Entries tagged with: Paradise Lost
by Wyatt Marshall
Amon Amarth at The Paramount earlier this year (more by Greg Cristman)
In what feels a little like deja-vu, Swedish viking metal band Amon Amarth is heading back to North America for round two of the Deceiver of the Gods tour bringing fellow Swedish power metal band Sabaton and Ohio thrashers Skeletonwitch (again) with them. The tour is a decently long one and lands in NYC on October 18 at Best Buy Theater. All dates are listed below.
That NYC show is also a special one -- it's a gig to celebrate Decibel Magazine's 10th anniversary, and for this show Skeletonwitch will be replaced by death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre. Vallenfyre contains members of At the Gates (who just played Maryland Deathfest and Invisible Oranges interviewed), Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride (also played MDF) and Extinction of Mankind (played MDF, are playing NYC tonight 5/29) and, counting CVs, many more notable bands. Vallenfyre just released a Decibel flexi, and the show will be Vallenfyre's first (and only one currently scheduled) in North America. Tickets for the NYC show go on presale today at 10 AM: password = METAL. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday (5/30) at noon.
Those hoping to catch Skeletonwitch in NYC aren't out of luck. At Saint Vitus the same night (10/18), Skeletonwitch will be playing Saint Vitus with Evoken and a special guest. That show is also in celebration of Decibel's ten years, and tickets go on sale on Friday (5/30) at noon.
Pretty good night to be a metalhead in NYC. All tour dates are listed below...
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
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.
Baroness @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/20/2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
BBG will publish his own list of the best metal albums of 2009, but in the meantime here's what Decibel Magazine had to say: