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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

High on Fire / Pallbearer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg - 8/18/15
High on Fire

High on Fire are one of those bands who never really change their sound much, but never really have to either. If you needed proof of that (which you probably don't), more than half of the 15-year-old band's songs at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (8/18) were less than two months old, and the crowd's excitement didn't die down once. Matt Pike took the stage (shirtless, obviously) with no more than a "We're High on Fire, motherfuckers" and went right into "The Black Plot," the killer opener off the new album. Whether it was that song and the others off Luminiferous or an oldie like "10,000 Years," they were as pulverizing and as downright fun as you could ask for.

Direct support came doom greats Pallbearer, who gave us "Worlds Apart" and "The Ghost I Used To Be" off last year's fantastic Foundations of Burden and "Devoid of Redemption" and "Foreigner" off its also-excellent predecessor, Sorrow & Extinction. Unlike High on Fire, Pallbearer aren't always a fun band live, but maybe this tour has had an effect on them because Tuesday's show might be the most energized I've seen them yet. They crushed, and that 40 minute set flew by like nothing.

Opening was Lucifer, the new band of The Oath's Johanna Sadonis, whose catchy trad-doom sounded pretty solid. Before them was Venomous Maximus, who I unfortunately missed but our photographer didn't. Pictures of the whole show are in this post.

This show and the tour's other NYC stop (Irving Plaza on 10/15) were co-presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges. Check out pictures of the Irving show HERE, and more pictures and HoF's setlist from MHOW, below...

Continue reading "High on Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer & Venomous Maximus ended their NYC run at MHOW (pics, setlist)"

photos by Mathieu Bredeau

"Matt Pike shredding part of the guitar solo for "Fertile Green" by High on Fire at Irving Plaza New York, NY. I could watch this greasy, tattooed scumbag play guitar all fucking day." - Aaron Zimmerman

HoF / Pallbearer
High on Fire

Sludge greats High on Fire have been on tour in support of their recently-released Luminiferous with the awesome bill of Pallbearer, Lucifer and Venomous Maximus. Over the weekend, it hit Irving Plaza for its first of two Brooklynvegan/Invisible Oranges-presented shows in NYC. HoF's set included most of the new album and of course some old favorites too. Pallbearer played only four songs (but their songs are all about ten minutes long) and split things evenly between their two records.

The tour's second BV/IO-presented NYC show is Tuesday (8/18) at MHOW (tickets). More pictures from Irving (including one of HoF's setlist) below...

Continue reading "High on Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer & Venomous Maximus played their first of two NYC shows (Irving Plaza pics)"

photo by Ester Segarra

Lucifer's a powerful name because it has social, religious and literary connotations. At the same time, it's sort of an anonymous name. It's not hard to conjure that name up out of our collective unconscious. Why that name?

I had this name from the beginning. I was thinking about it for a while, whether I should do it or not, because I'm aware it's a very blunt move. [I knew] that people would say, "Who does she think she is, calling her band that?" If you look at Metal Archives, there are seven bands called Lucifer. I was actually surprised that there are only seven bands called Lucifer, because if you look up any other cliche word on Metal Archives, you will find tons and tons of bands. I thought, "The figure of Lucifer is so powerful and beautiful." I associate the band with it. Lucifer was a very misunderstood misfit. I thought it was a very beautiful metaphor and it's also a very catchy name. I thought it was great for that concept of having a heavily '70s-influenced heavy rock band. For both reasons: the superficial one -- it's a killer name for a band -- but also what Lucifer stands for. I thought it was very beautiful.

As a fan of this style of music, it has to be exciting working with Gaz Jennings.

Absolutely. I've been a Cathedral fan. He's one of the greatest guitar players of this genre that I know. He's so good. I'm thrilled to have him with it.

Last year, doom duo The Oath broke up a month after releasing their debut album, but vocalist Johanna Sadonis is now fronting a new band, Lucifer. Their debut album, Lucifer I, comes out next week (6/16) via Rise Above Records and you can stream the whole thing below via our metal sister site Invisible Oranges. IO also interviewed Johanna about their band name, working with ex-Cathedral guitarist Gaz Jennings for the album, and more. That's a quote above and you can read the rest here.

As previously mentioned, Lucifer are going on tour with High on Fire, Pallbearer and Venomous Maximus, which hits NYC for two BV/IO-presented shows: August 15 at Irving Plaza and August 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those shows are still available.

High on Fire's new album is streaming now too. Full list of tour dates, and the Lucifer album stream, below...

Continue reading "stream Lucifer's (ex-The Oath) debut album on Rise Above"


Tickets for the High on Fire, Pallbearer, Lucifer and Venomous Maximus show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges are presenting, are on BV/IO presale now. PASSWORD = InvisiblePallbearer.

