Entries tagged with: Primitive Weapons
by Andrew Sacher
Heavy noise rock bands Unsane and Today is the Day are old friends and past tourmates, and now their respective frontmen have formed a collaborative project called UXO. They'll release their self-titled debut album on January 29 via Reptilian Records (pre-order), and it features the ripping new single "Trauma." This is no tossed off side project; it's got the spirit and the attack that Chris Spencer and Steve Austin's main bands do, and it's a hell of a song. Check it out below (via Rolling Stone).
UXO are also going on a short tour in February, which hits Brooklyn on 2/25 at Saint Vitus with Primitive Weapons and The Austerity Program. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
photo: From Autumn to Ashes at Skate & Surf 2015 (more by Mimi Hong)
Reunited post-hardcore band From Autumn to Ashes was supposed to play NYC's Gramercy Theatre in July but they had to cancel. Now they've got a replacement NYC show scheduled for December 18 at Saint VItus with Fashion Week and Primitive Weapons. It's their only announced date at the moment. Tickets are on sale now.
Primitive Weapons, who have three members that co-own or work at Saint Vitus, play that venue again opening for Torche on Wednesday (10/14). Also on that bill is Chain Gang Grave. Tickets are still available.
Some FATA and Primitive Weapons videos below...
"Highlights from Afropunk for me so far were @Candiria and ST. Amazing sets" - Eddie Pearson
"Brand new fan of @Candiria @Raury and #Deathgrips !!! Sick! Killed that sh*%! Thank you @afropunk !!!" - Ericca J
"also a thrill to hear @Candiria @afropunk . so much good music. i'm ready to go into the shed. precision, transition, overdrive. #damn" - Jason Moran
Candiria at 2015 Afropunk Fest (photo by Mindy Rubinstein-Rosier)
It's happening! After a six long hiatus, Brooklyn's Candiria have announced a return. For our younger fans, Candiria were incredibly influential in the late 90s, implementing facets of jazz-fusion and rap into their songs. The band members decided to "move on with their lives" a few years ago, with drummer Ken Schalk moving to the other side of the country, but have since started making music again.Metal Injection wrote the above about Brooklyn's genre-defying Candiria last year. The band since played their first NYC reunion show at Black N Blue Bowl in May and then another at Afropunk Festival this past weekend.
Now, Candiria have scheduled their first non-festival hometown show, happening September 27 at Saint Vitus with Netherlands, Go Deep and Primitive Weapons. Tickets are on sale now.
Watch a video of their full Afropunk set, below...
photo: Primitive Weapons at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Heavy hardcore locals Primitive Weapons, last seen opening for Refused and at the Bushwick Collective Block Party, are currently on a tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Mutoid Man, co-presented by BrooklynVegan. The tour kicked off in DC last night, hits Philly tonight (6/17), Boston on Friday (6/19), and wraps up in NYC on Saturday (6/20) at Irving Plaza.
The band recently put out a video for a new song, "The Electric Drama." The video, directed by Zev Deans, has manipulated black-and-white footage of the band playing Saint Vitus (the venue three members of the band co-own or work at), and the song is a ripper. Check it out below (and look for ex-BrooklynVegan editor Fred Pessaro in the crowd). Their next album, The Future of Death, is due out this fall via PartySmaher Inc. the label/media platform run by Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman. The record was recorded by Dean Baltulonis (American Nightmare, Hope Conspiracy) at The Wild Arctic Studios in 2014
UPDATE: IT HAPPENED.
photo: Refused at Europa in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Refused's tour hits NYC for its second time this week TONIGHT (6/4) at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Creepoid (who have three other NYC shows). That's been sold out for a while, but if you didn't get in (or you did but you want to pull a Refused double header), you're in luck. After the MHOW show, Refused will head to Greenpoint for a late Saint Vitus show!. Doors are at 12:30 AM, and Primitive Weapons open. Tickets are on sale now.
Move over Maryland Deathfest and your Mobb Deep booking, the Bushwick Collective Block Party returns this June and will put quality metal like Black Tusk, Sannhet and Primitive Weapons up against... Fat Joe! There's also blues from Daddy Long Legs & RL Boyce, and other diverse bands like Black Black Black, Passaway, Marching Teeth, Capsized, DJ Evil Dee and more.
In addition to the music, there's street and graffiti artists painting live, food trucks, a beer tent, face painting, a family/kids friendly section, balloon twisting, merchant vendors and more. It all goes down from noon-midnight Saturday, June 6 by Troutman and St. Nicholas in Bushwick. Full lineup and more info below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Rosetta at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
One very prevailing trend in the punk scene right now is tons of bands bringing shoegaze into their sound, and coming out with a heavy/atmospheric blend that's making Hum look like a more influential band than ever before. Those bands are all making great records, but credit where it's due: a handful of metal bands have been keeping the heavy/atmospheric thing alive for years -- like Rosetta, who have been putting out killer albums for the past decade. Though Hum was never a band I tended to think of while listening to Rosetta (maybe more Neurosis or Isis), until today's release of new single "Untitled V."
Rosetta have done clean vocals before, though usually more in a higher-pitched fashion which does show up later on in the new song, but the low singing and thick heavy guitars that open this track are the unmistakable sounds of a band gazing away at those shoes. Perhaps part of that is because it's their first album as a five-piece, with Eric Jernigan of the Hum-ish City of Ships contributing guitar and vocals. Metalheads, fear not though. This sprawling seven-minute trip has plenty of screamed, aggressive moments as well. The song is from their upcoming album, Quintessential Ephemera (due this June via War Crime / Golden Antenna), and you can stream it below (via Noisey).
The Philly band have just a few shows coming up this June, one of which is opening their hometown stop of the BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges/Party Smasher Inc-presented Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Primitive Weapons tour, which happens 6/17 at Union Transfer (tickets). Unfortunately they're not on the NYC stop (6/20 at Irving), but tickets are still available for that one too.
All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...
photo: DEP at MHOW in 2013 (more by Rebecca Reed)
Tickets for the BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges/Party Smasher Inc-presented Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Primitive Weapons tour are on BV/IO presale for all dates now. You can get your using the PASSWORD, Partysmasher. Here are the dates and ticket links:
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
The Dillinger Escape Plan, who played their first show in eight months in Austin this past weekend as part of the Thrasher Deathmatch at SXSW, will be heading out on the road this summer for a short East Coast headlining club tour proudly co-presented by Party Smasher Inc, BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges. Mutoid Man and Primitive Weapons, who shared a bill at Saint Vitus earlier this month, will be along for the ride. Rosetta also plays the Philly show.
Tickets go on sale Friday (3/27) and here are the dates and ticket links:
6/16 @ Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC (tickets)Your first chance to get tickets for these shows will be via the BV/IO presale which starts Tuesday (3/24) at 10 AM. Check back Tuesday morning for the password.
6/17 @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia (tickets)
6/19 @ Royale Nightclub, Boston (tickets) -
6/20 @ Irving Plaza, NYC (tickets)
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
DEP's full itinerary also includes some festivals. All tour dates are listed, with more about the Austin show, below...
photo: Mutoid Man at IO-SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Cave In/Converge-related power trio Mutoid Man are releasing their new album on Sargent House this year, but details on that are still TBA. Meanwhile, they've announced a show happening in NYC on March 11 at Saint Vitus with Primitive Weapons and Meek Is Murder. Tickets are on sale now.
Their only other announced date is a Red Bull Sound Select show in Seattle with Wild Throne and secret guests.
No music from the new album is out yet, but you can watch a live video below...
Tickets for Taking Back Sunday's first annual holiday show at NJ's Starland Ballroom with The Menzingers go on sale today at 10 AM.
The BrooklynVegan-presented Hard Girls, Broadcaster, Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry) and Will Wagner (Smith Street Band) show at Death by Audio happens this Sunday (8/17). Admission is $8 at the door.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photos by Greg Cristman
United Nations @ Saint Vitus 8/2/2014
The Geoff Rickley-fronted screamo/powerviolence supergroup United Nations played a sold-out show at Saint Vitus on Saturday (8/2), and we've got pictures of the show in this post. They were joined by Florida post-hardcore crew and current tourmates Frameworks, and Brooklyn-based heavy post-hardcore bands Descender and the death-ier Primitive Weapons. The packed house at Vitus got pretty rowdy, with some mosh pit and crowd surfing action punctuating the sets. United Nations played a bunch of stuff from their recent Temporary Residence-released full-length The Next Four Years and closed the set with fan favorite "United Nations vs. United Nations," about that time they got sued by the non-musical United Nations. UN member Jonah Bayer's sister Vanessa Bayer, who you might recognize from SNL, introduced the headliners, or should we say ROASTED the headliners (watch the video below).
Check out more pictures from all four sets in Brooklyn, as well as setlists for everyone but Frameworks, and the Vanessa Bayer roast video, below...
by Ian Chainey
Fight Amp at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Markus Shaffer)
How many bands does it take to make a concertgoer deaf? WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU. I WAS AT A FIGHT AMP SHOW.
Fight Amp, the Philly noise rockers keeping the old AmRep flame lit, will be embarking on a short tour in July. They'll be joined by their sonic twinsies in the ten-tons-of-grit that's San Francisco's Kowloon Walled City -- who are making their sole East Coast stop for 2014 -- and the catchy hook slingers of Baltimore's grungy Roomrunner. The tour begins in Philadelphia on July 15, darts towards the coast for two days, and then comes to a close in Columbus, Ohio. On July 16, the three bands will add Primitive Weapons for their Saint Vitus engagement in NYC. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All three bands have found success with their take on the ultra-heavy guitars, lurching basslines, and tight rhythms that categorized early '90s bands like Cherubs, Tar, and Unsane. Yet, don't call them revivalists as each twist the feedback squalls with their own identities. Fight Amp, who are hard at work on a follow-up to 2012's Birth Control, find a way to integrate hypnotic repetition within their pummel. Same goes for Kowloon Walled City, adding a much needed dynamic sense to their sludgier songs. Then, Roomrunner reads like an outlier, what with their bordering on power pop infectiousness, yet they whip their equipment into a similar frenzy, using a low wum as a weapon. Should be fun.
All dates are listed, with streams from the bands, below...
by Doug Moore
Sannhet at SXSW 2014 (via Invisible Oranges Instagram)
Back in 2011, NYC-based metal blog MetalSucks released a pair of free "NYC Sucks" compilations that featured music by small-to-midsized area bands. (You can find Volume 1 here and Volume 2 here.) Some of the featured bands went on to great things while others fizzled, but together, the two comps remain a telling snapshot of the heavy music landscape in the city at the time.
Three years down the line, MetalSucks have released the first of two more NYC Sucks comps. Unsurprisingly, NYC Sucks Volume 3 features a lot of bands that we've covered here on BV -- Primitive Weapons, Sannhet, So Hideous, Natur, Tidal Arms & Car Bomb all come to mind. It includes some under-the-radar gems, too (Black Table, Ruine, etc.) You can stream the full thing and check out the track listing below, or you can download it for free here.
Some of these bands have upcoming local shows, too. So Hideous are appearing at Saint Vitus tonight (3/31) with Abigail Williams and fellow locals Cryptodira; Natur are hitting Black Bear Bar (formerly Public Assembly) on April 11 in support of old-guard UK metallers Satan on their first North American tour; and Sannhet will be supporting Yamantaka // Sonic Titan at their upcoming Baby's All Right show on 4/13, along with Odonis Odonis.
Stream the full NYC Sucks Volume 3 below...
by Doug Moore
Coliseum @ the Acheron, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
A few days later on 2/4, Coliseum will be releasing a digital-only live album via their Bandcamp. The recording captures their 2013 Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites set at Red 7 alongside True Widow and Pelican, whose guitarist Trevor de Brauw joined the band onstage for their rendition of "Fuzzbang" from their 2013 LP, Sister Faith (out now on Temporary Residence).
Speaking of Temporary Residence and Saint Vitus, Young Widows just announced a two-night stand happening at the venue just a few days before the Coliseum show.
Get a sense of what to expect by checking out some live video of Coliseum's BK show at Acheron from 2013 below...
by Doug Moore
When a bunch of people who've been in other notable bands form a new band together, are we obligated to call them a "supergroup"? That word has some ugly connotations (and looks kinda dumb on the page), but it's also the most efficient stand-in term when dudes from band A get together with dudes from band B and their buddy from band C to form band D, so we're more or less stuck with it. Life is hard, friends.
So if you can stomach "supergroup" (the word) and supergroups in practice, we've got an interesting one here: Brooklyn's UnWed. This band features bassist Jason Black of Hot Water Music, vocalist/former HWM tour manager Neltie Penman, Primitive Weapons (and Instruction, Errortype:11, Gay for Johnny Depp, etc.) guitarist/vocalist Arty Shepherd, drummer Jeff Gensterblum (ex-Small Brown Bike), and guitarist Matt Kane.
To hear UnWed tell it, they sound like "Good '90s rock...Hum, Deftones, that kind of stuff; a little of Queens Of The Stone Age vibe going on, too." You can (kinda) judge for yourself with the teaser video posted below, which is their first publicly available music. The recordings it samples come from a 2-song EP that they'll be putting out via No Idea early next year. If you don't wanna wait, they'll evidently have a very limited run of 7" versions available at their first show, which will be at Saint Vitus Bar on December 8 (12/8), along with NJ's Gates, Baltimore's Have Mercy, and fellow post-SBB project States & Kingdoms. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Stream that UnWed teaser vid below...
photos by Caroline Harrison
Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, and Anicon teamed up for a show at Saint Vitus last Friday (11/8). The show served as a sendoff of sorts for Tombs, who left the following day for Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel)'s Mana Studios in Florida. The band will spend the next few weeks recording and mixing the follow-up to 2011's Path of Totality.
Consequently, Tombs played most of their new album -- which sounds very, very promising -- at this show. (Primitive Weapons trotted out some impressive new tunes too.) We've got a full writeup and photos over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt:
More people started filing into Saint Vitus's performance space as Primitive Weapons set up their equipment. Initially, the crowd had formed the familiar horseshoe pattern around the room that creates a gaping, empty space in front of the stage. Once Primitive Weapons were ready to begin, Dave Castillo, the band's manic frontman, ordered the crowd to approach the stage and chastised the probably-drunk couple sitting on the floor near the stage for getting in everyone's way. The crowd obliged and Primitive Weapons launched into a furious, energetic set. Castillo isn't one to shy away from getting in the crowd's face and even touching people. I spotted two young guys appearing to flee from the front of the stage to escape Castillo's attention.You can check out the full writeup and photo sets over at IO. You can check out some of the pictures below, along with footage of all four bands' sets. Make sure to give the Tombs footage a look; it's a full-set video, so you can hear most of the songs from the new Tombs record before it's even recorded.
by Doug Moore
new guy is second from left
Pig Destroyer has been a band since 1997. That's a long time; some of you reading this were probably born that year. During that 16-year run, various members have come and gone -- the band has had four drummers (if you count Municipal Waste/Burnt By the Sun drummer Dave Witte's brief stint) and three samples/electronics folk, but never once have Pig Destroyer included a bassist in their ranks.
Until now, anyway. In an interview with Terrorizer, guitarist Scott Hull has announced that John Jarvis (drummer Adam Jarvis's cousin) will be joining the band on the four-string. Here's Hull's explanation for the change:
"After so many years of remaining bass-less, why did you decide to welcome a bassist into the fold now?This decision was arguably overdue; Pig Destroyer have had a tough time replicating the thickness of their recorded material when they play out in the past, and a bass presence will make a huge difference for them. The Jarvises also play together in the awesome grind/death/hardcore outfit Fulgora, who hopefully won't throw in the towel now that both guys are working on Pig Destroyer.
Scott Hull: Well, the biggest reason we DIDN'T have a bass player, or another guitarist, for so many years was that we just didn't want the added complication of someone having to learn lines that I'd already written. Additionally, we just didn't want to have another person in the band because it adds complexity; travel arrangements for shows, space in a van/bus. . .etc etc. As the years progressed, we just thought "well we've gone this far without anyone else, why bother introducing a new headache now?" But honestly, I've been wanting to broaden the scope of our music for quite some time. It would be very difficult, for instance, to really do some Jesus Lizard-y type of material without a bass player, but we want to bring that sound into our material somewhat as well as some other styles that would really require a bassist, so that really made us think about it seriously. Luckily, the bass player we chose is a really good fit technically and personality-wise. He gets where we are at and knows we are picky about what we do and when, so he wont get impatient that we aren't touring 200 days out of the year.
Does this mean you'll be retroactively adding bass lines to your old classics when playing live?
Scott Hull: Yep, we've been doing that. And for the most part, it's added some real depth to the tracks, which is exciting. In some cases, like for the songs 'Terrifyer' and 'Starbelly', it's really changed them altogether. It's very cool. I feel like we kinda reinvigorated ourselves when Adam came into the band, and we're kinda doing it again with John. Change is good.
Pig Destroyer will debut their new lineup at Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Fest, which starts on Friday (10/25) and runs until Sunday (10/27). Housecore has quietly become one of the best American metal festivals of the year, and it'll host a couple of other significant firsts: Goblin playing their Suspiria live with the film, and Dale Crover (of Melvins) drumming for Eyehategod. You can still buy walk-up tix for the fest or venue-limited badges; check out the full lineup of bands below.
by Doug Moore
Tombs @ The Studio, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
With our NYC Metal Show Calendar growing increasingly crowded with killer tours, it'd be easy to miss some of the awesome local-oriented metal shows coming up in the next couple of months. Here are three you should hit for sure:
Behold the Arctopus, Child Abuse, and Geryon at The Acheron on October 3: Tech assassins Behold the Arctopus were just announced for Portland's Fall Into Darkness Fest, so they'll be bringing their A game at this gig as they prep for the big stage. (Which, to be fair, they always do.) Meanwhile, keyboard/bass/drums noise rockers Child Abuse (one of NYC's weirdest heavy bands, which is saying something) have a new album and an October tour in the works, though official dates/locations haven't been announced. Geryon, meanwhile, is Nick McMaster & Lev Weinstein of Krallice playing bass'n'drum death metal, which is about as strange as it sounds. Tickets are on sale.
Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, and Anicon at Saint Vitus on November 8: As we mentioned a few weeks back, Tombs is only kind of a local band now; 3/4 of the members live elsewhere. The band is currently gearing up to record a new album late in the fall, so you can expect that they won't be around NYC much after this date. Primitive Weapons -- formerly something of a house band at Vitus -- have also dialed their local appearances way back as of late. Catch both NY heroes on one bill while you can; buy tix here.
Dysrhythmia, Zevious, and Geryon at Saint Vitus on November 17: Even if you don't like the noodly shit, or if you insist on rock music having vocals (lame), Dysrhythmia are one of the most jaw-dropping live acts in the game right now, thanks in no small part to drummer Jeff Eber's ability to slam the everloving crap out of his drums while dodging through Colin Marston (who just released a new album) and Kevin Hufnagel's zany parts. Main support Zevious also features Jeff, along with his brother Mike. With Geryon bringing up the fore, there is going to be a lot of good drumming at this show. Tix here.
Stream some Child Abuse, Geryon, and Zevious below:
A new Midwestern-themed bar, Lake Street, is opening next Tuesday (7/9) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The bar is run by Brooklyn musicians who originally hailed from the Midwest, including Hold Steady drummer Bobby Drake, onetime Freedom Fighters frontman Frank Bevan, Primitive Weapons bassist Eric Odness, and Spoon bassist Rob Pope. A press release about the new bar reads:
Comprised of four Midwesterners and a Northern Irishman, Lake St. brings its low-key anthem to 706 Manhattan Ave. (btwn Norman and Meserole) in the form of a classic Midwestern tavern meets local neighborhood hangout. Wanting to create a bar in Brooklyn that reminded them of the bars they loved growing up in the Midwest the space has a decidedly old bar feel as evidenced by the 80 year old bowling lane bar top and checkerboard floor. The partnership team includes members of indie rock stalwarts Spoon, The Hold Steady, Primitive Weapons, W/O., and pop culture craze boy band, The Wanted. Lake St. offers a full liquor bar, twelve taps of locals, seasonals, favorites, and an array of Midwestern canned and bottled brews. Look for special guest DJ's on selected nights on their website, twitter, and Instagram.--
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Rosetta at Public Assembly, 4/19/2013 (more by Tod Seelie)
Post-metal Philadelphians Rosetta's weekend of shows kicked off in NYC at Public Assembly on April 19th when the band teamed with local support from post-hardcore band Primitive Weapons and post-rock-meets-post-black-metallers Sannhet. Check out more photos posted in a post about the post-everything show over at InvisibleOranges and please do so post-haste (yes, I meant to do that).
If you missed Primitive Weapons, Hopefully you have a ticket to the band's sold-out appearance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/27, when the band supports The Dillinger Escape Plan/The Faceless/Royal Thunder.
by Fred Pessaro
As discussed, The Dillinger Escape Plan is proclaiming One of Us is the Killer with a brand new LP, celebrating it with a set of new dates with The Faceless and Royal Thunder. Brooklyn's date at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 27th will also feature a set by Converse Rubber Tracks recording artists Primitive Weapons and a DJ set by yours truly. The Brooklyn show is totally free/open to the public, but you need to RSVP aka grab a free ticket. They become available at noon on Wednesday (4/10),
The Brooklyn show is part of the ongoing Converse Rubber Tracks Live series. The last one was with Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Heliotropes and Eternal Summers.
DEP recently dropped a new tour promo, as well as a snippet from their forthcoming LP. Check them both out below along with all tour dates and a short documentary on Primitive Weapons and Saint Vitus...
photos & words by Caroline Harrison
Russian Circles @ Saint Vitus 4/1/2013
Russian Circles played Saint Vitus last night (April 1), supported by locals Primitive Weapons and Descender. The post-metal band played Highline Ballroom on their last headlining tour (and Radio City Music Hall recently), so it's no surprise that they sold out the Greenpoint bar long before any openers had been announced.
Descender's no-frills post-hardcore kicked off the evening. Primitive Weapons, down a guitarist, ripped through an energetic set on home turf (guitarist Arty Shepherd was actually working the bar that night). Russian Circles' lushly layered sound translates beautifully live. The band expertly weaves in samples and loops, without obscuring Dave Turncrantz's impassioned drumming or Brian Cook's distinctive bass lines (ex-Botch/These Arms Are Snakes).
Primitive Weapons play Music Hall of Williamsburg later this month (4/27) with Dillinger Escape Plan, the Faceless, and Royal Thunder. We'll be posting the RSVP info for that free show as soon as it's available. And if you missed their set last night, you can catch Descender again tonight (4/2) at Saint Vitus supporting Loma Prieta and Goodtime Boys (tickets).
More pictures and a video of the entire Russian Circles set are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
White Widows at Saint Vitus, November 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Members of Goes Cube, The Destro, Grudges, and Primitive Weapons have united to form White Widows, a young Brooklyn band ready to prove themself with their debut LP via Sacrement Music. The six-song self-titled effort shows the band's influences clearly, mixing 90s-influenced hardcore with parts that would sound at home on on a Crowbar or Pantera effort. Stream that LP in full below for the first time.
White Widows have a few dates in their path, including March 9 at Acheron with Heartless, and again on April 20 at Knitting Factory with Black Breath and Mutilation Rites (tickets). All dates are 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.