and Katatonia clearly can't get enough of each other on the road, adding a second set of US dates (the first set happened in 2011) following Opeth's recent Heritage Hunter tour. Look for the pair to hit Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/29. Fan club presales are up, and regular tickets are on sale Friday (1/11).

photos by Rebecca Reed

Mastodon @ Roseland Ballroom
Opeth

From the opening wails of "Black Tongue" (accompanied by some adorable tongue-wagging by guitarist Brent Hinds) to the soaring peaks of "Octopus Has No Friends," [Mastodon] deftly wove its way through a setlist containing most of the tracks from last year's The Hunter along with other fan favorites. An extra-flashy light setup cloaked the band in hazy neon lights, making already-epic songs like "Blasteroid" downright menacing. The extra bits of A/V magic--including a pair of glowing, flashing eyes embedded in the tapestry behind the foursome--dramatically reiterated what we all already knew: Mastodons are masters of their craft. -[CMJ]
The Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost Heritage Hunter tour breezed into NYC on Wednesday (4/11) when the bands shared a stage at Roseland Ballroom. Here are some pics and all setlists.

The tour rolls on, and the bands play the Riv in Chicago tonight while the Decibel tour (without Watain) plays across town in the same city.

More pictures and the setlists from the NYC show, below...

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Mastodon at Terminal 5 (more by Greg Cristman)
Mastodon

The full tour schedule for the previously mentioned Heritage Hunter tour (with Mastodon, Opeth and Ghost) has been revealed. The bands will embark on a month-plus long trek kicking off in Maine and terminating in Atlanta. Along the way Mastodon and Opeth will swap headlining slots, as noted in the full list of dates below.

As discussed, the tour will hit Roseland Ballroom on April 11th for a Mastodon headlined show. Tickets go on LiveNation presale at 10AM on 2/1, with regular sale hitting on Friday. You can also catch the bands in Wallingford, CT.

All tour dates and Mastodon's new video (if you missed it), below...

Continue reading "Mastodon, Opeth, Ghost reveal all Heritage Hunter tour dates"

Ghost at Bowery Ballroom (more by Greg Cristman)
Ghost

The rumors are true. Mastodon, Opeth, and Ghost will team up for the Heritage Hunter Tour, a string of dates together that have not been entirely revealed, but include a few dates in Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, and NYC at Roseland Ballroom on April 11th. Tickets for the NYC show go on LiveNation presale at 10AM on 2/1, with regular sale hitting on Friday.

Ghost is currently finishing up a string of dates that included NYC at Bowery Ballroom.

In Solitude, which contains members of Ghost, will hit the road for dates with Beheomth/Watain/The Devil's Blood this fall too.

All known tour dates and a recent Mastodon video for "Dry Bone Valley" is below.

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by BBG

Tombs at BV-Rocks Off Official CMJ Showcase 2011 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Tombs

Decibel released their list of the best LPs of 2011. The list features a few repeat offenders and not too many surprises. One record listed technically came out in 2010 (and made my list of favorites that year). You can check out the full thing below. What record do you think they left off?

Continue reading "Decibel Magazine's Top 40 of 2011"

photos by Greg Cristman

Opeth @ Webster Hall
Opeth

"Swedish metal act Opeth played to a packed Webster Hall, debuting new songs from just-released record Heritage and putting new spins on old favorites.

Opeth may have started as a full-on death metal band, but recent years and albums have shown that both the band and its fans' affinity lies with the beautiful, progressive tracks that seem to pour out of frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt, and the death growls have slowly but surely been fading out of the picture, and are nowhere to be found on the new album.

The band opened with two new songs off of Heritage, The Devil's Orchard and I Feel The Dark, and the enthusiastic fans cheered wildly for the new music. Webster Hall's relatively small capacity meant that fans were crammed shoulder to shoulder, but even in the very front of the crowd, everyone was abnormally pleasant when compared to a typical rock show, and that positive energy was reflected on stage as well, the musicians all clearly vibing with one another. Åkerfeldt is an outgoing frontman, and took a break every few songs to joke with the crowd about everything from masturbation to Swedish royalty. [Examiner]

Opeth & Katatonia played their second of two shows at Webster Hall last night (9/22). Pictures from the first night, including one of their setlist, are in this post.

Their tour continues at the Trocadero in Philly tonight. Updated tour dates and more pictures below....

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OMD @ Terminal 5 in March (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
OMD

As Tune-Yards starts her second of two NYC shows at LPR tonight (9/20), OMD will be beginning their first of two shows at Irving Plaza. And I don't know what is about right now and two-night stands, but Wedneday and Thursday have two Beirut shows (both shows with Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier) and two Opeth shows.Thursday and Friday bring two Wilco shows (tickets went back on sale today) and two Girls shows (who also play Other Music while they're here). Old school East Coast punks (sort of) Blondie (who cover Beirut on their new album) just played two shows at Highline Ballroom. Old school West Coast punks X begin a two night run at Irving Plaza soon, but not before the two Radiohead shows at Roseland Ballroom with Four Tet and friends go on sale, sell out and happen (though Radiohead does overlap with X's Maxwell's show). Megafaun also play two NYC shows next week, as do Mogwai with the Soft Moon. Jay-Z & Kanye West will spend 9/27 & 9/28 11/5 & 11/6 at the Izod Center in NJ. Portishead and Jeff Mangum help end September and begin October with two shows each as part of ATP in NJ. Portishead follow it up with two more shows at Hammerstein Ballroom. I think that's a good place to stop. What else?

Dead Milkmen @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Dead Milkmen

The NYC Descendents / Suicide Machines show is one day before both bands descend upon the first-ever Riot Fest East at Festival Pier in Philly on 9/24! The killer lineup also includes Dead Milkmen, Naked Raygun, X (playing Los Angeles in full like they'll do two nights in NYC), Hot Water Music, Weston, Samiam, Plow United, The Menzingers (who play Santos on 6/24), Excitebike, Shot Baker, Larry and His Flask, The Holy Mess and more. Tickets for the Philly festival go on sale Friday (6/24) at 10 AM. A Flier and more info below.

Riot Fest East is also one day of the 2nd annual Philly F/M Festival: "A Four Day Event To Promote Music and Film In The City of Brotherly Love To Occur Thursday, Sept 22nd - Sunday, Sept 25th 2011."

The second annual festival will take place over four days, largely in the Fishtown / Northern Liberties neighborhoods of Philadelphia, which in recent years have become a cultural center for music and arts in the city. This year's festival will feature over 15 indoor and outdoor venues with capacities between 100-5,000. Participating venues include: The Festival Pier, Trocadero Theater, TLA, World Café Live and The Ukie Club.

Modeled after successful long-standing events such as SXSW and CMJ, Philly F/M looks to establish itself as the premiere multi-venue music and film festival for the U.S. East Coast entertainment and tourism market. Last year's festival took place in 30 venues with 300 artists and over 60 films from around the world. Philly F/M 2010 attracted 13,000 visitors across all events with little or no "headline" artists. This year the festival will host at least fifteen 'headline-level' artists of all music genres, more than 100 artists total. Attendance projections for the festival is more than 25,000 paid attendees, which will include a core group of at least 5,000 all-access badge holders.

The whole initial F/M lineup and Riot Fest too, below...

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Opeth - Heritage

Opeth are releasing their tenth full length Heritage September 20 via Roadrunner Records. Check out the sweet cover art above. In support of the album, the band will tour North America with Katatonia (whose past albums have featured vocals from Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt). Though all dates are not yet announced, it looks like the tour will begin around the time of the album release with shows at NYC's Webster Hall on September 21 and 22. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Wednesday (6/8) at noon. All known dates are listed below.

Opeth keyboardist Per Wiberg will unfortunately not be with the band at these shows. As mentioned on Opeth's website:

Keyboardist Per Wiberg has been relieved of his duties in Opeth as part of a mutual decision with the band. Keyboard duties on upcoming tours will be handled by a musician who is already rehearsing with the band. Said musician's identity will be released at a later date.

Vocalist/guitarist MikaelAkerfeldt released the following statement about the matter: "Well, it's been somewhat of a revolving door of members during the last couple of years, and now, Per is no longer a member. Mendez, Axe and Fredrik and I came to the decision that we should find a replacement for Per right after the recordings of the new album, and this came as no surprise to Per. He had, in turn, been thinking about leaving, so you could say it was a mutual decision. There's no bad blood, just a relationship that came to an end, and that's that. We wish Per the best, and he did a splendid job recording keyboards for the last record, which stands as his final recording with Opeth."

Heritage was produced by Akerfeldt and mixed along with Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson. The album will be released as a standard version, double LP, special edition with extras, and a box set exclusive to the Roadrunner and Opeth's merch webstore. The track "The Devil's Orchard" will be released as the first single and the band will possibly film a video for the song. Check out the tracklisting for the album along with more dates below...