Tickets for the BV/IO-presented date at Irving Plaza are also still on presale through 10 PM tonight (5/14). Password for that one is OrangesMysteriis.

If you miss out on the presales, general on-sales for both start Friday (5/15) at noon and 10 AM for MHOW and Irving, respectively. All tour dates HERE.

photo: High on Fire at Saint Vitus in January (more by Keith Marlowe)
High on Fire

Tickets for the High on Fire and Pallbearer show at Irving Plaza on 8/15 (with Lucifer and Venomous Maximus) which BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges are presenting go on BV/IO presale today at 10 AM. The password is OrangesMysteriis.

If you miss out, regular sale begins Friday. Presale for the BV/IO-presented Music Hall of Williamsburg date of the tour go on BV/IO presale on Thursday (5/14) so check back that morning for the password.

UPDATE: MHOW presale started too. Password here.

All tour dates HERE.



photo: High on Fire at Saint Vitus in January (more by Keith Marlowe)

High on Fire went on a short tour earlier this year where they previewed some new songs from an upcoming album. That album has since been announced: it's called Luminiferous and will be out on June 23 via eOne Music. Converge's Kurt Ballou produced it. You can check out the artwork and tracklist below.

High on Fire also have shows coming up, with killer direct support from modern doom MVPs Pallbearer, as well as openers Lucifer and Venomous Maximus. The dates include two BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-presented NYC dates: August 15 at Irving Plaza, as well as a Brooklyn show on August 18 at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets go on a BV/IO presale for Irving starting Wednesday (5/13) at 10 AM, and the general on-sale begins Friday (5/15) at 10 AM. Check back here Wednesday morning for the presale password. Music Hall of Williamsburg tickets go on tickets go on a BV/IO presale beginning Thursday at noon, before the general sale Friday at that same link. The password will also be here then.



High on Fire just released the new song "The Black Plot" from the new album. Listen (via Noisey), with the list of dates, album artwork and tracklist, below...

Continue reading "High on Fire touring w/ Pallbearer, Venomous Maximus & Lucifer, playing two BV-presented NYC shows ++ new song stream"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher

At the Gates / Converge / Pallbearer @ Webster Hall - 4/12/15
At The Gates

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.

At The Gates

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...

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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.

RIght after NXNE, they'll stop in NYC for an Invisible Oranges-presented show at Saint Vitus on June 21. Other bands TBA, but tickets are on sale now.

Full tour schedule, a video, and the Psycho California lineup, below...

Continue reading "Om playing Brooklyn after NXNE (IO presents) + Psycho California w/ Sleep, Pentagram & many more"


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.

That fake poster wasn't too far off. Tickets are on sale now....and apparently traveling to Europe hasn't been this affordable for Americans in a long time.

Continue reading "Primavera Sound 2015 lineup announced"

photo: fans at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Bonnaroo returns in 2015 from June 11-14 in Manchester, TN and the lineup is now announced.

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...

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Hellbent Hooker
Hellbent Hooker

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.

Couch Slut, who released their excellent debut album, My Life As A Woman, last year, return to Saint Vitus on January 23 with Tile, Microwaves and Chain Gang Grave. 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)

The next night, the killer black metal bill of Mayhem, Watain and Revenge descends upon Webster Hall (1/10). Tickets for that one are still available.

The great local double bill of Tombs and Black Anvil happens 1/30 at Acheron (tix).

The "holy shit this is real" bill of Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed and Iron Reagan happens February 2 at Gramercy Theater. You can still grab tickets for that.

Get equal doses of black and death metal when the 1349 / Origin / Abysmal Dawn / Wolvhammer tour hits NYC on February 23 at Gramercy Theatre (tickets).

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...

Continue reading "NYC heavy roundup: Hellbent Hooker, Meek Is Murder, Couch Slut, Mortals, Watain, Napalm Death, Behemoth, Torche & more"

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...

Continue reading "Pallbearer added to At the Gates / Converge tour (dates)"

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...

Continue reading "Our Favorite Albums & Tracks of 2014"


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...

Continue reading "Some Albums You Won't See on Pitchfork's Top 50 of 2014"


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...

Continue reading "Tempers made a video, told us their favorite LPs of 2014"


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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

FFF Fest

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.

Locals Residual Kid, who were just in NYC for CMJ, open for the Blood Brothers at one of the Nite shows, and now count Sire/Warner as their label home.

The Blood Brothers are one of the many bands featured in our 'emo revival guide to Fun Fun Fun'.

Freddie Gibbs, despite being involved in a shooting in NYC, will be performing at Fun Fun Fun with Madlib.

Death Grips will not.

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 begins (Freddie Gibbs included), Residual Kid signed to Sire, IO presents Pallbearer"

FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
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...

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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.

Myrkur EP

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.

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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...

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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...

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