Entries tagged with: Pyrrhon
By Ian Chainey
behold...the Mastadong (via @bhinds)
Mastodon's Brent Hinds carved a giant penis out of wood. That part is fine, it's the fact every metal news site lead with the. . . hard hitting story this week. So remember, whenever you get sick of the omnipresent coverage of an over-hyped band: one giant wooden wiener will always trump them all. Metal!
More dick news: Belgium's Brutal Fest was canceled due to bands battling with the promoter. The concert was set to bring together Vader, Aeon, Aborted, and others, but it was KO'd, in the words or both Aeon and Aborted, "Due to the unprofessional and fraudulent acts of the promoter. . . " Brutal Fest's Facebook followed up with, "I can't continue any longer with this event due medical reasons and that's probably the main reason for the cancellation." Probably the main reason? Is the medical reason Mementosis?
Elsewhere: Can't make a Meshuggah show? Worry not, it's coming to the comfort of your own home. The tech-y Swedes are putting out another concert CD/DVD package called The Ophidian Trek out on September 30 and this one is pretty expansive. You can check out the details below. And, because the internet, Meshuggah also received the "Space Jam" mash-up treatment courtesy of Analog Staple. Seems there is an entire subreddit dedicated to pairing songs with the Quad City DJ's, uh, classic.
A few artists/bands have new irons in the fire: Post-metallers Minsk are set to hit the studio soon. They're eying 2015 for their next album. PHILM, one of the current projects of Dave Lombardo, will release their sophomore album Fire From The Evening Sun on UDR Music on September 16. Num Skull, the cult-adored '80s thrasher, are getting Ritually Abused back out on Relapse Records on September 16 (preorder). You can check out a remastered track below. And Dee Snider is putting on Titus Andronicus with puppets. What do you wanna do with your life? I wanna put on Shakespeare plays with puppets! Look what you did, now your mother can't stop crying. Check out Snider's segment on Fox News' 411 below.
Concert madness: Leprous, the Norwegian progsters famous for backing Ihsahn, will be playing nerd-metal-haven ProgPower on September 12 in Atlanta, Georgia. Then, they'll stay in the states for a bit. They'll check into NYC's Webster Hall on September 20 with the Binary Code (tickets). Their full list of dates appears below. Pyrrhon have a tour coming up and they'll also be playing a show at NYC's Saint Vitus on August 18 with Revocation, Artificial Brain, and Psalm Zero. Tickets are available now. And in the rarely used "Metallica does cool thing" bucket, there's a neat documentary available on YouTube detailing Metallica playing a Netherlands date in 1984. You can watch it below.
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
For the full-album previews: Appalachian black metallers Panopticon are streaming Roads to North at NPR. That record is also out today. Thrashers Algebra crunched the numbers on Feed the Ego and have released the solution. Their album is out on September 2 through the perfectly named Unspeakable Axe (preorder). The seriously pissed Columns have put up all of Please Explode (August 5, Relapse Records - preorder). Lastly, tradsters Saturn are showing off all of Ascending (Live In Space) (August 5, Rise Above Records - preorder). Check out Algebra, Columns, and Saturn streams below.
For single tracks and teasers, the noisy Rabbits dropped another track from Untoward (August 12, Lamb Unlimited - preorder). Death metallers Lago loosed "Concede To Oblivion" from Tyranny (September 16, Battleground Records). Ragers Old Wounds put up "Dead Beat Blues" off of Death Projection (September 16, Good Fight Music - preorder). Bay Area doomers Cardinal Wyrm laid down the nasty "Born In A Barren Land" from Black Hole Gods (August 5). And mind-effers Big Black Cloud decided two premieres were the way to go in supporting Lessons In Fuck You 2 (August 5, Eolian Empire - preorder). All tracks can be heard below.
Finally, to close things down, Electric Wizard now have a video for "I Am Nothing." Surprise: DRUGS! Time To Die is out on September 30 via Spinefarm Records (preorder). Activate that sixth circuit below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/1): The Acheron has classic dooooooooom with Blackfinger, Beelzefuzz, and Kings Destroy (tickets). Kings Destroy are also playing the upcoming Invisible Oranges-presented Black Cobra/Lo-Pan show.
