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Liturgy at Saint Vitus - 4/15/15
Liturgy brought their tour in support of their new album, The Ark Work, to their hometown of Brooklyn for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus on Wednesday (4/15). The new album abandons the harsh vocal style of their previous material and is closer to art rock than anything you'd call "metal," but it does retain some of their more aggressive elements like drummer Greg Fox's punishing blastbeats. They're focusing mostly on the new stuff for this tour but including a couple from its predecessor, 2011's Aesthetica, too.
Opening was another band who walk the line between metal and non-metal, Psalm Zero, and the new-music ensemble Mivos Quartet. Pictures of all three bands are in this post and continue below...
photo: Revocation at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Boston's tech-y Revocation are going on a short Northeast US tour this week ahead of their trip to Mexico in July.
The tour begins in NYC on Friday (4/3) at Saint Vitus with very solid local support from Artificial Brain (who also plays with Ghoul soon) and Psalm Zero (who also play with Liturgy soon). Tickets for Vitus are on sale now.
Revocation's most recent album was last year's Deathless on Metal Blade, following several releases on Relapse. Listen to the title track, with their list of dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Psalm Zero at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Earlier this year, when the usually-black metal band Liturgy released the first new single "Quetzalcoatl" from their new album The Ark Work (due 3/24 via Thrill Jockey), it was notable for being entirely not metal at all. Sure, metal snobs were quick to point out that Liturgy "were never metal" anyway, but this song was really not metal. This used to be a band with blast beats and abrasive screams. "Quetzalcoatl" is a clean-vocal industrial rock song. I was fully expecting the rest of the album to follow suit, but they actually surprised me.
It's still clean vocals, and it's still mostly not a metal album, but skins master Greg Fox brings back those blast beats on a handful of songs, while the rest of the band crafts more accessible, melodic music than the band was previously known for. That's especially evident on the new 10-minute single "Reign Array." Black metal fans will probably hate this comparison, but Liturgy have made an album that will likely be listened to by many people who don't normally listen to the genre, so here goes: if you like Deafheaven but you're not huge on the screaming, this song could be for you. Listen below.
Liturgy's upcoming tour includes a hometown show on April 15 at Saint Vitus, and openers for that have been announced. It's with new-music ensemble Mivos Quartet, and another band that toes the line between metal and non-metal, Psalm Zero. Tickets are still available.
Stream Liturgy's new song, with music from both Vitus openers and the full list of tour dates, below...
photo: Psalm Zero at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
NYC experimental musician Charlie Looker (currently of Psalm Zero, formerly of Extra Life, Zs and others) is curating and performing at The Stone from January 13 to 18. As you'd probably expect, he's got a lot of cool collaborators lined up. The full schedule is below, but here's a few highlights:
The 10 PM show on 1/13 has Charlie playing with bassist Tim Dahl (Child Abuse, etc) and drummer Weasel Walter (Behold... The Arctopus, etc), who are also both joining Lydia Lunch at her Retrovirus show three days earlier. For that show they're promising "mangled non-songs drawing from no-wave, free jazz, and war metal, with this highly accomplished/demented rhythm section."
On 1/14, Charlie's playing with guitar great Mary Halvorson (who's also a Weasel Walter collaborator and recently opened for King Buzzo) at both the 8 PM and 10 PM shows, but the late show is especially exciting, bringing Krallice guitarist Mick Barr and former Battles guitarist/vocalist Tyondai Braxton into the fold.
On 1/15, Charlie plays the 8 PM show solo, and then brings his Psalm Zero bandmate Andrew Hock with him for the late show, as well as Jamie Saft (organ, electronics) and Merzbow/Venetian Snares collaborator Balazs Pandi (percussion).
On 1/16, the 10 PM show will have Charlie's Northern Spy-signed band Seaven Teares joined by two exciting guest vocalists, Caleb Burhans of Alarm Will Sound and Zohra Atash of Azar Swan.
On 1/17, Charlie and Andrew Hock are playing solo sets at the 8 PM show, and then joining forces for an acoustic Psalm Zero set at the 10 PM show. New songs are promised, and $15 gets you into both shows for that night.