Continue reading "Opeth releasing 'Heritage', touring w/ Katatonia (and a new keyboard player) --- 2011 dates include 2 NYC shows"

Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is here"

photos by Paul Bachmann, words by Stefan Raduta

Opeth

Has it really been 20 years? Unbelievable, Opeth have been around for this long, since Mikael Åkerfeldt was 16 years old. I remember the day when I first heard Orchid and I just fell in love with their unique, stunning sound. Without exaggerating, they are one of today's most successful metal acts and seeing them sell out Terminal 5 on their own is something expected and so well deserved. I'm sure people flew in from everywhere, it was either NYC or LA.

To commemorate their 20th anniversary, Opeth put together 6 very exclusive shows across the globe: Stockholm(Sweden), Essen(Germany), Paris (France), London (UK), New York City and Los Angeles. Needless to say, all sold out months in advance. To make these events as special as possible, they announced they'd play 2001's Blackwater Park from beginning to end, and as a bonus they'd even perform some songs they never played before from their previous albums.

Having seen them live numerous times before, I can safely say that their performance on April 7th is one of the most memorable, and definitely their longest set ever, over two and half hours long! They always were a great live band, but now it's ridiculous to see how good they've become, how natural and relaxed they are while playing every single note to the perfection. It just makes so much sense to see them where they are now. Theirs is not just a simple success story. It took Opeth eleven years to finally break through with Blackwater Park, their fifth album that came very close to never being released. During the recording they almost broke down and abandoned everything - tensions were high, but Steve Wilson (Porcupine Tree) saved them. He helped the band with the albums that followed too. The band has never compromised though. They always stood their ground, even while struggling in the underground for so many years, releasing the most out of the ordinary music - a stunning medley of heartbroken melancholy and neck breaking riffs. They had a serious loyal fan base but no real label support.

In New York City the fans just went berserk as soon as they came on stage. I've rarely seen such an enthusiastic crowd. Blackwater Park goes very deep with a lot of people, and even for the band it was a real turning point. So you could pretty much cut the excitement with a knife. People came for an experience to remember, and Opeth gave the audience their money's worth, and more. So many young kids who were probably barely born when Opeth started were even going nuts with every song, singing the lyrics, crowd surfing, moshing, you name it, a real metal show. As for the set list...you really couldn't ask for anything better. Anyone who's been at these exclusive events really got the best Opeth deal of their lives...I could go through every one of these timeless classics, but there's just no point. Check out the setlist with more pictures from the show below....

Continue reading "Opeth played Blackwater Park & much more @ Terminal 5 in NYC - pics & setlist"

Jeff Beck

'Eric and I played together in Japan earlier this year and had a blast. Since then we have been in regular contact and talked about doing a similar show for our fans. Looking forward to the shows in 2010," said Jeff Beck.

"I've always considered Jeff Beck to be one of the finest guitar players around. He's a friend, a great guy, and a truly gifted musician. We had such a fun time in Japan that it seemed natural to play together again," said Eric Clapton.

Jeff and Eric will perform "perform together and apart" at the two previously-mentioned Madison Square Garden shows they're playing on on February 18 & 19. Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon.

Muse and Silversun Pickups are playing MSG in March.

Tickets also go on sale @ noon for the special Opeth show coming up at Terminal 5.

Tickets went on sale Saturday for the Drums/Surfer Blood show coming up at Bowery Ballroom.

A whole bunch of other shows recently went on sale too.

by BBG

Opeth at Hammerstein (more by Chris La Putt)
Opeth

"I can't believe it, but...fuck...we're celebrating 20 years!! 20 years I've been in this band, ever since I was 16! It's insane! As far as I remember, we've never had a release party, never celebrated anything officially. Well, now is the time, you hear?

We've set up a string of shows, six of them actually, around the world. To say that they will be super-exclusive is beyond an understatement!

We've discussed the setlist already and it seems like we'll pull out a few songs we've never played before, some of which fans all over the world have been demanding to hear for years and years. Our main agenda for these shows is to have 'fun' whilst trying to blow your fucking minds. You could say business as usual, but really...it'll be special, trust me!" - Mikael Åkerfeldt, Opeth

Blow our minds? It just may. The band is committed to do TWO sets of over two hours of music at each of the dates; one set will be the entire Blackwater Park LP (rad), with the second set being comprised of "mixed material from the band's extensive catalog". Of the six dates, the US gets two: April 7th at Terminal 5 and April 9 at The Wiltern in LA. Tickets for the T5 show go on sale Monday 12/7 at noon, which will include "VIP ticket packages to all shows which include a laminated VIP pass exclusive to each show, access to sound check, a meet-and-greet with OPETH, a t-shirt exclusive to that particular show, a signed tour program and a special edition CD/DVD of 'Blackwater Park', with a 5.1 mix and a 30-minute, never-before-seen documentary all nicely packaged in a hard cover digipack designed by artist Travis Smith".

All dates and some videos below....

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