Entries tagged with: Panopticon
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Tribulation at Webster Hall in November (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We already posted Pallbearer's favorite albums of 2015, Stephen Brodsky's (of Cave In and Mutoid Man), and Decibel Mag's, and we told you that James Hetfield's favorite album of the year was Baroness' Purple. Here's more of the best metal of 2015:
Our metal sister site Invisible Oranges had writers post their individual lists. You can check out lists by Joseph Schafer, Vanessa Salvia, Jon Rosenthal, Skid Rÿche, Dan Lawrence, Rob Sperry-Fromm, Bruce Hardt, Rhys Williams, Mat Schmahl, Jason Bailey, Ian Cory, Greg Majewski, Chris Rowella, Chris Brown, Ben Sas, Avinash Mittur, and yours truly. The top 3 consensus picks from the IO staff were:
3. Mgla - Excersises in FutilityDeafheaven were probably the band who appeared most on non-metal lists, including our own. They also topped a few metal-specific lists, including Pitchfork, SPIN, and my personal metal list.
2. Deafheaven - New Bermuda
1. Panopticon - Autumn Eternal
Panopticon topped Stereogum's list, Marilyn Manson (?) topped Rolling Stone, and Horrendous topped that aforementioned Decibel list. Tribulation didn't come in at #1 on any major lists we saw, but they cracked the top ten (and often top five) of almost every one. For more, check out MetalSucks' individual writer lists, Metal Injection's individual lists, and NPR's heavy songs.
Two great albums that popped up on a lot of lists that we never got a chance to talk about here on BV were Dead to a Dying World's atmospheric black metal opus Litany (ft. members of Pallbearer, Sabbath Assembly and Pinkish Black) and Khemmis' sludgy debut Absolution. Listen to those below.
What was your favorite metal of 2015?
Year-end list season began earlier this week, and now metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2015. You can check out artwork and commentary if you pick up the issue, and browse the full list below. Like last year, they saved the top spot for a promising young band (and actually this time the #2 slot is one too). But they've of course got veterans as always, like Enslaved (#37), Napalm Death (#25), Iron Maiden (#23), Satan (#12), Killing Joke (#10) and more. They have a good amount of the "indie crossover" metal on there, like Ghost (#34), Myrkur (#28), Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (#27), Deafheaven (#19) and the Baroness album that isn't even out yet coming in at #6. There are also comeback albums from two not-exactly-metal bands: Failure (#22) and Refused (#15). Check out the full list below.
Two bands on this list will be going on the Decibel Mag tour in 2016.
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...
By Ian Chainey
behold...the Mastadong (via @bhinds)
Mastodon's Brent Hinds carved a giant penis out of wood. That part is fine, it's the fact every metal news site lead with the. . . hard hitting story this week. So remember, whenever you get sick of the omnipresent coverage of an over-hyped band: one giant wooden wiener will always trump them all. Metal!
More dick news: Belgium's Brutal Fest was canceled due to bands battling with the promoter. The concert was set to bring together Vader, Aeon, Aborted, and others, but it was KO'd, in the words or both Aeon and Aborted, "Due to the unprofessional and fraudulent acts of the promoter. . . " Brutal Fest's Facebook followed up with, "I can't continue any longer with this event due medical reasons and that's probably the main reason for the cancellation." Probably the main reason? Is the medical reason Mementosis?
Elsewhere: Can't make a Meshuggah show? Worry not, it's coming to the comfort of your own home. The tech-y Swedes are putting out another concert CD/DVD package called The Ophidian Trek out on September 30 and this one is pretty expansive. You can check out the details below. And, because the internet, Meshuggah also received the "Space Jam" mash-up treatment courtesy of Analog Staple. Seems there is an entire subreddit dedicated to pairing songs with the Quad City DJ's, uh, classic.
A few artists/bands have new irons in the fire: Post-metallers Minsk are set to hit the studio soon. They're eying 2015 for their next album. PHILM, one of the current projects of Dave Lombardo, will release their sophomore album Fire From The Evening Sun on UDR Music on September 16. Num Skull, the cult-adored '80s thrasher, are getting Ritually Abused back out on Relapse Records on September 16 (preorder). You can check out a remastered track below. And Dee Snider is putting on Titus Andronicus with puppets. What do you wanna do with your life? I wanna put on Shakespeare plays with puppets! Look what you did, now your mother can't stop crying. Check out Snider's segment on Fox News' 411 below.
Concert madness: Leprous, the Norwegian progsters famous for backing Ihsahn, will be playing nerd-metal-haven ProgPower on September 12 in Atlanta, Georgia. Then, they'll stay in the states for a bit. They'll check into NYC's Webster Hall on September 20 with the Binary Code (tickets). Their full list of dates appears below. Pyrrhon have a tour coming up and they'll also be playing a show at NYC's Saint Vitus on August 18 with Revocation, Artificial Brain, and Psalm Zero. Tickets are available now. And in the rarely used "Metallica does cool thing" bucket, there's a neat documentary available on YouTube detailing Metallica playing a Netherlands date in 1984. You can watch it below.
Don't forget to 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.
