Entries tagged with: Phil Anselmo
photo: Phil w/ Down on the Motorhead Cruise in 2014 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Phil Anselmo remains up to all kinds of stuff, and hot on the heels of touring with Danzig, covering Celtic Frost, and throwing Housecore Festival in San Antonio, he's announced a new death metal band that he mentioned while talking about his other new band Scour. Said death metal project is called Metatron Nganga and it also features Superjoint's Joey Gonzalez on drums, and apparently they have a bunch of stuff recorded. Hellbound's Jay Gorania says:
I'm not exactly sure what the hell that band name means, but I can assure you that the band is worth listening to if you enjoy dark, heavy music... The songs are mysterious, dark, and, from my vantage point, they are not far removed from the spirit of old Immolation and Incantation, or even Mexico's Shub Niggurath. Metraton Nganga sounds bleak and ominous, evoking the same feelings one might have while hallucinating and staring at some dark illustrations by the likes of Hieronymus Bosch or William Blake. It's thunderous, yet it has a distant, detached dream-like quality. It will be interesting to see how this band develops.That's all we know for now, but stay tuned to find out more. Also, Phil is working on a new Phillip H. Anselmo and the Illegals album because of course he's not just focusing on one band.
In related news, videos recently surfaced of Superjoint's set at Housecore (via Blabbermouth). Check them out below...
Dave Hill and his good friend Danzig
The above Instagram photo of Danzig posing with Dave Hill, taken at Danzig's tour stop at Electric Factory in Philly on Friday, is a great reminder that Danzig headlines the Playstation Theater in NYC TONIGHT (10/21). Tickets are still available.
UPDATE: Right after posting this we realized that Danzig has been also making news today for allegedly roughing up someone taking pictures at the Montreal show, two nights after he was hanging with Dave.
Dave Hill was backstage at that Philly show, after himself performing "Fuck Your Enemy" with openers Superjoint Ritual -- not the first time Dave did that with Phil Anselmo's band, and hopefully he finds time to do it again tonight before flying to Austin where he opens for Snoop Dogg on Friday night (?!?).
UPDATE 2: Dave did in fact make it on stage again in NYC:
Dave also returns to Texas in November to be part of Anselmo's Housecore Horror Festival where among other things, he'll be playing guitar as part of Thor's band. Johnny Kelly of Danzig (and Type O Negative) will be on drums for that supergroup.
Housecore has also announced their full film lineup. The massive slate includes a documentary about Thor, aptly titled I Am Thor (he'll also be introducing Zombie Nightmare and Rock N' Roll Nightmare), a screening of the GWAR-movie Skulhedface with live commentary by Gwar's own Sleazy P. Martini, a screening of Dawn of the Dead with live accompaniment by Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, and a special screening of the classic Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer in honor of Corey Mitchell, the author who co-founded Housecore with Anselmo and who passed away last year. This is all in addition to just a ton of horror films and rock docs with titles like Cannibal Man, Voodoo Dick, Deathgasm, Coffin Cruising and Terrain Hatefuck. You get the idea. The updated festival poster and Aztec Theater lineup are at the end of this post.
There's also an I Am Thor screening and performance in Brooklyn on November 22 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale.
You can also catch the comedy and rock n roll stylings of Dave Hill at Union Hall in Brooklyn on November 6th for the next edition of "Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets". Dave Hill hosts and plays in his band Valley Lodge that night. Special guests for the evening so far include Marcus Monroe, Adira Amram & The Experience, and Danny Felts.
Dave, who last week read his classic BrooklynVegan Def Leppard review out loud at a CMJ event, also appears as part of "Seven Minutes in Purgatory" at Littlefield on November 10th, along with Ian Abramson, Aparna Nancherla, Nick Vatterott, and more (part of New York Comedy Festival). (By the way, Def Leppard just announced a Barclays Center show with Styx and Tesla. Dave, you going??)
Last but not least, don't forget that you can tune into the The Goddamn Dave Hill Show on WFMU every Monday from 9pm-midnight (also available to stream any time in the archives).