SUNNNNNNNDAY (8/3): One of the premier tickets of the summer hits the Bowery Ballroom. Boris, the Atlas Moth, and SubRosa will deafen all comers (tickets). The next day, Boris play a drone set at Saint Vitus.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We were juggling tons of features this week. As we always do, we tracked the week's new stuff in Upcoming Metal Releases. We went all music television with two video premieres: Music Blues and Below. Ah, now I'm sad. We premiered two albums: the Dogma/Corrupt Leaders split and a Sarcofago repress. We hit the reviews hard with Coral Cross and Fallujah. Dave Hall put his Canadian citizenship in doubt with a rant against the Polaris Prize. And we interviewed Aðalbjörn Tryggvason of Sólstafir.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below...
Tombs @ Saint Vitus - 7/25/14
Local sludge rippers Tombs celebrated the release of their new LP, Savage Gold, at Saint Vitus on Friday night (7/25), and we've got pictures and videos of the show in this post. They were joined by death/math freakout Relapse labelmates Pyrrhon, as well as Batillus-related industrialist StatiqBloom and sludge heavies Passage Between. It was an absolutely loaded bill. Anyone try Tombs' new Savage Gold beer that Vitus had flowing at the bar for the night?
Below, check out more pictures from the Friday show as well as those videos, including the entirety of the Tombs set.
by Wyatt Marshall
Artificial Brain at Saint Vitus in January (more by Caroline Harrison)
Oodles of noodles are headed your way as three of tech death's most interesting young bands are hitting the road together. The tour, a model of modesty called the "Interstellar Intellect" tour, pairs Gigan, Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain and stops in NYC at Saint Vitus on 9/19. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
The three aren't strangers to NYC. Pyrrhon is based in Brooklyn, Artificial Brain on Long Island, and Gigan was last in town last October when they played a show with Pyrrhon. Invisible Oranges presented the Artificial Brain record release show back in May--be sure to catch them. The singer, who sports wrap-around rec-spec-style goggles and an (albeit small) chain and intersperses sci-fi babble in between songs (that's him up top), is fascinating to watch.
As mentioned, Pyrrhon are also playing Saint Vitus tonight (7/25) with Tombs, who are celebrating the release of their fantastic new album Savage Gold. Additional support is from Passage Between and the industrial/EBM project StatiqBloom, which is comprised of Fade Kainer of Batillus and Søren. Tickets here. Both Pyrrhon and Artificial Brain also play Long Island's Obnoxious Noise Fest in August.
All tour dates are listed below...
by Ian Chainey
Mother Brain at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Drew Gurian)
France's Department of Correction achieved two grindcore rites of passage this year, releasing a split with mincers Agathocles and wiggling themselves onto a six-way split (Monsters! from Kaotoxin). Busy? You bet, but they're not done. In August, the Persian quartet will tour the US with Jersey's blasting duo Budd Dwyer. The two will trek across the entire country, including stops in Baltimore, Austin, and Los Angeles. On August 8, they'll shake the floor at NYC's Saint Vitus along with stunning sludgesters Sea of Bones and the core craziness of Mother Brain. Tickets are $10 at the door and in advance.
Mother Brain, who released unrelentingly ripping Rise and Grind 7" back in March, will also be joining Department of Correction and Budd Dwyer at Obnoxious Noise Fest 2014 on August 9. The fest will take place on Long Island at Even Flow Bar and Grill in Bay Shore, New York and features a stacked bill including Malignancy, Artificial Brain, Pyrrhon, and more. Mutilation Rites were on the bill, but "had to drop off [due] to unfortunate circumstances. A replacement band will be announced shortly." Tickets are $20 at the door.
In related news, Pyrrhon will also be playing the Tombs record release show at Saint Vitus on July 25. Tombs also just released a beer. Mutilation Rites released their album Harbinger this week, which you can find discussed with other new releases in Invisible Oranges' Upcoming Metal Releases. And Sea of Bones are currently out on the road. The aforementioned August 8 date is their final stop.
