Entries tagged with: Pallbearer
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher
At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer @ Webster Hall - 4/12/15
The Decibel-presented At the Gates, Converge, Pallbearer, Vallenfyre tour wrapped up last night with a sold-out show at NYC's Webster Hall. Vallenfyre, the death/doom supergroup with members of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Doom, At the Gates and more, opened the show. They were a bit less my thing personally than the rest of the bill, but sounded tight. They also played a last-minute late show at Saint Vitus after the Inter Arma / Yautja show at that venue. Anyone go?
Up next was Pallbearer. They could only play a three-song set, due to the fact that they were opening and most of their songs near or pass the 10-minute mark, but their brief set had them sounding excellent as ever. I'd only seen them in smaller, darker venues before, but a big stage with smoke machines and a more elaborate light show suited them well. Not that that should come as a surprise -- Pallbearer's music is the kind of thing that towers over you in any environment, so seeing the band literally look bigger than ever only added to the intensity.
Converge followed, and they weren't supporting a new album or anything (their most recent is still 2012's All We Love We Leave Behind), but they cherry-picked a handful of favorites from Jane Doe and on, giving us "Dark Horse," "Aimless Arrow," "You Fail Me," "Concubine," and more in their all-killer set. Jacob Bannon is one of the most consistently exciting hardcore frontmen around, and last night's show was no exception to this. His screams are constantly a force, his stage moves are iconic, and it's always refreshing to see Bannon do his thing, considering how many imitators you see at other hardcore shows. And the rest of Converge is never a bore on stage either. Kurt Ballou's fretwork is always dizzying to watch, and the sheer force that he, bassist Nate Newton and drummer Ben Koller can make as just a trio never ceases to amaze.
Finally At the Gates wrapped up the night, making their first NYC appearance since 2008. The difference this time though is they had a new album to support (2014's At War With Reality), their first since 1995's ridiculously influential Slaughter of the Soul. The new songs sounded great last night, but it was the Slaughter of the Soul songs that got the whole crowd going wild every time. After opening with "Death and the Labyrinth" off the new LP, they gave us the unbeatable one-two punch of "Slaughter of the Soul" into "Cold," and for the next six and a half minutes the energy both on and off stage was at an ultimate high. Admittedly, it didn't stay that way the entire time and their set did feel a little long (especially compared to Converge's), but the show went out with a bang. They returned to the stage with SotS opener "Blinded by Fear," gave a little hype-y stage banter before "Kingdom Gone" from their debut ("New York do you like death metal? Because we don't like death metal... WE LOVE DEATH METAL!!!!), and ended the night on a high note with At War With Reality closer "The Night Eternal."
More pictures, and AtG and Converge's setlists, below...
photo: Om at LPR in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Al Cisnero (Sleep) and Emil Amos' (Grails, Holy Sons) band OM have a few dates coming up this year. They were part of today's initial NXNE lineup announcement, and also playing Santa Ana's Psycho California Festival (May 15-17) with Sleep, Pentagram (performing First Daze Here), Cult of Luna, Earth, Kylesa, Russian Circles, Eyehategod, Indian, Pallbearer, Old Man Gloom, Cave In, Tombs and more. Tickets for that fest are on sale, full lineup below.
Full tour schedule, a video, and the Psycho California lineup, below...
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It includes Billy Joel (!?!), Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Alabama Shakes, Childish Gambino, Flume, Slayer, Belle & Sebastian, Spoon, The War on Drugs, Ben Folds, Atmosphere, Atomic Bomb! (William Onyeabor tribute), Flying Lotus, Earth Wind & Fire, Caribou, SBTRKT, Run the Jewels, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Against Me!, Rudimental, Mac DeMarco, Tears for Fears, Tycho, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Woods, Iceage, Between the Buried & Me, Rustie, Strand of Oaks, Pallbearer, Dej Loaf, Hiss Golden Messenger, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and many more.
Tickets will be available Saturday (1/17) at noon on bonnaroo.com.
Full lineup below...
As always, there are tons of good metal and metal-related tours swinging through NYC and other one-off heavy shows happening here. We don't get around to posting all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the local heavy shows coming up that we're excited about:
Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play the Acheron TONIGHT (1/8) with support from Meth Valley and Mammal. When we first wrote about them, we said, "If you've never experienced the over-the-top spectacle that is Hellbent Hooker, you're in luck. Prepare for a gross-out session... in the best ways possible." Tickets for tonight are on sale.