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Two very busy heavy music acts, Phil Anselmo and Child Bite have managed to find time to record a cover of Celtic Frost's classic To Mega Therion track "The Usurper." The cover is from an upcoming Celtic Frost tribute compilation called Morbid Tales! (what a title). It's about as weird as you would expect from this combination. It's got Child Bite's hardcore take on the material, but it features some seriously bizarre vocal mixing choices that place this squarely in the realm of "music that sounds like it was recorded for an Adult Swim show." Which is basically what I would hope for and imagine if I heard that Child Bite and Phil Anselmo were covering a Celtic Frost song.
The rest of the tribute album features bands like Acid Witch, Municipal Waste, Hayward ft Scott Kelly and Jason Roeder of Neurosis, and many others. You can pre-order the vinyl over at Corpse Flower records. The LP is being released in conjunction with an illustrated tribute book about Celtic Frost, which features writing from even more significant metal people like the aforementioned Scott Kelly, Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates), Ivar Bjornson (Enslaved), Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Joel Grind, Fenriz, Attila Csihar, and others. You can pre-order that at the same site.
As noted, both Child Bite and Phil Anselmo are very busy. Both will be playing Anselmo's Housecore Horror Fest, and then Child Bite are touring with both KEN mode and Negative Approach, both of which will take them through NYC for shows at The Acheron on 10/9 and 11/29, respectively (tickets).
Anselmo will be playing Housecore with his band Superjoint, who are also going on tour with Danzig, including a stop at the newly-christened Playstation Theater on 10/21 (tickets). Anselmo's also started a new band called Scour with members of Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation.
Meanwhile, Danzig's "Blackest of the Black" tour is underway, and Danzig apparently delivered a set that was both "cordial" and "ferocious" at Stubb's in Austin during ACL weekend"
For a certain portion of Austinites, Danzig front man Glenn Danzig will forever be associated with his 2011 debacle at Fun Fun Fun Fest, where he threw what has been described as the mother of all rock star tantrums, taking the stage close to an hour late and trying to incite a riot when his set was cut short by the fest's noise curfew.Skeletons is out on November 27 on Evilive and in addition to Elvis and Sabbath covers, will feature songs by Aerosmith, ZZ Top, and the Everly Brothers, among others.
He's been back to Austin at least once since then without incident and on Monday night could not have been more cordial - there's a weird adjective for a metal singer - or professional for the 90 thunderous minutes he and his three-piece backing band were on stage.
The beginning of that set started a bit shaky, as the singer's vocals sounded weak on opening songs such as "SkinCarver" and "Hammer Of The Gods." This was worrying since Danzig's bellowing screams are pretty much the main attraction live, though the blazing guitar work of longtime band guitarist and Prong member Tommy Victor was superb throughout.
Somewhere around the 15-minute mark, however, the singer found his voice and was a peak performer for the duration, leaning into the lines of "How The Gods Kill" and covers of Elvis Presley and Black Sabbath tunes that are part of the band's forthcoming "Skeletons" covers album. [Austin 360]
Check out that Celtic Frost cover, some of those Danzig covers (recorded live), and all dates for Child Bite, below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Phil Anselmo w/ Down at the 2014 Moorhead Cruise (more by Dana Distortion)
Another day, another metal supergroup is formed. Legendary New Orleans metal figurehead Phil Anselmo will be joining forces with Jesse Schobel of Strong Intention, John Jarvis (who recently joined as the bassist for not one but two Scott Hull grindcore bands, Pig Destroyer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed), Derek Engemann of Cattle Decapitation, and Chase Fraser of Animosity to form Scour.
Anselmo discussed Scour in an interview with hellbound.ca which, like all Anselmo interviews, is very much worth a read. He mentions that he has an unnamed, unreleased death metal album recorded and describes Scour as "modern-ish black metal-sounding"
Meanwhile, Anselmo's Housecore Festival is coming up in November, and his band Superjoint will be playing, along with Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Superjoint are also touring with Danzig, and they'll be playing a couple other shows before that tour kicks off too.
Check out a video of Phil Anselmo giving a drunk interview, along with all upcoming Superjoint dates, below...
photo: Danzig at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
Danzig recently toured the west coast, and now he added another leg of dates for the fall which brings him to the east too. Support comes from Phil Anselmo's reactivated band Superjoint, Chicago's Veil of Maya, NYC thrash vets Prong (whose Tommy Victor also plays in Danzig's band), and stoner rockers Witch Mountain.
The tour hits NYC on October 21 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/21) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (8/20) at 10 AM.
All dates are listed below...
Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Festival announced its initial lineup last month, and now more bands have been added. It'll feature the second-ever live appearance by Pig Destroyer guitarist Scott Hull's electronic grind band Agoraphobic Nosebleed (the first was MDF 2015), Corrosion of Confirmity (with Pepper Keenan), Crowbar, Dropdead, Ghoul, Negative Approach, Zombi, Author & Punisher, Gristnam, and hardcore veterans Poison Idea (who canceled a tour and announced a hiatus earlier this year for health reasons, but as this booking proves, things are looking better).
The new additions join previously-announced bands Suffocation, Autopsy, Nails, YOB, Eyehategod and more. The fest goes down November 13-15 at San Antonio, TX's Aztec Theater. Tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
Pantera/Down frontman Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Festival is returning for year three this November, and will now be held in San Antonio, TX (it was previously in Austin). The festival will be at the Aztec Theater from November 13-15, 2015, and so far the lineup includes Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros, YOB, Eyehategod, Child Bite and Warbeast, with many more TBA.
Anselmo said he wanted to continue the festival to honor festival co-founder Corey Mitchell, who sadly passed away last year. He said:
I've got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be. There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that's what we're going to do. We miss him and think about him every day.In addition to the music, the festival will screen "film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell." Tickets will be on sale soon.
It's a busy year for Phil Anselmo. He recently said in an interview that he's working on new music with Superjoint Ritual, his '90s-'00s supergroup with Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod, Crowbar, Down) and frequent collaborator Kevin Bond, which reunited at last year's Housecore Horror fest (video below). He also mentioned he's working on new Illegals material, and has a "secret death metal project with some secret other guys from across the equator." Who could they be?
photo via Twitter
Austin's Housecore Horror Film Festival, the metal/horror festival founded by Pantera/Down's Phil Anselmo and author Corey Mitchell, wrapped up over the weekend and we're now saddened to learn that Corey Mitchell has passed away earlier today. The fest posted on Facebook:
Thank you all for a fantastic weekend - it is, however, with a heavy heart that we here at Housecore Horror Film Festival must announce that our friend and the father of this wicked brain-child, Corey Mitchell, passed away this morning.MetalSucks (to which Corey has contributed over 150 articles) added that he "reportedly suffered the heart attack at Emo's, the festival's main venue, earlier today." Corey had also been working on Phil Ansemlo's autobiography. Rest in peace, Corey.
Please send your thoughts and prayers to his family. He loved the festival. He loved horror. He loved metal. You damn sure know he loved you guys. Cheers, and thank for your respect during this sensitive time.
Long in the works, Metal Grasshopper is finally here! Dave Hill (seen recently at a Judas Priest concert) and Phil Anselmo (seen recently in a documentary about New Orleans metal and on a boat with Lemmy) will be posting episodes of their comedy/metal series on YouTube. The first episode is live now! Watch below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Motorhead set sail aboard their own Motorboat cruise last month, leaving the coast of Miami on September 22 and returning on September 26. Joining the metal legends were other veterans (and newer bands) of the genre including Zakk Wylde, Testament, Anthrax, High on Fire, Down and more. Megadeth was supposed to play, but cancelled. To quote the fest's own press release:
The inaugural Motörhead's Motörboat, aka The Loudest Boat In The World, conquered the high seas aboard the Carnival Ecstasy from September 22-26. An international, multigenerational audience from over 30 countries came together to celebrate the legacy of the cruise's iconic namesake and escape into five days of true rock'n'roll living with no-holds barred! Highlighted by a pair of ear-splitting performances from Motörhead themselves, Motörhead's Motörboat featured more than 30 performances by 15 artists, including Anthrax Testament, Down, Zakk Wylde and High on Fire across four stages throughout the ship, as well as meet and greets with all of the artists, a book signing with Megadeth's David Ellefson, a spoken word performance by Anthrax's Scott Ian, an artist Q&A hosted by Jim Breuer, and some special rockin' from the Metal Allegiance featuring a slew of musicians from the bands performing.Check out a ton more pictures from the whole trip, below....
