Entries tagged with: Portal
photos by Greg Cristman
Following sets at Maryland Deathfest this past weekend, Australian death metallers Portal and related band Impetuous Ritual hit NYC's Saint Vitus on Wednesday (5/27) for a characteristically dark, twisted and awesome show. Barefoot, and covered in dirt and slime (yum), Impetuous Ritual played in floor-length loincloths, one of which was studded with nails; Portal were masked and cloaked as always.
Negative Plane opened the show. More pictures of all three bands, including shots of Portal and IR's setlists, below...
Maryland Deathfest is less than a month away (May 21-24), and the lineup was already stacked with Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Primordial, Inter Arma, Tombs, D.R.I., Conan, Ufomammut, Sodom and so many more. Yet MDF still felt the need to sweeten the deal, so they went ahead and added one more to the lineup: Mobb Deep.
You didn't read that wrong, and it's not some foreign metal band with a lawsuit ahead of them. The legendary Queensbridge hip hop duo Mobb Deep are playing at 11:30 PM on the Thursday of MDF (5/21) at Baltimore Soundstage, amongst this otherwise metal, hardcore, and metal-related lineup. It's not crazy -- it's not like Slayer wasn't on Def Jam, Anthrax never collaborated with Public Enemy, and metal and hip hop haven't had a crossover fan base for years -- but it should be interesting to see how this goes down. Tickets for just the Mobb Deep show are on sale, and anyone with an MDF 4-day pass or a Thursday Soundstage ticket can get in too.
Mobb Deep also have several other dates including a hometown NYC show this weekend at BB King's on Sunday (4/26) with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif-N-Wessun. Tickets for Sunday's show are still available.
Meanwhile, their seminal 1995 album, The Infamous, turns 20 tomorrow (4/25). Listen to "Shook Ones Pt. II" from that record, with their tour dates and the updated MDF schedule, below...
photo: Portal at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Australian death metallers Portal are coming over to the US for Maryland Deathfest in May, and not long after that they'll play an MDF-presented NYC show on May 27 at Saint Vitus with MDF-mates and related band Impetuous Ritual, plus Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only other US date we're currently aware of.
Since we last spoke, there's been some lineup updates to MDF. The day-by-day schedules can be viewed below and they include new additions Gnaw Their Tongues (also playing Apex Fest at NYC's Trans-Pecos and California Deathfest) and Blood Red Throne. Those are in place of Dragged Into Sunlight and Metal Church, who both dropped off. Certain shows are sold out, but all available ticket options are HERE.
by Bill Pearis
Australian band Twerps signed to Merge this year and released the Underlay EP in late summer. Then last month, they released a new single, "Back to You," which is about as perfect a slice of sunny janglepop as you could want and you can check out the video for that song below. "Back to You" is the first taste of Twerps' new album, Range Anxiety, which will be out January 27. (It's out 1/23 via Chapter Music in their home country.) It's a terrific album and folks who enjoy The Go Betweens, The Bats and The Pastels, Real Estate or just catchy, understated guitar pop, it's definitely an album to keep on your radar. We've got the premiere of the dreamier "Shoulders" which features lead vocals from guitarist Julia McFarlane and you can stream it in this post.
Twerps will be heading to this side of the world in March to play SXSW and will be touring around it. That includes two NYC shows: March 13 at Rough Trade and March 14 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for those shows will be available via Ticketmaster soon. All dates are listed below.
Drummer Alex McFarlane was also nice enough to give us his Top 10 of 2014 which includes albums, shows and moments. You can peruse that, plus the new song stream, "Back to You" video and a trailer for the new album, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Tombs at Saint Vitus in July (more by Greg Cristman)
Maryland Deathfest is getting a little more New Yawk with the late addition of NY old-school death metal band Suffocation and Skinless and Brooklyn's own post-metal greats Tombs. Suffocation and Tombs will be playing will be playing the Edison Lot, and Skinless will be playing the 5/21 Ottobar show. MDF announced their third and supposedly final round of bands for the 2015 installation earlier in the week, a bunch that included Yob, Amorphis, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and more.