All of the dates along with flyers, streams from Department of Correction, Mother Brain, Budd Dwyer, and Sea of Bones appear below.
by Ian Chainey
Tombs at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Post-metallers Tombs recently released Savage Gold on Relapse and the Brooklyn-based band is heading home to celebrate. Tombs will be joined by the death metal mind-expanders Pyrrhon, the industrial/EBM of StatiqBloom, and the sludgy/noise rockers Passage Between at Saint Vitus on July 25 for a record release show. Tickets are available now.
All the involved bands have been busy. In addition to Savage Gold, Tombs are currently wrapping up their West Coast tour with Pelican. Pyrrhon just played a Northside gig and will be hitting Obnoxious Noise Fest in August with Malignancy, Mutilation Rites, Artificial Brain, and more. StatiqBloom -- who recently supported Vulgar Fashion -- play a Rituals presented showcase with VoidVision and Phemale Friday (6/20) at Coco 66 in Greenpoint. Tickets are $10 at the door. And Maryland's Passage Between are currently working on their debut full-length.
Stream Savage Gold, along with tracks from the other bands below...
by Ian Chainey
Mastodon at Terminal 5, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Big membership shake-ups for old-guy thrashers: Exodus said farewell to singer Rob Dukes and welcomed Steve "Zetro" Souza back into the fold. This is Zetro's third stint with the Bay Area band. Before the reintroduction, he was biding his time in Hatriot, which is a music group and not what happens during a rowdy Lids sale. Stream a Zetro-era Exodus classic below. Elsewhere, ex-Slayer Dave Lombardo is suddenly in Amen. The Los Angeles punk outfit just turned 20 and is back in the studio with Ross Robinson.
Ultra-heavy doomers Yob have released more details regarding their forthcoming Neurot release. Clearing The Path To Ascend (also what my bud calls his weed ritual) now has pretty neat cover art and a track listing. In addition, the mad triffid Botanist will hammer away at VI: Flora on August 11 via The Flenser. What's the drunkest instrument? A hammered dulcimer, of course. Stop booing. Art and tracks are down below.
A few groups are hitting the road. Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, and Black Anvil will be setting out on a nationwide roadtrip in September. Plus, you can finally break the seal on your 2015 planner. The melodeath -- and spellcheck infuriating -- Dark Tranquillity and Insomnium are heading to the US in January. They'll play NYC's Gramercy Theatre on January 4. Tickets are will be on sale soon. All of the dates appear below.
Can't make it to a fest this weekend? You can live vicariously through some YouTube sets. (And have easier access to a bathroom, that can't be understated.) Opeth's full performance from Rock am Ring in Germany is up. And snippets of Emperor at Sweden Rock Festival have made their way online, too. It's the black metallers first live gig since 2007 and they closed it out in style by killing a Bathory cover. Both are available below.
Finally, progsters Between the Buried and Me explained why you won't hear old songs on tour:
Unfortunately, when we add some of the more obscure older songs to our set, they either detract from the flow of the show, or just generally go over like a wet fart at a funeral. So to sum it up and get crazy specific, you will still likely hear Mordecai or Selkies on occasion. Maybe even a couple others. But if you want us to play Naked By the Computer or Destructo Spin, you may have to wait until our reunion tour.So. . .no "Freebird"?
Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.
A few new flicks are out for your viewing pleasure. The post-punk Beastmilk have gone the creep-o propaganda route with their visual accompaniment to "The Wind Blows Through Their Skulls." (Also how Shakespeare described burping.) And Eyehategod have cut a clip for "Medicine Noose." Reminder, you can catch Eyehategod on the absurdly loaded July 15 show at the Acheron that includes Iron Reagan, Vektor, and Strong Intentions (tickets). All eye candy is below.
As for the streams, blackened sludge slingers Goatwhore check in again with "Schadenfreude" from Constricting Rage Of The Merciless (July 8, Metal Blade - preorder). Origin have put up a lyric video for "Absurdity Of What I Am" (hint: it's tech widdles) from Omnipresent (July 8, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Both bands will be on the Summer Slaughter tour.
Mutilation Rites thrash the hell out of "Contaminate" from Harbinger (July 22, Prosthetic Records - preorder). Mutilation Rites will also be playing Obnoxious Noise Fest 2014 on August 9 at Even Flow Bar & Grill in Bay Shore with Malignancy, Pyrrhon (Doug, come home), Artificial Brain, and more. Tickets are $20 at the door. The full lineup for that one is down below.