Ex-BrooklynVegan metal writer Fred Pessaro went to New Orleans to creat a 7-part Noisey Youtube documentary on the "people and culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others." We mentioned when the first episode was released. They're now up to number four which you can watch with one, two, and three below.
One of those "other" bands featured in the movie is Goatwhore who are playing three shows with the reunited-sort-of Samhain at the end of October (Philly, DC and NYC). Goatwhore also play a bunch of shows before and after then including a pre-Samhain headlining show at the Bug Jar in Rochester (with Mortals and Wolvhammer), and one before that at Cobra Lounge in Chicago (also with Wolvhammer). In November they tour Europe with Dying Fetus, Malevolence, and Fallujah. All dates are listed with those videos below.
Entertainer Dave Hill is not in the documentary or on tour with Goatwhore, but he did have special guest Phil Anselmo on his first-ever WFMU "Goddamn Dave Hill Show", and he had Mike IX Williams from Eyehategod on the most recent episode. Every episode can be streamed at at WFMU.org. Catch Dave live and in the flesh and telling secrets and playing with his band Valley Lodge and with Mike Doughty (who probably has absolutely no ties to New Orleans metal) and others at Union Hall on Friday (10/3).
Those charming men: Phil Anselmo & Dave Hill enjoying breakfast...
To quote Housecore Records' YouTube posting, "After screening their Metal Grasshopper project at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, this happened..." WATCH BELOW...
by Ian Chainey
Phil Anselmo and Ben Weinman
"Me and my uncle @philiphanselmo have a gang," Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman said on Twitter. "And these pants are our uniform." And now that's burned in your retinas, let's take a walk on the newswire:
At the Gates have hinted subtly and not so subtly about a new album for 2014. Now we have something of a timeline. At War With Reality will land around October/November through Century Media Records. One word, guys: GO! Check out a rehearsal update from singer Tomas Lindberg below. In other recording news, Norwegian grindsters Beaten to Death will be hitting the studio, too. Says bassist Mika Martinussen, ""Third time's a charm; Beaten To Death will record the follow-up to Dødsfest! in July, because - let's face it - we're not getting any younger, and ground-breaking records in the grindcore genre don't record and release themselves!" No? Thanks for crushing my dreams of a sentient grindcore bot. Check out some Beaten to Death GoPro-shot live footage 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.
Misery Index shot a video for "The Calling" from their recently released album The Killing Gods. It's black and white, and pulls footage from a silent, bible-themed flick, thus giving it an early '90s death metal air. Appropriate, as Jason Netherton's book on the scene is out now. And the speedy Evil Invaders -- good metal sign: band named after a Razor song -- were captured live by a pro crew while covering Exciter. Find both videos below.
Quite a few artists decided to show off their albums in full this week. Mastodon put up a copy of Once More 'Round the Sun on iTunes (June 24, Reprise - preorder). The chamber folk outfit Musk Ox, fresh off their Agalloch collaboration, are now streaming Woodfall. And DRCALSONALBION, the guise of Earth's Dylan Carlson, is streaming all of Gold, his original soundtrack for the film of the same name. Woodfall and Gold were released this week and you can stream both below.