Tombs and Suffocation will be touring this coming Fall, Tombs with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar (who are also playing MDF). That tour hits Saint Vitus on 10/27 and 10/28. The show on the 27th is sold out, but tickets are still available for the show on the 28th. Suffocation, meanwhile, will be headlining the "Carnival of Death" tour with Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, and Internal Bleeding. That tour starts off at the Gramercy Theatre on October 3. Tickets are on sale.
All dates and updated MDF lineup below...
Napalm Death at Hardcore Activity In Progress (more by Greg Cristman)
Maryland Deathfest 2015 recently announced its initial lineup, and now more bands have been added, including Sodom, Demlich, Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, Primordial, Martyrdod, P.L.F., Noxa, Water Torture, Early Graves, Fulgora, Mother Brain and Pizzahifive.
The first lineup announcement, which Invisible Oranges dissected, included Neurosis, D.R.I., Tripykton, Bulldozer, Melt-Banana, Portal and more. Early bird tickets are sold out but the regular ticket sale begins in a few months.
UPDATE: IO dissected the new lineup announcement too.
Full list of confirmed bands below...
by Ian Chainey
MDF 2014 (via Invisible Oranges Instagram)
Maryland Deathfest XIII happens May 21 - 24, 2015, and today the first round of confirmed bands were announced. 32 in total were listed to whet the appetites of early birds interested in snatching up their tickets when they become available on Saturday, July 19 at 3 PM EST through the Maryland Deathfest website. The bands include such heavyweights as Neurosis, D.R.I., and Triptykon, who missed this year's fest due to the passing of H.R. Giger. Triptykon leads a number of bands who will be making MDF their exclusive US appearance in 2015. Others include Australia's Portal, Sweden's Wolfbrigade, and Norway's Arcturus. The full list that's full of pleasant surprises -- Hello, Bulldozer! Hello, Melt-Banana! -- appears below.
So, while the bill will look different, the venues will remain the same. Per the promoters:
We were satisfied with the venue situation this year, so we've decided to use the same set up again next year. What does this mean? We will use the Edison Lot (located at 545 N. High St) for our 2 main stages, Rams Head (located at 20 Market Pl) will be used each night and will host death/black metal bands, and Soundstage (located at 124 Market Pl) will be used each day/night for grind/hardcore/punk bands. On Thursday, only Rams Head will be used.The full list of bands along with the trailer for Welcome to Deathfest that documents the 2013 event and screens in NYC soon, below...
by Doug Moore
Impetuous Ritual at Rites of Darkness 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Australia's Portal are one of the more surprising breakout death metal successes of recent years. Though they're inventive players and have an instantly memorable visual schtick, their music is far from listenable. If you find Portal's wall of oozing noise a touch too impenetrable, Impetuous Ritual may be for you. This band shares a few key members with Portal, and the overall vibe is similar: murky, ugly death metal that draws on older American acts like Incantation, but that takes their sound to stranger places. The chief difference between the two lies in degree; Impetuous Ritual keep the insanity to more human levels.
IR's first album, 2009's Relentless Execution of Ceremonial Excrescence (!), was an under-the-radar gem. But now that Portal's (and weird death metal in general's) profile is much higher, there's good reason to think that its follow-up, Unholy Congregation Of Hypocritical Ambivalence (!!!), will make a big splash. Their label Profound Lore, which is also home to Portal, has announced an April 15 release date for the album. They've also released a song from the effort, titled "Venality in Worship," which you can stream below...
Decibel Magazine is back with its annual top 40 albums of the year list. Two of the top three (including the #1 spot) are reunion albums from death metal veterans, though many younger bands place highly as well. And the one metal album we can safely expect on many non-metal lists, Deafheaven, makes it on there too.
Check out the full list below...
by Wyatt Marshall
The Body at The Acheron in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
It's Halloween, and there's no shortage of fun stuff to do. Let's get to it.
Insanely loud sludge creeps The Body are playing Saint Vitus tonight (10/31) with Sandworm and Blackout, and they'll be screening their spooky new video that came out today, "Shrouded," at the show. They'll also screen the brand new (today) video from Portal, who also kept it spooky and veil-themed with "Curtain." Check out those videos in this post.