More: Icelandic cowboys Solstafir have posted the title track from Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). Nasty cult death metallers Nunslaughter hammered out "Three Nails, One Liar," pulled off of the double disc Angelic Dread (June 24, Hells Headbangers - preorder). Blackened doom pack Wolvhammer dropped "The Desanctification" from Clawing Into Black Sun (July 8, Profound Lore). The blackened Bastard Sapling, featuring members of Windhand, are streaming "Lantern At the End of Time" on NPR. Instinct is Forever, their dual disc full-length, will be out August 26 via Forcefield Records. Check out all the brand new things below.
For full albums, genre chameleons Boris are offering the entirety of Noise on NPR (June 17, Sargent House - preorder). Boris will be touring with Atlas Moth and SubRosa soon. Stoners Wo Fat want you to take a toke of The Conjuring (June 17, Small Stone Recordings - preorder). And the powerviolence kick-puncher Boddicker -- who just started their tour with Nuclear Hellfrost -- have stuck all of Crime Upheaval up on Bandcamp. Scope Wo Fat and Boddicker below.
Lastly, for little guys and oddities, we got a new Black Sabbath funk take from Brown Sabbath and Ending Quest took a streamroller to OSDM. Both are below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (6/13): The crushing Trenchgrinder, Death of Kings, Vermefug, and Drones for Queens will shake the Acheron (tickets).
TOMORROW (6/14): Looking for an eclectic collection? How about drone, noise, folk, and death metal? Marissa Nadler, PHARMAKON, Youth Code, Pyrrhon (Another Doug sighting, take a shot), and Couch Slut play Saint Vitus as part of Pitchfork's Northside Festival showcase (tickets). Wanna go noisier? Erroraeon, xiphoid dementia, Bereft, and Penchant are over at the Acheron (tickets).
SUNDAY (6/15): Take your pops to a black metal show for Father's Day. Watain, Kosmodemonic, and T.O.M.B. are at Brooklyn Bazaar (tickets). If you're more into punk, there's Violent Bullshit at the Grand Victory. Tickets are $8 at the door, doors are at 2 PM. Finally, there's the sold out Chain Of Strength, Turnstile, MINDSET, Praise, and Caught In A Crowd over at the Acheron. Hey, click faster next time.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: It was an incredibly stacked week for new releases and Upcoming Metal Releases gave you the lowdown on which ones to buy. We also streamed new stuff from Chicago's doomy Novembers Doom and Norway's Brutal Blues, who are, uh, grind. We also premiered the front-runner for band name of the year with Denmark's Piss Vortex. (Yeah, we streamed Piss Vortex. Laugh it up, get it out of your system.) Great chats were had with Watain's Erik Danielsson and Greyhaze Record's J. Neto, the latter of which gave us a lesson on Brazilian metal just in time for the World Cup. Speaking of, Wyatt also dropped Stream in the Northern Sky #4 with an all U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A collection of patriotic blarghers. And, finally, we posted the final part of Avinash Mittur's crazy-deep look at the Bay Area metal scene.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
And try to avoid Camp Crystal Lake today, okay?
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Eagulls @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
As you may well be aware, the The Northside Festival starts this week in Brooklyn, the music portion of which runs from Thursday - Sunday (June 12 - 15). Almost every venue in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint are participating, making for a busier-than-usual weekend of showgoing. There are a bunch of high-profile shows happening -- Thee Oh Sees, The War on Drugs, CHVRCHES, Beirut, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten to name a few -- as well as, of course, the BV's official Northside Showcase which happens Friday (6/13) at Baby's All Right with Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), plus Little Big League, and Motion Studies. But we've got some other recommendations, so below are 10 relatively smaller Northside shows we think are worth checking out.
Northside Music Badges have sold out -- you can still premium badges -- but tickets are still available to most shows. And if you have a badge, know that entrance is based on capacity so if you really really want to get into a show (like Courtney Barnett which is sold out), go early or buy a ticket if available.
You can keep up to date on Northside Fest happenings via their free IOS app which offers showtimes, maps and such.