Dylan's main gig, Earth, also released a new song, this one from the forthcoming Primitive & Deadly (September 2, Southern Lord). "From the Zodiacal Light" features a guest vocal from Rabia Shaheen Qazi of Rose Windows. Earth is currently touring Australia. The nasty Nunslaughter are streaming another from the double disc Angelic Dread (June 24, Hells Headbangers - preorder).
Mortals killer crusty metal keeps coming. "The Summoning" is the latest track pulled from Cursed to See the Future (July 8, Relapse - preorder). On July 18, they'll swing into the Acheron for a record release show. Illustrations are showing off "Iron Rain" from their digital EP that will see a release this summer. The thrashin' Algebra -- the one you haven't forgotten -- put up a video for "Survival Nowadays" from Feed the Ego (September 7, Unspeakable Axe). The twisted tech metallers Diskord debuted "Lethargic Regression" from the mini-LP Oscillations (August, Australopithecus Records - preorder). And the first post-Cathedral band has formed. Guitarist Gaz Jenning's Death Penalty, are releasing a single via Rise Above Records. The title track, "Sign of Times" is available below along with the aforementioned streams and all of the tour dates.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
SATURDAY (6/21): Filthy doomers Serpentine Path headline an Invisible Oranges/Signature Riff presented show with Churchburn, Throaat, and Dridge at Archeron (tickets). If you wanna go old school with the metal of death, Dr. Shrinker, Desolate, False Prophet, Kurnugia, and Sin Eater are at Saint Vitus (tickets). Then, there's the bill so nice they had it twice. . . and added a few more: Breakdown, Altered Boys, Heavy Chains, White Widows Pact, Born Annoying, and No One Rules hit Asbury Lanes (tickets). More punk? Sure: Oblivionation, Raw Nerves, Demon Brother, and Concrete Cross play Death By Audio. Tickets are $7 at the door. And finally, tech kings Meshuggah and Between the Buried and Me will play the Best Buy Theater, which is sold out.
SUNDAY (6/22): You can check out Black Flag, HOR, and Cinema Cinema at Europa (tickets). Hey, you don't have to tell people what year you saw Black Flag, just that you saw them.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: It wasn't as packed as most weeks, but the new releases were varied and Upcoming Metal Releases gave you the lowdown on which ones to buy. We streamed the full album for Diseased Reason and had a giveaway that's still ongoing. Listen, bang your head, and then comment to win. We interviewed Mike IX Williams of Eyehategod and Attila Csihar of Mayhem. And we checked out the Austerity Program, Incantation, and Trap Them in our round of reviews.
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 Wyatt Marshall
Eyehategod / Down / GWAR at the Housecore Horror Fest (more by Trent Maxwell)
New Orleans sludge masters Eyehategod announced yesterday that Aaron Hill of New Orleans bands Missing Monuments and Mountain of Wizard will be the drummer for Eyehategod going forward, including a date at Saint Vitus on November 14 with Mutilation Rites and The Communion (tickets). The question of a permanent drummer has been in the air since the death of original Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze in August. Dale Crover of Melvins filled in this past weekend during Eyehategod's Joey Lacaze tribute set at the Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin. Check out Eyehategod's scheduled tour dates below, and look for additional dates in the coming weeks.
The four-day Housecore Fest (10/24 - 10/27) was hosted by Phil Anselmo and featured a stacked line-up, including Melvins, Gwar, Pallbearer, Goblin (performing their score to Suspira in full), Down and many more. You can check out pics from day 2 and days 3 & 4 over on BV Austin. IO sent guest writer David Hall down to the fest, and you can check out his two part review and additional photos on Invisible Oranges.
Eyehategod tour dates below...
He's a '90s bitch: Cookie Monster
In the course of a week here at BrooklynVegan, we post a lot of videos. This week, for instance, featured new ones from MINKS, Chalk and Numbers, Chaz Chance & the Prophets, Medicine, Crocodiles, MGMT and more. But yet there are more videos still that we didn't get around to, which is where we are now. Check out clips from CHVRCHES, King Krule, Caged Animals, Cookie Monster covering Icona Pop, CYHSY, Schoolboy Q & Kendrick Lamar, Dave Hill onstage with Phil Anselmo, and a Mumford & Sons video that even haters might...this was okay. Those and more, below.