If you're looking for more of a straight up rager, thrashers Oozing Wound are playing a warehouse show at 95 Bogart St with Wicked King Wicker, Rozamov and Silicone Sister. The show's a kegger, so come thirsty. Flyer for that below.
As previously mentioned, Liturgy will be teaming up with noted composer Alan Howarth for a Halloween show tonight at 285 Kent. You might not recognize Howarth's name, but you'll recognize his work: Howarth co-wrote the score to Halloween and did sound work for dozens of movies, including Star Trek and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The show will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of Halloween.
If you're looking for something dance-y AND dark, you're covered: as previously noted, Vatican Shadow will be playing Output with Raime, Silent Servent, Veronica Vasicka and Becka Diamond. Vatican Shadow just put out a remix of The Field's "Cupid's Head"--listen to it below.
Meanwhile, old school death metal band Necrophagia is giving away a free track, "The Wicked," on their bandcamp. Stream it below, but first, fun fact: Phil Anselmo of Pantera used to play guitar in Necrophagia under the name "Anton Crowley." Speaking of Anselmo, he just had quite a Halloween warm-up down in Austin with horror movie/metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Fest.
Vids, song streams and flyers below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Incendiary at Knitting Factory, July 2010 (more by Meghan McInnis)
Incendiary will open for the 87-demo lineup of Breakdown when the band takes the stages of Public Assembly on December 22. The Long Island hardcore crew will be joined by The Last Stand, Get Involved and Shell Shock, and tickets for this Brooklyn-Vegan-presented event are still available. Get 'em while you can! Flyer is below.
Following their dates together with Clutch, Mondo Generator will team with Saviours and Wino for a show at Saint Vitus on January 2. Tickets are on sale. All tour dates are below. As you may have read, Nick of Mondo Generator is back with his old bandmates on the new Queens of the Stone Age record.
An avalanche of new tracks today, including the new title track from the forthcoming "Harmonslaught" 7" by Torche, a new Ghost track (HERE), a new Suffocation track from their forthcoming LP, and last but not least a new Portal track. The latter will appear on the band's forthcmong new LP (!) Vexovoid, due via Profound Lore on Feb 19, 2013. Check out all of those new tracks below.
All streams and a listing of all Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks (and last two of 2012) year are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One of Europe's best festivals dedicated to heavy music is taking their show on the road. Behold the Obscene Extreme World Tour:
Since its birth in 1999, over 500 bands have played Obscene Extreme festival from almost every corner of the world, bringing with them a horde of diehard extreme music fans from across Europe and beyond to its home base in the Czech Republic.The previously only-in-Czech-Republic festival's North American date goes down on March 29th-30th in Mexico City. Details so far are sketchy, but look for this vegan-friendly, underground, low cost festival to land some impressive names like previous alumni Asphyx, Portal, Discharge, Nasum, Wolfbrigade, Wormrot, Yacöpsae, Birdflesh, Gride, Disfear, Mob 47, and so many others.
What brings fans to Obscene Extreme is more than the cross selection of new and old underground grindcore, crust, punk, death metal, thrash metal, hardcore and everything in between, but the incredible atmosphere, the real DIY ethic and the true spirit of community. It doesn't matter where you're from or who you are, everyone is the same when they're in the pit!
For over a decade people have travelled the globe, driven across continents and slept in airports and railway stations to make it to Obscene Extreme, and now Obscene Extreme is coming to you - rolling into Mexico, Indonesia and Australia like the United Nations of Grind.
Portal at Knitting Factory (more by Samantha Marble)
Continuing our ongoing Bloody Panda remix series (we interviewed both Sanford Parker and Matmos), we sat down with the veiled madman behind Portal, Horror Illogium, to ask him a few questions about his contribution to Summon: Invocation. The results and the song stream, which appears here for the first time, are below.
Rorschach at The Charleston (more by Ryan Muir)
While we wait for the Maryland Deathfest lineup to expand, one of those bands have slipped past the goalie! Rorschach will play Maryland Deathfest
and will presumably be announced with their final batch of artists in the coming weeks. Final bands announced! and they are: AGALLOCH, ARCHGOAT (Finland), BRUJERIA (Mexico), YOB, BLACK WITCHERY, DYING FETUS, UNANIMATED (Sweden), MORGION, RORSCHACH, NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic), DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia), and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.
Show No Mercy returns with an interview and a new song from Leviathan. The interview is short and Whitehead doesn't exactly delve deep, but it and the song are both definitely worth a listen.
Vanishing Leper is Justin Detore (Mind Eraser/Rival Mob/Righteous Jams etc) and Jordan Darby (Dry-Rot), and the band is currently streaming a new EP and are preparing it for a limited release on Cold Vomit. Listen below.
Kvelertak is coming.
Absu added more dates since we first posted. Original post updated.
Rise And Fall have a new 7" on the way entitled "Deceiver", alongside a reissue of Hellmouth. Look for both on Deathwish.
Portal are currently tracking their new LP.
Mastodon's Remission has been repressed on 2xLP.
Have a fun weekend. More NYC shows listed below. What did I miss?
Monarch @ Death By Audio (more by BBG)
If you don't know (((unartig))), you probably have at least watched one of his great live show videos. We definitely post them all the time, and so we thought we'd ask him what his favorite live shows of 2010 were. Check out his list with videos that he recorded below...
Luc LeMay of Gorguts
Gorguts. Portal. Krallice. Bloody Panda. On one show! Knitting Factory on Wednesday (5/26) was a bit much to comprehend, what with a stellar four band bill like that, and as expected the sold-out Blackened Music/BV show was a jawdropper.
Bloody Panda started the evening out sans their usual executioner hoods, blasting out a powerful set of ominous darkness that was a perfect opposite to the tremolo-picking/riff-tastic bill that would follow. Starting with a shriek from vocalist Yoshiko that sent a shiver up my spine (imagine the middle ground between a high-pitched squeal and a door hinge creaking), I realized that it had been quite sometime since I last saw the band (members are now scattered around the globe) and had forgotten how compelling they were live. The band seems as though they have moved past shock & awe in the riff department and on to moody, powerful soundscapes with riffy passages (ala Swans). Either way, incredible set from this sextet.
Krallice swapped slots with Portal before the show started, and followed BP. As usual, the fearsome foursome played a rousing set of technical yet tuneful black metal which, much like at Europa, featured a decent amount of new songs. No word on what that material will hit the shelves, but expected it to be as brutal, complex, and powerful as their previous two releases. Incredible band.
The atonal and costumed beast Portal was next, and the room was buzzing with anticipation. How would Portal's music translate in a live setting? What would they look like? Would the band come off as schticky or theatrical? Around 10PM, the band sauntered on stage, each clad in all black with hoods, one wearing a hangman's noose around his neck. Once the down-tuned and discordant riffs began, in came The Curator, the band's theatrical vocalist. Dressing in a black pope outfit, The Curator summoned some of the most unholy of bellows, gesturing in ways not unlike the pontiff himself. Extremely theatrical and totally fun, Portal are fascinating live, and hopefully we won't have to wait to see them again.
After a bill like that, I would have more than content with calling it a night... but Gorguts was next! The reunited Canadian DM gods (now featuring Colin Marston & Kevin Hufnagel) delivered a powerful set of brutal, eclectic tunes, with a good portion of those coming from the bands FORTHCOMING album (in 2011!). Classics from Obscura and beyond were all well represented, and the band were balanced, tight and badass in the live setting.
The thing that I enjoyed most about Gorguts' performance was the focus on something that I find lacking in tech-death in 2010; too many bands think that technically impressive riffs always equals brutality. Some of the simplest riffs ever are also the most brutal... it's more about feel and power behind those riffs and not that really rad seven-fret stretch you can do. Hey, it is called technical DEATH metal after all, amirite?
More pics, some setlists, and some must-see video is below....
DOWNLOAD: Bloody Panda - "Art Galleries" (MP3)
Colin Marston of Gorguts, playing Europa with his other band Krallice (more here)
The Gorguts / Krallice / Bloody Panda / Portal extravaganza is WEDNESDAY (5/26) at Knitting Factory. Some tickets are still available, but they are going fast and the show WILL sell out. Pick up a pair, or try your luck at winning our MEGA-prizepack featuring a pair of tickets, a copy of Krallice's new album Dimensional Bleedthrough on clear 2xLP gatefold vinyl AND Portal's Lurker at the Threshold limited run picture disc 7"! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.
Speaking of Bloody Panda, the band recently sent a demo track into the wild, "Art Galleries", which is available for download above. The clip, culled from a 2004 mini-disc recording, features BP in one of their earliest forms and is less the lumbering 10-ton 10MPH riffbeast that you may already know; it's a fascinating track. For more details on the genesis of the recording, head to Stereogum. A video for Bloody Panda's "Miserere" is embedded below.
Portal's Lurker At The Threshold EP is also out NOW via Chrome Leaf. This limited edition picture disc is currently not on sale via the label's site (until after MDF), but is up for sale at Aquarius Records, Nuclear War Now, and other fine institutions of misanthropic commerce.
Some videos and full Bloody Panda dates are below...
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Surprise! After a few CDs made their way into record stores accidentally (I am told) Twilight, the Blake Judd/Wrest project that now features N. Imperial (Kreig), Aaron Turner (Isis), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) and Sanford Parker (Minsk) is out NOW on CD via Southern Lord! The record was engineered by Sanford Parker, who also contributed synths, and features eight tracks with Robert Lowe (Lichens) contributing vocals to three of them. No official word on a release date for the LP, but get out and order a copy... I think I may enjoy it more than the new Nachtmystium. Speaking of the new Nachtmystium, Stereogum recently premiered the keyboard heavy "No Funeral" from the forthcoming Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II. Dig on that above.
Call me obsessed, but the new Black Breath, Heavy Breathing, is on serious rotation lately- much like their previous EP Razors To Oblivion was last year. The new LP has Kurt Ballou's dirty little fingers all over it, bringing their rich early Swedish death metal meets hardcore sound to life, as exhibited in "Children of The Horn" available above. Get Heavy Breathing now via Southern Lord. Black Breath will open the BV/1000 Knives/AEG Live Converge extravaganza at Santos Party House on 5/6 along with Touche Amore and Lewd Acts. Make sure and get their early (their live show is worth it), and get your tickets in advance (it WILL sell out). Seriously brutal and fun stuff... you gotta love a band that screams "reject Christ, spit on the cross" at the top of their lungs. Or am I alone on that one?
Though it only lasts two tracks (but conversely- 35 minutes), the new EP from Altar of Plagues, Tides, is every bit as powerful as White Tomb, one of my favorite LPs of last year. AoP's new Tides EP is currently up for pre-order via Burning World Records (cop it), but until that package arrives, make sure and dig on "Atlantic Lights" from the EP (50% of the record!) , which makes it's world premiere here!
An LP from last year that was just too good to be free was Celeste's Misanthrope(s). With a potent mix of black metal, furious hardcore, and even melody, it was a seriously underrated record that deserved much more attention than it got. Even though Misanthrope(s) is barely in the rear view, the band has released their new LP, Morte Nee(s) for FREE download (get it above). Make sure and order a copy of the LP for yourself via Denovali as well though, it's one to keep for posterity.
Richmond's Inter Arma totally floored me at The Charleston with their furious mix of black metal, southern stoner style and Neurosis-style imperial riffage. Besides being a jawdropping live band, Inter Arma has also put together a pretty memorable record as well in the form of Sundown, out soon on Forcefield Records. Featuring members of another great Richmond band, Bastard Sapling, check out the band when they hit the road in July, but until then, check out Sundown!
A darkness has settled over the land... details on Watain's new album have been revealed! Entitled Lawless Darkness, the effort was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden, and is due on June 7 with the below cover art and the tracklisting as listed down below. The release follows their picture disc EP Reaping Death which quickly disappeared, though the CD single is currently available.
That Watain cover, plus news on Blood Revolt (Primordial + Revenge), Loss, Man Is The Bastard, Hail of Bullets, Woe, a new Inquisition LP, and more as Short Wave Warfare continues....
Colin on stage with Krallice (more by Paul Birman)
It's with the utmost pride that I am proud to announce that BrooklynVegan will team up with The Blackened Music Fest and Knitting Factory on May 26th for the return of the legendary Gorguts (!) with Brooklyn black metal greats Krallice, the NYC debut of the darkness that is Portal, and the return of Bloody Panda! Tickets are on sale.
FYI, Gorguts is now made up of half of the current members of Dysrhythmia (Colin and Kevin), along with John Longstreth (Dim Mak, Origin, The Red Chord) and Luc LeMay (original Gorguts). Colin of Dysrhythymia will do double duty that night, as he also plays guitar with Krallice.
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Dark Castle @ Union Pool (more by Sam Marble)
In recent months, the upswing in metal coverage on BV has rendered the moniker "Week In Metal" unnecessary. Small blurbs in "WIM" (as we call it around here) about Dark Castle have given way to photosets from their shows and posting of tour dates as they happen. Chalk it up to progress.
Starting this week, we will introduce a bit of a new direction for the old Week In Metal column, but without straying too far from the previous. The new column, entitled Short Wave Warfare, will scale back a bit, focusing on news that falls below the radar as well as shining a spotlight on new bands and upcoming shows in the NYC area. It won't be weekly. I hope you enjoy it.
Stay tuned for more upcoming shows in addition to Coalesce at Europa, Magrudergrind at Cake Shop, and The Hope Conspiracy at Union Pool, as well as a year-end best of 2009 post from myself and some of my favorite artists.
Thanks for reading. News on Portal, Oxbow, Master's Hammer, a collaboration between sunn O))) and Ulver, a new Haiyaino Daisuki & Gridlink, Amenra, Earthride, Kreator, Mammoth Grinder and so much more as (the new) Short Wave Warfare continues below....
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Doomriders - "Lions" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Portal - "Omenknow" (MP3)
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Javelina @ the Northside BV-BBG Showcase (more by Jason Walker)
Alright! I get it. Doomriders rules. Revocation is up there. There's a new Converge and Baroness on the way. But even with all of those great releases, it suprises me that Javelina isn't near some of the top of those lists. The band's filthy debut was a monster and their new one, Beasts Among Sheep, only adds to their considerable reputation. If you are a fan of the last LP, this one is a must have. Dig on "Stepchild" above and preorder the limited edition LP version of Javelina's Beasts Among Sheep via Brutal Panda Records and the CD version via Translation Loss.
Speaking of that Doomriders album, Darkness Come Alive is out NOW via Deathwish Records. Though the party vibe that permeated through Black Thunder is mostly gone, it has been replaced by a propulsive punk rock fury and, at times, a Misfits-era Danzig croon (see "Come Alive")! There are quite a few killer moments on this long-player, but we present to you the most "fuck you" of them all, the galloping "Lions" downloadable above!
In our last round up, we shined a light on into the deepest fathoms of Australia and the truly frightening Portal. The band's claustrophobic and positively frightening new death metal LP, Swarth, relies as much on freak-out atmosphere as it does killer discordant riffery. Swarth is due out on 10/20 via Profound Lore and we have a second taste in the form of "Omenknow" above.
Misery Index have completed four new songs and are looking to enter the studio in early 2010 to record their follow up to Traitors! Stoked.
Iron Age @ Cake Shop (more by Jason Walker)
I still remember that kick ass Cake Shop show with Iron Age, Mind Eraser, and Sex Vid, and walking out of that show wanting more. Thankfully, I can add to those great memories with a PAIR of Iron Age shows in the coming weeks! First up, the rowdy Texans will team up with the great Mother of Mercy (profiled here) for a show at Cake Shop (10/16). The next day (10/17), look for the band
to pull a double header with a day show at Generation Records and a night show at The Charleston with Brain Killer, Naam & Descender. Speaking of Mind Eraser, the band will team up with the kick ass Iron Lung for a string of east coast dates which will include Cake Shop on 11/8! Full Iron Age and Iron Lung dates are below.
Black Skies will release the limited edition vinyl from their 2008 EP Hexagon on I'm Better Than Everyone Else Records. The Chapel Hill doom trio is currently on the hunt for drummer #5, but not before blessing us with some seriously killer riffage in the form of "Smoke & Mirrors" above. Preorder Hexagon here.
Church of Misery will release a live record culled from their recent set at Roadburn 2009! More details are to come, but look for Burning World to do the honors in November/December of this year. In the meantime, dig on this killer live video from Roadburn 2009!
That video, news on Kowloon Walled City, Boris, Asphyx, Struck By Lightning, Ringworm, Repulsion and more!
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Portal - "Larvae" (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Converge - "Dark Horse" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kowloon Walled City - "Clockwork" (MP3)
Yes, that is a clock on his head.
Portal is currently prepping their new album, Swarth, for release via Profound Lore on 10/20. For the unaware, Portal is definitely an odd duck (in the best way possible!), as the Aussies employ discordant chord patterns ala French BM masterminds Deathspell Omega, and a generally discomforting atmosphere abounds. Dig on the extremely promising "Larvae" from Swarth available above! The abstract blackened death metal band from Australia is also one of a few bands that have already been announced for Maryland Deathfest 2010 along with additions like Gorguts, Asphyx, Wolfbrigade, Gridlink, Impaled, and many many noteable others! Full MDF list is below.
Mammoth Grinder has released their new LP, Extinction of Humanity, which is available via Cyclopean Records. The band, which (as we know) shares members with Hatred Surge & Iron Age, combines an old school death metal approach of Entombed / Dismember with the charge of hardcore. Their new LP delivers on the promises made on No Results. Check out a pair of MP3s from Extinction of Humanity available for download above!
In case you somehow missed it, the new Converge track, "Dark Horse" premiered on Stereogum last week. Axe To Fall has been in heavy rotation since I received a copy of this bad boy a few weeks ago, and I think that this could be their best record since Jane Doe. Check out the MP3 above and judge for yourself.
Their show with sunn O))) / Earth / Eagle Twin is little more than three weeks away (tix), and now Pelican has dropped a new MP3 for download from their LP, What We All Come To Need. Dig on "Strung Up From The Sky" above. Helmed by Chris Common (These Arms Are Snakes) in July and featuring appearances from Greg Anderson (sunn O))), Goatsnake, etc), Aaron Turner (Isis), Ben Verellen (Harkonen, Helms Alee), and Alan Epley (Life And Times), the new album is set to blast off at their new home, Southern Lord. Look for Pelican to hit the road with Black Cobra and Disappearer for a fall tour. Black Cobra also recently signed to Southern Lord.
As previously discussed, Kowloon Walled City, is currently prepping their new LP Gambling On The Richter Scale for release 9/29 on The Perpetual Motion Machine. Preorders for the new Kowloon Walled City are up here, but meanwhile, dig on one of the tracks from the LP, "Clockwork", above.
More on Teitanblood, Heims, Slow Southern Steel, Rise & Fall, Municipal Waste, Circle Of Dead Children, and many more as This Week in Metal continues...
by Black Bubblegum
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Intronaut Live in Barcelona, 2007 (buckyrocks)
New Century Media signees Intronaut will be back in town in August 8th at the Knitting Factory (on sale NOW), this time bringing Behold... The Arctopus and Mouth Of The Architect! Following up last year's excellent yet grab-baggy The Challenger sort-of-EP, the boys will head back into the studio in April to record a new LP. Mouth Of The Architect have a new album on the way as well, Quietly, and you can preview first single "Hate And Heartache" at the Translation Loss MySpace.
Speaking of Colin Marston, the new record for his black metal project with Mick Barr, Krallice, is in the can and is due in July via Profound Lore. Mick Barr's Ocrilim are on board to play a Todd P show opening for the mighty Thrones at Death By Audio on May 22nd. Thrones, aka Joe Preston of Melvins, High On Fire, and many other esteemed projects was spotted playing guitar with the mighty Harvey Milk at SXSW and WFMU has the whole thing available for download.