Finally, the last night (1/18) the 8 PM show features an ensemble that includes Andrew Hock and many others, playing a brand new 45-minute long composition that Charlie wrote. Then the 10 PM show will have one of Charlie's other bands, Period, joined by legendary saxist Tim Berne, who's been active since the '70s and a collaborator of Nels Cline and many others.
Full schedule for Charlie Looker's residency and more info below...
Our metal blog Invisible Oranges is presenting a loaded and varied NYC metal show at Trans-Pecos on December 14. The lineup features Humanless (a new project from members of Unearthly Trance), industrial weirdos Psalm Zero (ex-Castevet, Extra Life), local grindcore outfit Buckshot Facelift (which features members of Artificial Brain), and Bloodmist (members of Kayo Dot and Oneirogen). Tickets are on sale now for $10.
Check out video of Psalm Zero at 285 Kent and Buckshot Facelift at Leftfield from last year below...
When we first mentioned the absolutely loaded (Geryon, Oneirogen, Psalm Zero, Sannhet, Gnaw, Vilkacis...wow) shows for French experimental/atmospheric doom-metal mainstays Year Of No Light at Saint Vitus, they were billed as YONL's first U.S. shows. It turns out that those aren't exactly their first U.S. shows, as they since announced and kicked off a tour here last week. The tour began in L.A. this past Thursday (10/30) and basically stays on the west coast with the awesome black/death rippers Take Over and Destroy until they head over to Vitus for their shows on November 13 and 14.
All dates and a stream of Year of No Light's latest album, also below...
Thurston Moore at Prospect Park in 2010 (more by Lori Bally)
The ninth annual NY Art Book Fair is happening from September 26-28 at MoMA PS1 with a preview being held the evening of September 25. The preview features a live set from Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and his collaborator James Nares, as well as a DJ set from MEN/Le Tigre's JD Samson. That goes from 6-9 PM, and at 7 PM Thurston will be in PS1's lobby signing copies of his new chapbook of lyrics from his new album The Best Day. Skater/poet Mark Gonzalez will also be there for the launch and signing of Non Stop Poetry, his collection of over 145 of his zines. That's about a month before Thurston's tour with PCPC.
The fair will feature over 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions and independent publishers from 28 countries. Here's more details:
This year's NY Art Book Fair includes an ever-growing variety of exhibitors - from the zinesters in (XE)ROX & PAPER + SCISSORS and the Small Press Dome representing publishing at its most innovative and affordable, to rare and antiquarian dealers offering out-of-print books and ephemera from art and artist book history. NYABF-classic Friendly Fire focuses on the intersections of art and activism, and with the support of the Norwegian Consulate General in New York, the NYABF and Printed Matter presents NORWAY FOCUS: KUNSTNERBØKER, a curated selection of 23 Norwegian booksellers, institutions, artists and independent publishers.The fair is FREE and open to the public.
NYABF14 is also host to an array of programming and special events: now in its sixth year, The Classroom is a curated engagement of informal conversations, workshops, readings, and other artist-led interventions. The Contemporary Artists' Book Conference (CABC), now in its seventh year, features two full days on emerging practices and issues within art-book culture. The stage at the top of the stairs will have continuous musical performances programmed by Printed Matter, Showpaper, and Know-Wave Radio.
On the Saturday (9/27), there will also be more live music at PS1 during the fair, this time from I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing), Prince Rama, Psalm Zero, Ratking, Junglepussy, Juiceboxxx, King Concubine, Dark Sister, Trollkrem, Fortunate Dad and onre more TBA.
More details on the art fair below...
by Ian Chainey
France's Year of No Light have been around for over a decade now and, jeeze, how they've grown. Starting off as a sludgy post-metal thumper, the band has matured considerably, culminating in last year's Tocsin, a weighty slab of atmospheric experimentalism. They paired that mighty wallop with Vampyr, an instrumental "soundtrack" to the 1932 movie of the same name. Yet, while their ambition is appreciated, and their Rolodex large (check out some of their splits), their sheer sonic density has been and will remain their calling card. They're a sextet you know can create a cacophony live, the kind of subsonic prayers to the amplifier that gets doomers giddy.