On Sunday (1/11) at Saint Vitus, mathcore shredders Meek Is Murder team up with Vomit Fist, Aminals and Budd Dwyer. Tickets are on sale.
Brooklyn trio Mortals, who put out a great album on Relapse last year, were already announced to open the first night of Eyehategod's 2-night stand at Saint Vitus (tickets), and they've since added their own show happening soon after on February 15 at Acheron. The Black Antler and Nerve Shatter open. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
As a reminder, some previously discussed metal tours are about to hit NYC too. There's the unmissable High on Fire / Windhand double bill hitting Vitus on Friday (1/9) for two shows, but unfortunately both are sold out.
Watain at Irving Plaza in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Just a few days after that, you'll probably want to head to Webster Hall (2/28) where two death metal legends, Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse, bring their co-headlining tour. Aeon and Tribulation open. Tickets are still available.
March is stacked so far as well. Legendary Swedes Nifelheim are making a rare and very anticipated NYC appearance on March 15 at Saint Vitus with Ares Kingdom (ex-Order from Chaos), Slutvomit and Iron Force. Get tickets.
The following weekend gets pretty nuts. West Coast black metal greats Dispirit finally make their East Coast debut at Saint Vitus on March 20 and 22 with different sets and different openers each night (tickets). And right smack in the middle of those two shows, the killer Enslaved / Yob / Ecstatic Vision tour hits Gramercy Theater (3/21). You can still get tickets for that one too.
Looking forward a bit to the spring, Electric Wizard's first North American tour in over 10 years hits Webster Hall on April 2. That's unfortunately sold out, but you can try your luck on StubHub or something. This one's not to miss.
Only 10 days later, you may find yourself back at Webster Hall (4/12), where the At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer / Vallenfyre tour will be blowing minds. Tickets for that one are still on sale.
Of course these are just a few options and there's always more. What else?
Oh, and in one last bit of non-show news, Torche recently dropped another ripper from their upcoming LP on Relapse. Stream it below...
photo: Pallbearer at FFF Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As if the Decibel-presented At the Gates / Converge / Vallenfyre tour wasn't already an unstoppable metal bill (of which 2015 has no lack of), it just got even better. Converge frontman J. Bannon announced that 2014's doom MVPs Pallbearer have been added to all dates as well! The NYC show happens April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
List of dates, and a stream of Pallbearer's 2014 album, below...
by Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis
We love year-end lists -- reading them, making them, arguing about them. BrooklynVegan editors Andrew Sacher and Bill Pearis have once again figured out their favorite albums of the year which you can check out, with commentary, below. Someday we may be able to come to an agreement on an official BV year-end list, but as you'll see there's not a lot of commonality between their two lists. (Specifically, there is zero commonality.) Which is ok! Diff'rent Strokes to rule the world. This year, they've also added their Top 20 favorite songs as well.
Find out what made their lists, below...
Yesterday, Pitchfork put out their top tracks of 2014 and today they continue their year-end coverage with their 20 honorable mention albums, a list they say is "not #51 through #70 in our albums poll, but rather, records we thought were exceptional this year and deserved to be highlighted regardless of where they wound up." They included Against Me!'s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, and wrote, "Against Me! is a punk band making their most necessary album as they approach 20 years of existence. (The kids I knew in high school never would've predicted that.)"
There's also Frankie Cosmos' Zentropy, which P4k gave plenty of buzz this year, emo revival band The Hotelier's Home, Like Noplace Is there, iLoveMakonnen (who did really well in their tracks list), the US release on Run for Cover of Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan's 2013 album II, Pallbearer's Foundations of Burden (the only metal album to get best new music this year), Protomartyr's Under Color of Official Right, rising and BCC Sound of 2015 longlisted Shamir's Northtown EP, Sleaford Mods' Divide and Exit and more.
Find out who else made the list, below...
NYC goth duo Tempers previously released a few promising singles on Pendu Sound, and they recently teamed up with photographer Bela Borsodi to make an appropriately dark video for one of those songs, "Hell Hotline." Check out the video below, and if you haven't gotten it already, you can download the track for free below too.
Tempers have also given us a list of their top ten albums of 2014, which you can also check out below...