Hope to see you at our show on Friday, and around the neighbor this week. Here are our Northside picks:
Hop Along at House of Vans in 2013 (more by Maclyn Bean)
The first on June 13 features Syracuse noise punks Perfect Pussy, Philly indie rockers Hop Along, Cleveland post-punks Pleasure Leftists, and NYC twee singer/songwriter Frankie Cosmos.
Then on June 14, it's headlined by dream folk singer Marissa Nadler, and otherwise features a heavier lineup -- though Marissa is known for her ties to the metal world -- of noise artist Pharmakon, industrial duo Youth Code, tech-death metallers Pyrrhon and sludgy local band Couch Slut.
Hop Along also play NYC about a month later on their tour with Owls.
Marissa Nadler also plays a free Summerstage show.
Pyrrhon also open the Castevet show at Saint Vitus.
Flyers and a few videos below...
Against Me! in Chicago in April (more by Jeff Ryan)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Against Me!, Tony Molina, Big Eyes @ Webster Hall
Against Me! are back this year with a new album, a new lineup, and a reinvigorated sound that's only better live than it is on the solid Transgender Dysphoria Blues. They played MHOW earlier this year and tonight they return to NYC for a show at the larger Webster Hall. Support is great too, coming from the indie pop punks Big Eyes and Weezer/Teenage Fanclub/Thin Lizzy worshipper Tony Molina.
Pictureplane, LODRO, Ought, Truthers, Bodyparts @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
rooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. This is a super-solid bill, with the big curiosity draw being Ought, who just got "Best New Music" in Pitchfork.
Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor @ BAM
David Byrne, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Dev of Blood Orange, Money Mark, Sinkane, Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem) and more pay tribute to Nigerian synth-funk great William Onyeabor over two nights, this being the second. Part of the Red Bull Music Academy, this has potential to be very, very cool.
MONDO! @ Cameo Gallery
New York City's longest-running indie pop party, MONDO turns 10 years old tonight. It remains your best place to dance to twee, '80s classics, Northern Soul, post-punk, cardigan pop, etc. Things are likely to be especially festive tonight. Fun starts at midnight.
Herzog, Shale Satan @ Cobra Club
Cleveland indie rockers Herzog are back with a genuinely terrific new album, Boys, that recalls the heyday of '90s college radio. This is good stuff.
Greg Proops @ The Bell House
This is a live taping of the comedian's Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World podcast. Expect arched eyebrows and much laughter.
The Juan Maclean (DJ), Nancy Whang @ Brooklyn Bowl
Juan and frequent collaborator Nancy Whang will spin house, disco and whatever else suits there fancy. They've got pretty good taste.
Sonic Avenues, Steve Adamyk Band, Something Fierce, Legendary Wings @ Cake Shop
Indie label Dirtnap Records is a general trademark of quality when it comes to things garage/punk/powerpop and tonight they're showcasing a bunch of their bands, including Canadians Sonic Avenues, and the Steve Adamyk Band.
LiveFastDie, Pampers, Foster Care, Citizen Blast Kane @ Union Pool
New Hampshire's LiveFastDie are named after a GG Allin tattoo and play a similar style of punk -- albeit tighter and with less feces. They headline what is a great night, with excellent locals Foster Care and Pampers on the bill as well.
Deerhoof, Tomaga, Awkwafina @ Le Poisson Rouge
Deerhoof's experimental noise pop always makes for a good show, and tonight they'll grace us with another one at Le Poisson Rouge.
Rodrigo y Gabriela, Zach Heckendorf @ Beacon Theatre
Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have a new album, 9 Dead Alive, and are currently on tour in support of it. Tonight's the last of three nights at Beacon Theatre.
Margot & The Nuclear So & So's, Empires, Kate Myers @ Bowery Ballroom
Margot & The Nuclear So & So's are back with a new album, Sling Shot to Heaven, this year which has their folky indie pop intact as ever.
CHVRCHES, The Range @ Terminal 5
Who'd have thought a year ago that Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES would get so big? Tonight's their second of three sold-out shows at Terminal 5.
Mighty Mouse, Lane 8, Alex English DJ set @ Slake
London's Mighty Mouse recently made his debut as 1/2 of Du Tonc with Van She's Matt Van Schie, but he's also a solo artist and plays on his own in NYC tonight.
Luke Temple, She Keeps Bees, Friend Roulette, Stranger Cat, DM Stith, Teletextile, Edan @ Baby's All Right
It's a very varied and interesting bill at Baby's tonight with Here We Go Magic singer Luke Temple, some Sharon Van Etten pals like She Keeps Bees and Cat Martino's electronic-tinged Stranger Cat project, DM Stith who (like Cat Martino) has played in Sufjan's band, Friend Roulette who have probably listened to a lot of Sufjan Stevens, psychedelic rapper Edan, and the avant-pop of Teletextile.
Jean Grae, JD Samson, Magnetic North & Taiyo Na @ Brooklyn Museum
It's another installment of Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturdays which provide "engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment programs every month, from 5 to 11 p.m." Today's includes Le Tigre/MEN member JD Samson at 7 PM and Talib Kweli collaborator Jean Grae at 8:45.
Hysterics, Ajax, God Mode, Pagan Piss, Sorrows @ Death by Audio
Olympia punks Hysterics are in town for their second of two NYC shows this weekend at DbA tonight. Their sound recalls classic hardcore (think early Black Flag) but sounds totally in the now.
Skull Defekts, PC Worship, Ornament, Zomes (DJs) @ Trans-Pecos
Though Swedish experimental rockers The Skull Defekts often count Lungish's Dnaiel Higgs as a member, they had been touring without him this time. However, for their NYC shows today and tomorrow, Daniel will be on board, making these extra special. Today's show is outside of Trans Pecos and is also a BBQ.
Giraffage, Branchez, Tanner Caldwell @ Tribeca Grand Studios
Come dance to the R&B-indebted electronic sounds of Giraffage at Tribeca Grand Studios tonight.
The Communion, Lament, Starkweather, Pyrrhon @ The Grand Victory
Get your fix of local-ish metal from Long Island's The Communion, Philly metalcore troupe Starweather, and Brooklyn tech-death weirdos Pyrrhon.
Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger @ Rough Trade NYC
Sean Lennon has made experimental, forward-thinking music in his career, but with GOASTT, he fully indulges in the family business of pop that is, for lack of a better word, Beatlesque. This show is free with purchase of their new album.
Berlin, The Cringe @ The Cutting Room
Beginning their career as kinky synthpop, Berlin morphed into superstars by the time of their megahit "Take My Breath Away." Only singer Teri Nunn remains of the original '80s lineup. Opening are The Cringe, aka "that band Rachel Ray's husband is in."
The Jesse Boykins III show at Irving Plaza tonight has been cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Doug Moore
Mick Barr w/ Krallice at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Editor's note: For the past 7 months, since losing long-time BrooklynVegan metal editor Fred Pessaro, we were lucky to have Doug Moore aboard to help fill in our metal coverage, to edit and write for Invisible Oranges and to handle these weekly Heavy Lowdowns. Unfortunately, today is Doug's last with us. He's leaving to focus on his non-music-writing endeavors, including--as we've had to disclaim many times--his role as frontman in the Relapse-signed band Pyrrhon. We wish him well! We also wish Doug had made it into the forthcoming "Metal Cats" book. For some reason, he was left out, so we pay tribute to Doug today with our own version. Please enjoy Doug's final Heavy Lowdown along with some Metal Doug With Cats!
It's that time again. Let's get heavy.
Young Widows have debuted a digital-only bonus song from the Easy Pain sessions and added some West Coast dates to their tour. Stream the tune and check out the dates below.
Cannabis Corpse have debuted a song from their upcoming fourth (!!!) album, From Wisdom to Baked. Shockingly, its title is a weed-themed play on a death metal classic ("THC Crystal Mountain"). Stream that below as well.
Playing Enemy's noisecore classic I Was Your City has been reissued on vinyl by Corpseflower Records. If you haven't heard it, you can -- and should! -- check it out below.
Excruciating Terror have canceled their non-MDF appearances this spring, including their 5/22 NYC show with Birdflesh.
And here are your weekend live heaviness options:
TONIGHT (4/25): A forward-thinking lineup featuring Zevious, Bangladeafy, El Drugstore, & Noxious Foxes hits The Gutter. No presale, but $7 at the door.