So, enough foreshadowing: Year of No Light are heading to the East Coast for the first time. The band will play two back-to-back shows at NYC's Saint Vitus on November 13 and November 14. The November 13 date has a bill of Oneirogen, Geryon, and Psalm Zero. Tickets are available now. November 14 has Sannhet, Gnaw, and Vilkacis. Tickets are also available now. These are their only East Coast shows before they begin a US tour on Halloween in LA (dates TBA).
Mario Diaz de Leon's Oneirogen, a guitar-based drone project of epic proportions, is also playing with Father Murphy at the Acheron on October 9 and they just played with Falls of Rauros. The busy -- and busy for a good reason -- Geryon are also on the Bastard Sapling bill at the Acheron on September 28, along with Virus at Saint Vitus on October 25. Sannhet will play with Virus at Saint Vitus the night before on October 24. They also play the NYC stop of the Whirr / Cloakroom tour on Tuesday (9/16). Psalm Zero -- post Castevet break-up -- have also been making the rounds, appearing on recent shows with KEN mode and Black Anvil. Meanwhile Vilkacis, the newish blackened ripper on Psychic Violence Records, have logged some impressive stage time with Ash Borer, Hell, and Thou & the Body. Finally, Gnaw, the project of Khanate/O.L.D.'s Alan Dubin, are maybe in the studio. Says their Facebook, "recording / making / smashing." Huh. Either expect an album or expect some crazy Vines.
Check out streams from Year of No Light along with the snazzy flyer for the Saint Vitus shows, and full list of dates (others in Europe), below...
by Ian Chainey
KEN mode at 285 Kent in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Noisy post-hardcore trio KEN mode will be heading out on the road at the end of August for a short run of North American dates before hitting Europe with Hark. The first leg of their travels checks into places like Chicago and Philadelphia. On September 2, they'll play NYC's Saint Vitus for an Invisible Oranges presented show with Psalm Zero & Couch Slut. Tickets are on sale. The full list of tour stops appears below.
The Saint Vitus bill is particularly stacked and all outfits are armed with new ammo. KEN mode are touring in support of 2013's Entrench. They recently released a video for "The Promises of God" which you can watch below. Post-metallers Rosetta just got back from China and continue to tour for their album The Anaesthete. Metallic hardcore deafeners Tiger Flowers dropped Dead Hymns in April. And the proggy East of the Wall put out Redaction Artifacts last year and have been shredding it up with recent dates that include a suddenly active PsyOpus.
All of the dates along with the KEN mode video and streams from their Saint Vitus stagemates appear below.
photos and video by Greg Cristman, words by Ian Chainey
Black Anvil @ Saint Vitus 7/20/2014
Blackened thrashers Black Anvil celebrated their new album, Hail Death, by playing it in its entirety at NYC's Saint Vitus on Sunday (7/20). Bathed in red light and the flicker of a few candles, the NYC-based quartet featuring ex-members of gimmick-less NYHC band Kill Your Idols seemed to tower over the crowd as shadows, unleashing ferocious trem after ferocious trem. Vocalist/bassist Paul Delaney threw his body into the groove, inciting the crowd to do the same. The guitarists, Sos and Gary Bennett, flanked Delaney and drummer Raeph Glicken, one covered in grime, the other hidden in a hood. During "My Hate is Pure," John Chernack of openers Fantom Warior jumped to the stage for a guest spot. For fans of their newer material like "Still Reborn," which Joseph Schafer called ". . . the best thing Black Anvil have ever written" in his Invisible Oranges review, it was an exhilarating night.
Black Anvil shared the Saint Vitus stage with three others. Yellow Eyes, the buzzy black metal trio who have been gigging often, demonstrated why they've built a dedicated following off the backs of 2013's Hammer of the Night and their January-released single The Desert Mourns. Jersey cult thrashers Fantom Warior followed. Reformed in 2012, they're giving hope to old-school metalheads that a follow-up to their 1987 album Fantasy or Reality might be closer to the second word in that title. Psalm Zero, the experimental duo featuring Charlie Looker (Zs) and Andrew Hock (Castevet), moved in near synchronicity while backed by a drum machine, offering intense takes on the blackened/industrial amalgam that's their adventurous debut LP The Drain. Though all the performances were strong, the night belonged to Black Anvil. Hail Death indeed.
Pics from the whole night, plus videos for Psalm Zero and Black Anvil, below...
We've had no lack of posts about Black Anvil's new album Hail Death that they'll be playing in its entirety at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn this Sunday (7/20), and earlier today we did a big KISS roundup that included news related to the Melvins and White Lung. Hours later we find out Black Anvil are streaming a KISS cover! So here's another KISS post. Listen to the cover of "Under The Rose" (which appears on the deluxe version of Hail Death), and the original, below.
Black Anvil kick off a tour with Skeletonwitch and Ghoul in Chicago in September. Skeletonwitch play their own Saint Vitus show in October while on the road with Amon Amarth who play Best Buy Theater in NYC that same night.
All Black Anvil dates are listed below...
by Ian Chainey
Relapse Records is rolling right now. Yesterday, the Pennsylvania located label dropped two of the most anticipated releases of the year, Serpentine Path's Emanations and Black Anvil's Hail Death. That would be a crowning achievement for most metal album dealers, but Relapse isn't done. Up next on the docket? Tombs' Savage Gold on June 10. That's a haul and a half, right? We'll wait while you grab your weight belt.
Serpentine Path is an NYC superdoomer. When the cultly adored Unearthly Trance broke-up, bassist Jay Newman, drummer Darren Verni, and singer Ryan Lipynsky kept things slithering slowly with ex-Electric Wizard/-Ramesses member Tim Bagshaw. The quartet expanded into a five-piece after their 2012 eponymous debut, adding Stephen Flam of Winter as a second set of six strings. (Winter's Into Darkness is a cornerstone of the discerning death/doomer's collection.) When we premiered "House of Worship" on Invisible Oranges, Wyatt said, "The song smolders in the post-apocalyptic sense, with expertly arranged, no-nonsense riffing and restrained drumming giving rise to something bleak and sinister." And is he ever right. The rest of Emanations continues that colossal stride, shaking the ground with every step. Listen to the entire reocord below. Make sure to catch them at the IO sponsored show, June 21 at The Acheron with Churchburn, Throaat, and Dridge. (Tickets.)
Speed-wise, Black Anvil is Serpentine Path's polar opposite, hitting a pace typical of blackened thrash. That said, there's little typical about their exemplary execution on Hail Death. The NYC rippers stretch out to Hell Awaits lengths while ably recreating the atmosphere of classic Dissection. Of course, they also throw in their share of head-nodding riffs, showing off the tricks the quartet picked up during their stints in the NYHC band Kill Your Idols. Read another review at IO. Black Anvil will play the full album at Saint Vitus on June 20 with Psalm Zero, FANTOM WARIOR, and Yellow Eyes. (Tickets.) Album stream below.
Of course, you may want to see about sneaking in some overtime before June 10. That's the date of Tombs' Savage Gold. The release will be Mike Hill and company's third full-length and it might be their best work yet. In an upcoming interview soon to hit IO, Hill told me, "This time around, we had a lot of time to work on the material. We wrote a lot but also discarded a lot." That attention to keeping only the cream certainly shows in the three tracks released thus far (listen below). Needless to say, expectations are high. If you're on the West Coast, you're also looking forward to Tombs hitting the road with Pelican for a June tour (dates below).
So, where else can you keep tabs on all of this stuff? Well, we run an Upcoming Metal Releases feature on IO every Monday that runs down the week's points of interest along with a few older selections that you need to know about. This time, we covered Black Anvil, Crowbar, Dead Congregation, Emptiness, Enabler, Eyehategod, Misery Index, Serpentine Path, Vanhelgd, and a whole bunch more.
Streams of Serpentine Path, Black Anvil, and Tombs, with dates below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Black Anvil at Saint Vitus in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NYC's black metal crew Black Anvil are streaming a new song called "Still Reborn" off of their previously mentioned forthcoming album Hail Death, due out on May 27. The song, like the rest of the album, is a bruiser--big, riffffed-ouuuut and full of snarls and group backing vocals. The album's deservedly getting some attention, and, in his writeup of Black Anvil's other new song "Eventide," our former metal maestro Doug Moore called the track "big-venue-ready stuff -- I could see this tune going over extremely well with a huge, boozy European festival crowd."