Dave Hill, Phil Anselmo, a goat
Multiply the mouthy, flesh-jiggling early Bette Midler by one hundred, give her the super-plus-size figure and fashion sense of Divine, the John Waters diva, and the manners of a Flintstone, and you've got a rough approximation of Bridget Everett, the alt-cabaret star who roared around the stage of Joe's Pub...That's a review from a recent Joe's Pub show and if you missed it, you have three more chances including tonight (7/31).
Who are the Tender Moments? Well, they would be Bridgett's band members: Mike Jackson on guitar; Adam Horovitz, a k a Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, on bass; Matt Ray on piano; and Carmine Covelli on drums. The bassist needs no introduction. You might recognize some of the other names from Ad-Rock's wife Kathleen Hanna's new band The Julie Ruin (who announced a small show of their own today).
What does Dave Hill have to do with this? He also happens to be a regular guest at Bridgett Everett shows! He joined them at their last two Joe's Pub gigs and will do so again tonight. He'll also join the Tender Moments on stage at Outside Lands in San Francisco on Saturday, August 10th. It's one of three performances Dave is doing at the California fest on The Barbary stage, and only part of his whole Outside Lands itinerary which also includes hosting the SoundWave stage with us like he did at Firefly Fest (but won't be doing at Lollapalooza).
Why is Dave Hill pictured with Phil Anselmo and a goat on the top of this post? Because Phil (when not promoting a new music project) and Dave (when not investigating the royal baby) are currently filming a new sure-to-be both metal and hilarious online series for Adult Swim! it's called Metal Grasshopper and it will premiere later this year!
Where can I meanwhile see Dave Hill rock out? As mentioned, you can catch him at Joe's Pub, but for a more proper Dave Hill rock show, head to Mercury Lounge on Friday night (8/2) where his band rock band Valley Lodge will be performing. You can listen to their power pop hits at Soundcloud.
P.S. Paperback lovers take note: Dave's book "Tasteful Nudes" comes out as a paperback on Sept 3.
Another glorious pic of Dave and Phil and Phil Anselmo tour dates, below...
by Fred Pessaro
Phil Anselmo with Down at Best Buy Theater (more by Greg Cristman)
With all of the many many projects that Phil Anselmo has been involved in over the years (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Arson Anthem, etc), its not entirely shocking to hear that the vocalist/guitarist/songwriter has taken on another . His latest, called Philip Anselmo & The Illegals, is being billed as his first "solo" venture, despite writing all of the music on the first Viking Crown EP. The band is preparing to release their new record, Walk Through Exits Only, via his own Housecore Records, for a July 16 blast off. Stream a new track below.
As discussed at InvisibleOranges, the release of new material also comes packaged with live dates dubbed "Technicians of Distortion" tour, where the band will be joined by perennial tourmates/Housecore bros Warbeast and most interstingly, the great industrial/metal oddity Author & Punisher! Look for the tour to hit NYC on August 16 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday (5/24) at noon.
As discussed at InvisibleOranges, Author & Punisher are readying the new LP, Women & Children, released on June 11. Stream that title track below.
All other tour dates are listed, along with that song stream, below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Down at Best Buy Theater, 9/28/2012
Louisiana took over downtown Manhattan on Friday (9/28) when sludge superheroes Down played Best Buy Theater alongside Saint Vitus (Dave Chandler hails from New Orleans), Warbeast and Haarp. Pictures from the show are below. For Saint Vitus, it was their second NYC date of the week, which included a headlining show at the bar somewhat named after them (pictures).
The Down and Haarp dates are in support of recent releases for both bands. Down dropped the first in a series of EPs with DOWN IV Part One: The Purple EP. Haarp's Husks LP recently surfaced on Down vocalist Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records. Stream a recent Haarp track below.