SPIN returned with their Top Albums of 2014 list today. It's got a lot of the indie albums that usually show up on these lists (Caribou, Future Islands, FKA twigs, Parquet Courts, Cloud Nothings, How to Dress Well, Swans, St. Vincent, Real Estate, etc), a handful of rap albums (YG, Young Thug, Shabazz Palaces, Run the Jewels, Schoolboy Q, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, etc), metal (Pallbearer), punk (Against Me!, Joyce Manor), mainstream pop (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert), and a couple headscratchers (Betty Who at #11?). You-know-who scores the #1 slot once again here. Check it out for yourself below.
NPR have posted their Top 50 Albums of 2014, and like it usually is, it's one of the more diverse year-end lists we've seen so far. There's a lot of the indie that shows up on many of these lists (The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, Spoon, Perfume Genius, Angel Olsen, etc), the hip hop (Run the Jewels, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, YG, Isaiah Rashad, etc), the big-name pop (Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert), the metal (Pallbearer) and plenty of others, as well as classical, jazz, world music, a Latin funk band with an album's worth of Black Sabbath covers, and still more.
Check out their full list in alphabetical order below...
intro by Andrew Sacher
Restorations (photo by Mitchell Wojcik)
Philly rockers Restorations put out LP3 earlier this year on SideOneDummy. It's an excellent record; one you'll probably see on a handful of year-end lists this year thanks to its superior take on heartland/blue collar rock that rivals a lot of the stuff it was likely influenced by (Lucero, The Hold Steady, Hot Water Music, etc). The band's singer Jon Loudon was also nice enough to give us his own 2014 year-end list, which includes 10 pretty diverse picks.
Check it out for yourself, with commentary on each one from Jon and honorable mentions, below...
Metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2014 list in their newest issue, which you can check out in more detail if you're a subscriber. And thanks to Stereogum who transcribed it, you can also browse the full thing below. Though Decibel have tended to lean towards veterans for their top spot, a much newer band takes the #1 album this year. And if you're into modern metal, their choice is pretty hard to argue. Those big veteran comeback albums show up soon after though, with At the Gates taking #2 and Godflesh coming in at #5. There's plenty more on there too -- see for yourself below.
At the Gates, related band Vallenfyre (#8 on this list), and 2012 winners Converge will head out on the 2015 Decibel tour next year. As discussed, that hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are still available.
Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014 below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
Our favorite annual Austin music festival Fun Fun Fun Fest begins tonight/Thursday at various venues around Austin and continues for three days straight at Auditorium Shores, and each night at more local venues. The latter category is the 'Nites' when many bands play a 2nd FFF-affiliated show while in town for the fest.
BrooklynVegan is proud to present one of the Nites, and that is Dinosaur Jr., Meat Puppets and Cass McCombs at ACL Live Saturday night.
Our metal blog Invisible Oranges presents Pallbearer, local rippers Eagle Claw, Pallbearer's blackened tourmates Vattnet Viskar and JR Robinson's metal collective Wrekmeister Harmonies at Elysium Saturday night.
The Blood Brothers are one of the many bands featured in our 'emo revival guide to Fun Fun Fun'.
Death Grips will not.
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:
FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.
You can still get FFF passes here.
Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...
by Ian Chainey
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.
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.
by Ian Chainey
Philadelphia's Ecstatic Vision have signed to Relapse Records and will release their debut near the beginning of 2015. With that, let's get the ex-band stuff out of the way: Doug Sabolick (guitars/vocals) and Jordan Crouse (drums) both played with metalcore groovers A Life Once Lost. However, on the surface, Ecstatic Vision are hardly a continuation of that band's subtly chameleonic sound. Instead, the new quartet filled out by bassist Michael Field Connor and percussionist Muffinman trip into a void swirling with the fuzzy psych of the early '70s work of bands like Amon Düül and Agitation Free, just if they were flavored with African rhythms. Granted, that reads like a stretch -- as if a random purchase of African Scream Contest was the catalyst for a shift away from metal -- but it grows on you, mainly by using the same trance-like effect of A Life Once Lost's underappreciated last album with a better-suited set of timbres. Says Sabolick of their status and sound:
We are currently recording our debut album at various studios around Philly. The album is a great mix of trance inducing primitive African tribal meets heavy psych a la Hawkwind. We are stoked to be working hand in hand with Relapse to bring this unique album to fruition and bring our brand of heavy psych to the masses.You can hear a track from the band's 2013 demo and watch a live video below.
In addition to the signing and the new album, Ecstatic Vision also have a number of live dates set up, including opening for Pallbearer, Tombs and Vattnet Viskar on October 28 at NYC's Saint Vitus, the second of two shows there on their tour. That show is now sold out.
All Ecstatic Vision dates are listed, with the 2013 demo and live video, below...
by Ian Chainey
Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Foundations of Burden, the highly anticipated sophomore LP from doomers Pallbearer hit Pitchfork Advance this week. The six-track, nearly 55 minute album continues on in the spirit of Sorrow and Extinction with melancholic leads, redwood-thick riffs, and sorrowful singing. If there's a shift, it's slightly more progressive songwriting that gives their epics a knottier quality. The album will be out via Profound Lore Records on August 19 and it's available for preorder now.
Update: You can now stream it below via bandcamp.
In addition to their album and their Euro tour with YOB, they have a previously discussed stateside run with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar which was recently expanded. After their now-sold-out show happenning at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on October 27, they'll hit the same venue again on October 28. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (8/12) at noon.
Updated dates are listed below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
In what looks to be the metal press darling tour of the fall, Pallbearer, Tombs and Vattnet Viskar are teaming up for a North American run that kicks off on October 17 in Nashville. The tour hits New York on October 27 at Saint Vitus--tickets go on sale on Friday (7/11) at noon. If you want to see Pallbearer and your city isn't on this list, don't despair--Pallbearer is finalizing the details of a second tour leg that will take place in places "West of Little Rock." It's unclear if that tour will include Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. As part of their currently planned run, Pallbearer (just PB) will also be playing Fun Fun Fun Fest. All announced dates are listed below.
After a tape demo, Pallbearer stormed onto the metal scene with 2012's massive and great Sorrow and Extinction, a release that, for a lot of people, (re)kindled an interest in doom. The band's followup, Foundations Of Burden, is out on August 19 on Profound Lore Records. You can stream a track at NPR.
Brooklyn's Tombs put out the excellent Savage Gold a few weeks back (stream a track, read an interview and review at Invisible Oranges) and, if past experience is to judge, will be great live. They'll be in NYC way before the tour with Pallbearer to celebrate the new LP with a release show at Saint Vitus (7/25) with Pyrhhon, Statiqbloom and Passage Between. Tickets for that show are still available. Their tour also hits Richmond's Fall Line Fest.
As mentioned, New Hampshire black metal band Vattnet Viskar, who have toured regularly since 2013's Sky Swallower, will also be in NYC before the Pallbearer tour on their tour with the awesome Silver Snakes. That hits NYC on 7/21 at the Acheron with No Way and Twin Strike (tickets).
Pallbearer will be on a previously discussed tour in Europe with the mighty doom band Yob before their tour with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. All dates are listed below...
by Ian Chainey
Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Sorrowful doomers Pallbearer are streaming a new track on NPR. This one is called "The Ghost I Used To Be." The first released song from the forthcoming Foundations Of Burden (August 19, Profound Lore Records) charges out the gate with weighty strums. Soon, singer/guitarist Brett Campbell gives the track a blue tint, flexing his throat with Patrick Walker-esque downtrodden emotion. Then, you're off on a trip in the progressive sense as Pallbearer stretches out for 10 Epicus minutes.
Pallbearer -- who recently played Northside, though their maybe-alter ego Goat Pope couldn't make an appearance -- is currently wrapping up a tour with Deafheaven and Wreck and Reference. In September, they'll embark on a European run of dates with YOB, who also have a new album on the way called Clearing The Path To Ascend (September 2, Neurot Recordings). In November, Pallbearer will appear at Fun Fun Fun Fest.