Don't book your ticket to Wacken just yet--you can catch Black Anvil at Saint Vitus on July 20 with a NYC-area support crew consisting of experimental oddballs Psalm Zero, thrashers Fantom Warior and BK black metal crew Yellow Eyes. Black Anvil will be playing the entirety of Hail Death, so July is your chance if you like what you hear below. Tickets are on sale.
Streams of two new Black Anvil songs below...
by Wyatt Marshall
James Kelly with Altar of Plagues at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
In 2013, Irish experimental black metal stalwarts Altar of Plagues broke up, an event that understandably left fans bummed out -- they turned out some of the most interesting and heavy hitting black metal out there for the better part of a decade. As you may know, some members went on to form Malthusian, and guitarist/vocalist James Kelly went on to start an electronic project, WIFE.
WIFE will finally come to NYC to play a show on Saint Vitus on April 16. It's a full night of outer sound with gloomed-out one-man experimentalist Planning for Burial, avant-metal band Psalm Zero and experimentalist Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy). Tickets are on sale now. Planning for Burial is the headliner on this one, and though it's his only date at the moment, he's planning a summer tour.
Also, James Kelly's WIFE is not to be confused with California duo WIFE (aka Nick Steinhardt of Touche Amore and Andrew Thomas of Vow). To make matters more confusing, neither WIFE has played many shows, but both have shared bills with Deafheaven, Nick Steinhardt's in LA, and James Kelly's in London.
Stream the new James Kelly WIFE clip, plus some recent Planning for Burial, below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis, Wyatt Marshall & Zach Pollack
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at The Bell House in 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
The insanity that is SXSW is about to uproot folks from around the globe, sending them to Austin for a week to see 628 bands. While there will be great music from all around the world there, we thought, being a NYC-based website, we'd highlight ten artists from our hometown we think you should check out if you'll be there. You can listen to two tracks each from each band (who's on RDIO) in our RDIO playlist, and browse the list below.
Also check out our list of 50 artists from around the world (including four of the ones here) we're excited to see at SXSW and our SXSW metal preview (including NYC's Psalm Zero), and if you're going, we hope to see you at our official showcase, Invisible Oranges' showcase, or one of our day parties!
Check out the list and stream the playlist below...
by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher
Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
SXSW may be all about catching the hippest bands--check out the SXSW schedule for a lowdown on what's going on (or browse our "SXSW" tag for some highlights) -- including three BV day parties and the BV official showcase -- but there's no shortage of metal to bang your head to, either. Our metal blog, Invisible Oranges, is putting on a showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St.) with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In), Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and there are a number of other showcases and parties bringing heavy vibes. Here's a rundown of those events (with flyers and more details below).
On Tuesday night (3/12), Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase goes down at House of Vans at Mohawk (912 Red River) with Indian, Kylesa, Power Trip, Christian Mistress, Windhand and Iron Reagan outside; and Youth Code, Gnaw, Primitive Man, Psalm Zero, Sannhet and Yautja inside.
On Wednesday (3/13), it's the first of four Converse x Thrasher Death Match day parties at the Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) from noon to 6 across two stages with heavy representation from Earthless and The Shrine, plus some fun non-metal like Black Lips, Trash Talk (who also play the free Thursday BV party at Red 7), Cherry Glazerr and more. Free to the public.
Stereofly is also throwing a free party at Javelina Bar (69 Rainey St) with Yautja, Primitive Man, Gnarwhal and more.
There's also a not-free Heavy Metal Parking Lot day-into-night party at The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Rd) with Wino's reformed Spirit Caravan, The Shrine, Kylesa, Lazer/Wulf, Truckfighters and more. You can get advance tickets to that one.
Wednesday night, Relapse Records (who signed Iron Reagan, who do play SXSW but not this show) throws their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St) with Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon. You can also catch Nothing for free at the Thursday BV party at Red 7 which Trash Talk is also playing.
Not far from there, Roadhouse Management / Nuclear Blast Records will be presenting their showcase inside at Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) with Orchid, Kadavar, Scropion Child, BP Fallon & the Bandits, Mothership, Sweat Lodge and The Well. (Not metal, but outside at that same venue on the same night is our BrooklynVegan showcase. And hey, there are some heavier bands like Touche Amore and Frameworks on the bill.)
Also on Wednesday night, you can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies at Remedy (209B W. 5th St) with a non-metal lineup of Sean Nicholas Savage, Audacity, Tyvek and more.
Thursday (3/13), the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties continue with Windhand, Nothing and not exactly metal (not that Nothing is really metal either), but certainly loud bands Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, together PANGEA and Dirty Fences.
Then at night, it's our previously mentioned Invisible Oranges showcase at the Quantum Lounge with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus.
We do of course hope you come, but you can also catch Scale the Summit, The Ocean, Rivers of Nihil, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes at the Metal Injection showcase at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St).
It's the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties again on Friday (3/14) with the recently reunited NYHC band Judge, the recently reunited '80s-era SST vets Bl'ast, plus quality newer bands like Kylesa, Power Trip, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Reagan, Southern Lord-signed LA band Obliterations (not to be confused with Relapse-signed Norwegian band Obliteration), Youth Code and more.
During the day on Friday, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest also has a free party at G Pen Annex (corner of 6th and Red River) with Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Counterparts, Downpresser and more.
That night, MetalSucks puts on their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St), headlined by Animals as Leaders, and also featuring sets by After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores and East of the Wall.
The last day of the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties happens on Saturday (3/15), and though there's no metal at all on this one, you can still rage to Perfect Pussy and Diarrhea Planet.
Then, Saturday night, Tone Deaf Touring's showcase is at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River) with Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim and Vaporizer.
And if you've got a badge, you can check out some of the metal panels during the day, including From Riffs to Bits with James Williamson (The Stooges) and Buzz Osborne (Melvins) on Friday at 12:30 PM, and Has Metal Lost Its Edge? with Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Gigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), former BrooklynVegan contributor Fred Pessaro (Noisey), and Kim Kelly (Pitchfork) on Thursday at 3:30 PM.
That's a good amount of choices of the heavy persuasion for this year's SXSW, but if you're trying to narrow down the things you want to catch, we've put together a list of 11 metal bands we're looking forward to seeing. Check out that list (in alphabetical order) and along with flyers and set times for the above-mentioned shows, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Pyrrhon at the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Tech-death weirdos Pyrrhon just made a new track available to stream, and, true to form, it's a warped nightmare of a song. "Balkanized" is off Pyrrhon's forthcoming album The Mother of Virtues, which is due out on April Fool's Day (heyo! -- 4/1) via Relapse. Click play if you want to know what it sounds like to cross an event horizon.
Pyrrhon will be touring in advance of the album release with fellow NYC band Psalm Zero. The tour will hit South by Southwest and lands in NYC on March 28 at Trans Pecos. That'll be a good'un--prepare to be weirded out by two of Brooklyn's finest. Psalm Zero just released a new track via Stereogum--stream it below.
Full disclosure: Pyrrhon's vocalist is none other than our very own Doug Moore, who writes about all things heavy on BV and IO. Doug, you sound terrifying. Mother of Virtues is up for preorder from Relapse.
All dates are listed, along with those streams, below...
by Doug Moore
We mentioned a few weeks ago that talented Nashville sludge/grind act Yautja are coming to NYC for a show at The Acheron on 2/9, along with Psalm Zero, Geryon, & Kevin Hufnagel. Since we last spoke, it's been announced that the Acheron show is part of a full tour, and all dates are listed below. Tickets for the Brooklyn date are still available.
The tour is in support of their killer debut LP, Songs of Descent, which comes out on February 11 via Forcefield Records. We already posted one song from that album, "Concrete Tongue," and now you can check out another, titled "Denihilist," which we just premiered over at Invisible Oranges. From our writeup:
Nashville's Yautja, named after the aliens from the Predator series, have an almost preternatural grasp of the perfect lurch. This skill is on full display in this exclusive premiere of "Denihilist," the second track from the band's upcoming debut album, Songs of Descent. The song wastes no time in constructing a colossal riff of the sort that has allowed Gojira to somewhat improbably scale the heights of contemporary metaldom. Yautja's glowering racket is of much more mongrel stock, as the band mix the tumbling urgency of hardcore with the frantic pelt of grindcore, and dredge speedy death metal licks through a bottom-heavy, corrosive sludge that recalls the halcyon swamps of the early '00s.Check out "Denihilist," along with "Concrete Tongue," another recently-released album cut, "Faith Resigned," and the list of tour dates, below...