Pepper Keenan with Down at Best Buy Theater (more by Nathaniel Shannon)
NOLA metal supercrew Down have announced a September tour that kicks off in Fort Worth, TX and visits the NYC-area for two shows: Best Buy Theater in NYC on September 28th and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ one day later. All dates are listed below.
After a triumphant pairing at Scion Rock Fest last month, it's not that much of a surprise that Down will team with another band that shared that stage in Tampa, Saint Vitus who are opening the NYC show along with with Housecore Records (Phil Anselmo of Down's label) signees Warbeast and Haarp. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale July 11th (Wed) at 10AM and regular sale on Friday. Same deal for the NJ show (minus Saint Vitus).
Saint Vitus, who only seem to be opening the NYC show, released their latest LP Lille F-65 in May. All known tour dates are listed below...
Life in the lowlands of Louisiana lends itself to doom and darkness. Katrina and its aftermath aside, the area is rich with tall tales of swampland legend, gothic architecture, and creole voodoo. It's the blackened undercurrent sitting below what we know as "Southern Hospitality" that has given way to lords of the riff like Crowbar, Eyehategod & its many impressive affiliates (Hawg Jaw, Soilent Green, Outlaw Order, etc ,etc), and more recently, new killers like the independent-as-fuck Thou.
Another Louisiana band emblematic of that same affliction is New Orleans' Haarp, who is preparing to release their debut LP The Filth via Housecore Records on November 23rd. In addition to releasing the LP on his own imprint, Phil Anselmo of Pantera/Down/Arson Anthem fame is responsible for the production on the LP as well, adding a balance of cleanliness to the, ahem, filth that oozes from this band's dirge and destruction steelo. Encompassing elements of black metal, crust, sludge and doom, with death metal vocals, Haarp is a(n un) welcome addition to an already esteemed family of ne'erdowells. Dig on "A New Reign", available for streaming below along with the second track, "All Alone".
Haarp has a few regional dates scheduled, but so far nothing resembling a tactical East Coast (or West Coast, for that matter) assault. Until then, check out the Paul Booth cover art for The Filth, stream those two LP tracks, and check out some video of the band in action, below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Nathaniel Shannon
Down recently released the following statement:
"This past week Philip Anselmo did an interview with writer Dave Wedge of the Boston Herald... Within the article Mr. Wedge made some statements that are falsehoods and we wanted to clear it up before the rumor mill starts turning.Down played Nokia Theater as part of their ongoing trek with Melvins, Weedeater, and Evil Army on 9/11/09, a tour that also yielded appearances by Weedeater at The Charleston as well as Melvins at ATP. Rex Brown (ex-Pantera) is recovering from surgery removing his gallbladder and polyps on his pancreas, and was replaced by Danny Theriot on bass.
First off, Mr. Wedge states that 'Down has no plans to record after this tour.' This is absolutely untrue. The band will be writing and recording for a release in 2010.
Secondly he states, 'Rex Brown, who also played in Pantera, has left the band for personal reasons.' This is categorically and unequivocally untrue. As you all know Rex did not join this tour due to imminent health concerns. As Philip states on stage every night, Rex is the bass player in Down and will continue to be...
"We hope this clears up any questions anyone may have had." -[Blabbermouth]
Unfortunately, no pics of Weedeater or Evil Army from this show, but dig on more Down & Melvins shots below. Full tour dates, as well as a video of Down performing the Van Halen classic "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" also below...
by Black Bubblegum
EyehateAnselmo: Mike "IX" Williams and Phil Anselmo at Hellfest in France (vivosi8)
They should call this tour Eyehatebigbusinesspornconformity with a crowbar, ritually.... As discussed, Down is hitting the road with the Melvins. That tour will hit NYC on September 11th with a show at the Nokia Theater in Times Square. Tickets go on AMEX presale today/Wednesday 6/24 at 10am, with regular Joes/Janes gettin' theirs on Friday at noon. All dates, with more likely to be announced, below.
Although there is no official indication that the Down tour will also feature long-rumored touring partner Weedeater, their merch company (which also happens to be Ryan Patterson of Coliseum) writes that "WEEDEATER joins MELVINS and DOWN for an incredible package tour in July". Maybe they meant September. We'll let you know when we get official word!