For the full-album previews: Appalachian black metallers Panopticon are streaming Roads to North at NPR. That record is also out today. Thrashers Algebra crunched the numbers on Feed the Ego and have released the solution. Their album is out on September 2 through the perfectly named Unspeakable Axe (preorder). The seriously pissed Columns have put up all of Please Explode (August 5, Relapse Records - preorder). Lastly, tradsters Saturn are showing off all of Ascending (Live In Space) (August 5, Rise Above Records - preorder). Check out Algebra, Columns, and Saturn streams below.
For single tracks and teasers, the noisy Rabbits dropped another track from Untoward (August 12, Lamb Unlimited - preorder). Death metallers Lago loosed "Concede To Oblivion" from Tyranny (September 16, Battleground Records). Ragers Old Wounds put up "Dead Beat Blues" off of Death Projection (September 16, Good Fight Music - preorder). Bay Area doomers Cardinal Wyrm laid down the nasty "Born In A Barren Land" from Black Hole Gods (August 5). And mind-effers Big Black Cloud decided two premieres were the way to go in supporting Lessons In Fuck You 2 (August 5, Eolian Empire - preorder). All tracks can be heard below.
Finally, to close things down, Electric Wizard now have a video for "I Am Nothing." Surprise: DRUGS! Time To Die is out on September 30 via Spinefarm Records (preorder). Activate that sixth circuit below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/1): The Acheron has classic dooooooooom with Blackfinger, Beelzefuzz, and Kings Destroy (tickets). Kings Destroy are also playing the upcoming Invisible Oranges-presented Black Cobra/Lo-Pan show.
SUNNNNNNNDAY (8/3): One of the premier tickets of the summer hits the Bowery Ballroom. Boris, the Atlas Moth, and SubRosa will deafen all comers (tickets). The next day, Boris play a drone set at Saint Vitus.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We were juggling tons of features this week. As we always do, we tracked the week's new stuff in Upcoming Metal Releases. We went all music television with two video premieres: Music Blues and Below. Ah, now I'm sad. We premiered two albums: the Dogma/Corrupt Leaders split and a Sarcofago repress. We hit the reviews hard with Coral Cross and Fallujah. Dave Hall put his Canadian citizenship in doubt with a rant against the Polaris Prize. And we interviewed Aðalbjörn Tryggvason of Sólstafir.
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 Doug Moore
Louisville death/black metallers Anagnorisis dropped a very solid sophomore album in Beyond All Light last year. It was doubly impressive because their well-received first album, 2007's Overton Trees, featured Panopticon's Austin Lunn in a band-leader role; Lunn has long since departed, but Anagnorisis has reorganized and carried on in fine form.
Beyond All Light is getting a second moment in the sun this year, as the is now available on vinyl via their Bandcamp. Anagnorisis are also embarking on a brief Eastern US tour in March, including a stop in Brooklyn at Acheron on 3/10. No tix yet, but keep an eye out.
All tour dates are listed, along with a stream of Beyond All Light, below...
Starkweather at ABC No Rio in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Philadelphia's Starkweather will headline a show at ABC No Rio tomorrow (June 29) joining Vestiges, Tempest, So Hideous and Mad Diesel. The show is a rare outing for the metalcore pioneers, and unmissable for fans of the band. $8 gets you in.
Joining Starkweather is epic black-metal/post-rock crew Vestiges, who are currently touring with Vancouver's Tempest in celebration of a recent split with Panopticon. All Vestiges' tour dates are listed, along with a stream of the split single, below
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.
After releasing For Winter Fire with his doom project Seidr earlier this year, Austin Lunn (A.Lundr) is back with his solo black metal venture Panopticon. Though keeping busy with splits as recently as this past August with names like Lake of Blood, When Bitter Spring Sleeps and Wheels Within Wheels, Social Disservices is Panopticon's first full-length LP since the release of the well-received Collapse featuring a guest appearance from Amebix's Rob Miller.
Social Disservices will rear its ugly head via the venerable Flenser Records in mid November, but we have the first look from the album in the eleven-plus-minute ripper "Resident" streaming below. Though "Resident" goes directly for the throat and rarely lets go, Social Disservices as an album allows brief moments of respite in between the scathing black metal destruction. Moments of spacious post-rock, atmospherics, and reverb dot the record, proving that sometimes being the heaviest means also knowing when to hold back.
Check out "Resident" for the first time, and a few samples from the LP below.
Preorders are up for the new Bastard Noise LP, Skulldozer, the Cripple Bastards Frammenti Di Vita LP/EP, as well as Reproach's The Bitter End LP at Deep Six Records.
The Endless Blockade offer their swansong on a split with Pig Heart Transplant (mem Iron Lung). The split 7"is available now via Iron Lung.
Reminder: Defeatist hit Acheron on Saturday (10/8) with Regents (mem Frodus), Psychic Limb, and The Year is One. $8 gets you in.
Stream a new Panopticon track from the forthcoming Social Disservices LP due on Flenser Records. Preorder it now.
Reminder: Black Twilight Circle at The Charleston tonight. Check out video from Monday night, along with new songs from Dysrhythmia and Hex Machine, and a big list of upcoming NYC shows, below...