Azar Swan at MHOW in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn goth pop duo Azar Swan are pretty much regulars in the local live scene, and as usual, they've got more coming up like tonight's (1/24) previously discussed Prurient show at Saint Vitus which also includes Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick Fernow of Prurient's Hospital Productions label) and DJ Becka Diamond. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
In the following month, they'll open the first of two Suuns shows in NYC, which happens on February 21 at Death by Audio. Suuns also play the next night at Shea Stadium (2/22) with Regal Degal. Tickets for DbA and Shea are on sale now.
In related news, Josh Strawn of Azar Swan recently started a new DJ night at Sage (299-301 Graham Ave) in Brooklyn called Material Source. In his words:
The idea was to take something like the Morrissey night at Sway but do it for various other artists I felt deserved such a night. I DJ and invite a musician friend who I know has a specific passion and/or expertise in that artist's catalog to DJ with me each time. For the first one I did Kate Bush with my bandmate Zohra from Azar Swan and it was a lot of fun, good turnout, etc. We don't play exclusively music by that artist, but the stuff that isn't by them is at least tangentially related for the most part.The next four nights are scheduled, including a Scott Walker night on 1/31 with Andrew Hock (Castevet, Psalm Zero), Talk Talk on 2/7 with Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins on 2/28 with Ning Nong (Raspberry Bulbs), and David Sylvian on 3/7 with Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia).
Stream some Azar Swan below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Andrew Hock with Castevet at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Psalm Zero, the Brooklyn experimental metal duo comprised of Andrew Hock (Castevet) and Charlie Looker (Dax Riggs, ex-Zs/Extra Life), just finished prepping their debut album, The Drain, due out on March 4 on Profound Lore. It's an album to look forward to--Psalm Zero's material so far has managed to uniquely blend industrial, metal and a clean/harsh vocal mix to strange and compelling effect. Listen to the album's title track, and watch a video of them performing it at the soon-to-be-closed 285 Kent, below.
Psalm Zero's playing a show on February 9th at the Acheron with Yautja, Geryon (also featuring a member of Castevet) and Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Vaura, Gorguts). Tickets are on sale for what's sure to be an interesting evening--between Psalm Zero, Yautja's grind, Geryon's bass-guitar-only death metal and Kevin Hufnagel's chilled-out experimental wizardry, things are gonna get weird. Flyer below.
Psalm Zero will also be playing down at SXSW. Stay tuned for more details on that.
Meanwhile, Yautja, whose lineup includes members of Coliseum, Gnarwhal, and Nameless Cults, have a few EPs and splits out and they'll release their debut album, Songs of Descent, in February via Forcefield Records. You can stream its single, "Concrete Tongue" (via Lambgoat), along with the tracklist below.
All streams, video and flyer below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
Patti Smith at Castle Clinton in 2011 (more by Tamara Porras)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Patti Smith, Belle Ghoul @ Webster Hall
The Godmother of Punk still lives up to that title, delivering fantastic sets that span her almost-4-decade-long career which includes a number of stone cold classics. As usual, she's celebrating the end of the year in her hometown of NYC with sold out Webster Hall shows tonight and tomorrow.
Prince @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Prince never slows down, having spent most of 2013 playing epic-length shows and releasing a series of digital singles that found him regaining some creative juice (and his classic sound). Tonight's the last of three holiday shows he's got lined up at this casino resort.
John Zorn Improv Night @ The Stone
The Stone's founder and artistic director John Zorn is in the midst of his annual Improv Week at the venue. Tonight's show is probably the most high profile of the week with Thurston Moore and Yeah Yeah Yeah's drummer Brian Chase, plus Mary Halvorson (guitar), James Ilgenfritz (bass), Joe Morris (guitar), Okkyung Lee (cello), Erik Friedlander (cello), Jay Campbell (cello), Pauline Kim (violin), Craig Taborn (piano) and Zorn himself on sax.
The Bouncing Souls, Boy Sets Fire, The Flatliners, Restorations @ The Stone Pony
NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls kick off the return of their four-night 'Home for the Holidays' shows at home state venue The Stone Pony tonight. Like every night, there's three openers, all chosen by The Souls, so expect a well-curated bill of punk each night.
Vaz, Pulverize The Sound, Psalm Zero @ Death by Audio
This is a great bill of the heavy, noisy, and weird with local noise rockers Vaz (mems. Hammerhead), experimental trio Pulverize the Sound (aka Peter Evans, Mike Pride, Tim Dahl), and industrial duo Psalm Zero (mems. Extra Life, Castevet).
Phish @ MSG
Love 'em or hate 'em, Phish's New Year's run at Madison Square Garden is always quite the event for jam fans, and it continues tonight, with one show a night leading up to New Year's Eve.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Doug Moore
Gnaw at Europa in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
Gnaw, the thoroughly unsettling noise troupe fronted by ex-Khanate shrieker Alan Dubin, have announced a smattering of East Coast dates in support of their excellent new album, Horrible Chamber. The four-date run includes two NYC dates: one at Trans Pecos in Queens on 12/5 alongside Psalm Zero (who also have a new album to support) and The Notekillers; and a second appearance at The Acheron on 1/18 with Sonic Suicide Squad, Insect Ark, Xaddas, and Prana Bindu. No tickets available yet, but keep an eye out.
Check out the full run of dates and stream the Gnaw tune we debuted at Invisible Oranges a few weeks back, below...
By Doug Moore
Charlie Looker with Extra Life, 2010 (more by Sarahana)
After playing a number of shows over the course of the past year, Psalm Zero -- the industrial metal collaboration between Charlie Looker of the sadly defunct Extra Life and Andrew Hock of Castevet -- will release their debut 7", Force My Hand, next week. We've debuted the B-side of that 7" over at Invisible Oranges -- it's an oddball acoustic cover of Today is the Day's noise rock classic "Willpower". From our writeup:
Psalm Zero wisely do not play the cover straight. Instead, they detour far from both the original recording and their own sound. For the most part, this band plays shuffling, oddly ethereal industrial metal that suggests more complexity than it employs. (You can hear a sample here.) But their "Willpower" cover isn't metal at all; it's not even amplified. Hock splits vocal duties with Looker on most Psalm Zero songs, but here he limits himself to layered acoustic guitar work. Looker delivers Steve Austin's elliptical lyrics in a measured tenor chant. Fittingly, he double-tracks his voice. Their cover strips all the violence from the TITD original and take liberties with its structure, but the spiritual discomfort at its core endures in full. It's a remarkable effect.Read the full writeup over at IO.
Force My Hand comes out on Last Things Records on November 19. Preorder it here. In related news, Disparish -- which also features Hock on guitar -- will play their first show at the Ævangelist show at Saint Vitus on January 25.
Stream both the Psalm Zero TITD cover and the original version below.
by Wyatt Marshall
NYC's Vaura just announced a record release show for their forthcoming sophomore album The Missing (due out 10/29 via Profound Lore) that will go down on Friday, November 22 at 285 Kent with Brooklyn experimental prog/metal band Kayo Dot and industrial metal duo Psalm Zero. No advance tickets at the moment but check Ticketfly for updates. Vaura recently put out their first single off of The Missing, "Incomplete Burning." It's huge, full of poppy darkwave hooks, and hypnotic--listen to that below.
Vaura bassist Toby Driver is also the founding member of Kayo Dot, who is headlining the 285 Kent show and recently played Bowery Electric with Ahleuchatistas on September 14. We missed that show, but did you go? How was it? Kayo Dot were also supposed to open the 9/6 show at Bell House with Sal Mineo, but that didn't happen. All of their tour dates are listed below.
Psalm Zero, which features members of Castevet and formerly of Extra Life (who played their final show at 285 Kent earlier this year), is releasing its debut 7-inch single "Force My Hand" on November 19, so the Vaura and Kayo Dot gig is a record release show for them, too. You can also catch Psalm Zero at the Acheron on October 30 with
Lussuria and Vain Warr. Catch Lussuria if you can--the one-man gorgeous power electronics/ambient show is something to behold.
UPDATE: Lussuria is not on that Acheron show, but Curran Reynolds' Body Stuff, which blends drone, metal and post-rock in massively weird and awesome ways, is.
Update 2: Vaura just released another song from their album, "Pleasure Blind." Stream that (via Noisey), along with another album track and the list of Kayo Dot dates, below...