In the meantime, Weedeater is playing NYC on July 9th at Cake Shop (CANCELLED), one of a few confirmed dates that the band has laid out for the coming months. All dates below.
In related news, Phil Anselmo's ex-bandmate in Superjoint Ritual and Arson Anthem, Hank III, is currently on the road with his band Assjack and will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wed 6/24. Tickets are still available. Assjack (Hank III's death metal band) is touring to promote their upcoming debut album due via Curb Records on Aug 4th. All dates below.
Just one day after Melvins play the stages of Nokia, the band will play to an entirely different crowd up at Kutscher's for ATP New York. ATP New York's lineup also includes Autolux and Sleepy Sun, as well as Boredoms, Boss Hog, Deerhunter, No Age, and many more. Tickets are available here.
Down recently played Hellfest in Clisson, France along with Eyehategod, Torche, Amebix, and many many others. Phil Anselmo (of Down, Pantera) joined Eyehategod on stage to perform "Sisterfucker" from their classic LP Take As Needed For Pain.
Kylesa also played Hellfest SANS founder/guitarist Philip Cope, who is having passport issues and will join the band by next week. Video of that Cope-less performance is below.
Torche are coming to NYC soon too, and with Harvey Milk. Tickets are still available for their show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on July 26th.
All tour dates and live videos of Weedeater and Down below...
by Black Bubblegum
Anselmo, Keenan, Windstein, Bower & Brown are totally Down
Tennessee thrashers Evil Army are reporting that they will open for Down,
Hank III and Weedeater during tour in the middle of Feb through March, including a date in Sayreville, NJ on March 2nd. Ticket info for the Starland Ballroom show is currently unavailable.
UPDATE: Now the word is that Hank III is not on this tour anymore
UPDATE 2: This whole tour has been postponed.
Down is a crew of southern metal all-stars, including Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Arson Anthem, etc), Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Kingdom of Sorrow), Rex Brown (Pantera), Pepper Keenan (Corrosion Of Conformity), and Jimmy Bower (eyehategod).
In semi-related news, Jimmy Bower is the only member of eyehategod not to participate in Outlaw Order, who released their superfantabulous Dragging Down The Enforcer in late Nov 2008. Vocalist Mike IX Williams recently told Decibel that Outlaw Order will tour in 2009, so we'll also watch out for that.
Down opened for Metallica at a few dates in 2008, but won't be in the house when Metallica play sold-out shows at Nassau Coliseum (Jan 29th) and Prudential Center in Newark (Jan 31st & Feb 1st). Openers for those shows are Machine Head and The Sword (who still have tix available for their show at Bowery on Jan 30th).
All Down/Weedeater/Evil tour dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
an Exhorder fan
Some say they created groove metal, a sound that Pantera later perfected. I say that Exhorder never got the respect they deserved and in a year of unbelieveably awesome reunions, add this one to the list!
And the 2008 lineup will be....
by Black Bubblegum
Nadja's and their undulating waves of dis/pleasure (heicktopiertz.com)
Experimental doom/droners Nadja will celebrate the re-release of amazingly badass "Skin Turns to Glass" (cop it April 1 via The End, sample "Sandskin" here) tonight (March 7th) with a show at Europa in Brooklyn - a show that is also celebrating the NWOBHM (that stands for New Wave of BROOKLYN -not British- Heavy Metal, nyc-ers). Special guests include the mighty Bloody Panda, Tombs (who have a new song and are playing Europa again in May), Tournament (playing with Trap Them), as well as And This Army....
Speaking of Jarboe, scoot on over to Metalkult for a multi-part video interview with the ex-Swan as she reveals details on her frightening new EP collaboration with Justin Broadrick called J2. She spills the beans on her time as a sex worker, being a woman in extreme music, and her new record which includes guest appearances by Phil Anselmo, Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Josh Graham and many unnamed others!!!
Some live Nadja video below...