All dates are listed, with a live video of Pallbearer at their Northside show, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Vilkacis at Europa - 6/12/14 (photo via Invisible Oranges Instagram)
Pitchfork's Northside metal show with Pallbearer, Hull, Planning for Burial, Yellow Eyes and Vilkacis was last night, and I stopped by to check out Vilkacis's set, the one-man band's first and only since a live debut (with a live lineup) at "a basement show about a year ago," according to Michael Rekevics, the guy behind Vilkacis. You may know Rekevics from one of his other projects, among them Fell Voices, Vorde and Ruin Lust. He's usually behind the drums, as he is in Fell Voices, and one thing that the bands he's a part of have in common is relentless, furious drumming. That was on display last night as the four piece tore through a roughly twenty minute set, full of big, anthemic melodies buried behind a wall of driving guitar, bass and drums. Intensity was on high--Rekevics screamed sans mic for a good bit of a set, a bass string was popped loose by the middle of song two, and it didn't stop until it was abruptly over, after "Blood Dream in the Fever of War" wrapped up, when the drummer kicked over part of his kit and the four unceremoniously exited the stage leaving the rest of us to come back down to reality. Catch Vilkacis again at Martyrdoom, when the band plays on a stacked Tuesday lineup with Mournful Congregation, Lycus, Lord Mantis and Evoken. That will be one hell of a show.
The show ran late, and I'm told Pallbearer didn't take the stage until nearly 1AM. An aftershow was planned at The Acheron with Savagist, Yellow Eyes and "Goat Pope," a band that according the Acheron "cannot possibly play at the same time" as Pallbearer. That performance was canceled due to the late hour, and while Yellow Eyes and Savagist performed, we'll have to wait for another day for some more info on the infamous and mysterious "Goat Pope."
For more metal at Northside Fest, Watain are playing Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Sunday (6/15) with T.O.M.B. and Kosmodemonic. Tickets for that show are still available and we're also giving away a few pairs.
by Wyatt Marshall
Mike Rekevics (right) w/ Fell Voices in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
We've already mentioned Pitchfork's Northside metal show featuring Pallbearer, Hull, Planning for Burial, Yellow Eyes and Vilkacis, but we haven't given much play to Vilkacis around these parts. The band is a one-man black metal project from Mike Rekevics, drummer of the atmospheric black metal band Fell Voices (and Vorde, and Ruin Lust), and, like Fell Voices, Vilkacis delivers long, hypnotic black metal. Vilkacis is decidedly more lo-fi and may hit a bit harder, though, and if you give "Blood Dream in the Fever of War" off of Vilkacis' debut The Fever of War a listen below, you'll hear that the Vilkacis's material is also catchier than it's better known cousin, something closer to anthemic. If you like what you hear, The Fever of War is out now on vinyl on Psychic Violence.
There's also an aftershow for tonight's Pallbearer show at Acheron at 11 PM which features "PsychoBlackMetal warlords" Goat Pope, plus Yellow Eyes and Savagist. Unlike Special Guest, we can not actually find evidence of a real band called Goat Pope. So who exactly are they? We're not sure, but Acheron says, "You can ABSOLUTELY catch both Pallbearer at Europa and then catch Goat Pope at the Acheron. They cannot possibly play at the same time." Admission is $10 or $8 with a stub from the Europa show.
Vilkacis stream below...
by Ian Chainey
Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Two colossal crushers have new things on the way. First up is Little Rock's Pallbearer, a classic doomer not afraid to evoke emotions. They recently announced a tour with Deafheaven and Wreck and Reference. Now we get the details on the upcoming album. It's titled Foundations Of Burden and the cover art by Anitmetalphysical (Sean Reynolds Williams) is a gorgeous trip, complete with a possible nod to Rush's Hemispheres. That or something out of a Gary Gygax dream. Nice work on the natural 20 creativity roll, Sean. The record will be available via Profound Lore on August 19. Fun fact: Pallbearer's debut, Sorrow and Extinction, is the second best selling Profound Lore title. Owner/operator Chris Bruni passed along that nugget and more when Invisible Oranges picked his brain in honor of PFL's 10th anniversary.
The other hefty full-length on the horizon is Tombs' Savage Gold. The bleak beast is now streaming in full at Pitchfork and it's as expansive as expected. I recently had a chance to chat with Mike Hill, Tombs' frontman, and he's got an interesting perspective when it comes to music:
"I don't like to blame other people for my failures. If I fuck up, it's my own fault. If something goes wrong, I have to analyze what decisions I've made to put me in that consciousness. A number of years ago I had someone in my life that was always looking outward with respects to the hardships he was experiencing. It was always someone else's fault, never his. I feel like we are all responsible for our own destinies."You can check out the full interview on IO. You can grab Savage Gold on Tuesday (6/10) through Relapse (preorder).
Find the cover art and tracklisting for Foundations of Burden below.
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