TOMORROW (4/26): The Chaos Bodies series continues at Trans Pecos with an imposing lineup that features Ocrilim (Mick Barr), Child Abuse, Couch Slut, & Nebadon ($10 at door). Corrosion of Conformity's tour hits Saint Vitus, with local support from Kings Destroy, Roadsaw, & Ruby the Hatchet (tix).
SUNDAY (4/27): Full of Hell return to NYC for the third time in as many months, this time with Column of Heaven & Nyodene D in tow, for a Silent Barn show. Local support will come from The Communion & Skullshitter. $10 at the door.
Over in the IO corner:
We went deep with Jason Netherton of Misery Index / Dying Fetus fame. We unraveled the mysteries of Japanese avant-metal collaboration houds Vampillia. We talked to a pair of German music researchers about the physiology of screaming. We waxed philosophical about Behemoth & the Metal Alliance Tour. We jammed new music by Forest of Tygers and Weedeater, who apparently really enjoy doughnuts. We ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever. And we gave away tickets to this year's Paganfest tour on our East Village Radio show, courtesy of Irving Plaza. Be sure to tune in next week at 10pm for more giveaways, interviews, and shredding tunes.
That does it for me. Blast some ugliness below (more Doug With Cats included! - editor).
by Wyatt Marshall
Castevet at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NYC's post black metal wizards Castevet will be playing a few shows before their scheduled appearance at Maryland Death Fest, hitting Montreal, Toronto and NYC before the big deal in Baltimore, where they play the loaded Edison Stage with At the Gates, Taake, and Agalloch, to name a few.
Castevet, which features Psalm Zero's Andrew Hock, will be accompanied by the like-minded Thantifaxath for all dates, and will throw death metal weirdos Pyrrhon (whose Doug Moore is a BV contributor, and who are streaming their new album) and Artificial Brain into the mix for a 5/19 show at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale. Try to catch the Wednesday May 14 Toronto stop of the tour if you're in the area--it's a goodie, with headlining performances by Ulcerate and Inter Arma.
All Castevet and Thantifaxath dates are listed below...
by Kelly Kettering
Released just yesterday (3/18) on the always dark Flenser Records, Totem by Brooklyn's White Suns is a crazy cacophony of relentless electronics. Comprised of members Kevin Barry, Dana Matthiessen and Rick Visser, the trio was joined in the studio by recording engineer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus) to construct Totem's urgent, industrial sound.
The new video for "Prostrate" (directed by Amnon Friedlin & Diana Joy) parallels the music's erratic attitude as it features a homeless person, gestating trash can eggs and a hooker with some mad shades and a wind machine. It makes its premiere in this post, and you can check it out below. Head here to order your copy of Totem.
New Yorkers will also be able to catch the band's album release show this Friday (3/21) at REVERSE (28 Frost St) in Williamsburg with Saturn and Oakland's Silent Girlfriend. And, White Suns will be one of the opening acts at our Invisible Oranges-sponsored album release show for black metal act Epistasis on April 6, as they share the Acheron's stage with Kayo Dot and Pyrrhon. Tickets for that show are still available.
New video and LP artwork 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 Doug Moore
Nothing at BV CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Their two-ish week North American tour begins with a record release party for Nothing's Relapse Records debut at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie on March 2 and loops down to Texas, where the two bands will part ways. Nothing will hit SXSW for several days, including an appearance at Relapse's official showcase at Dirty Dog Bar on 3/12, which will also feature Windhand, Christian Mistress, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon (my band), and at Dallas's Spillover Music Fest on 3/16, where they'll briefly reunite with Weekend. Nothing's tour will then bring them back to the East Coast, where it will terminate with a NYC show at Saint Vitus Bar on 3/20. Tickets and supporting acts are TBA, but keep an eye out.
Check out some live footage of Nothing at our CMJ party and both bands' full sets of dates 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 Wyatt Marshall
Pyrrhon at the 2013 Invisible Oranges CMJ showcase (more by Caroline Harrison)
This weekend in NYC there are no shortage of heavy happenings: tonight (1/24) at Saint Vitus will be power electronic-fueled, with noise pro Prurient headlining a bill with Azar Swan and husband and wife duo Clay Rendering. (Prurient's not-so-noisy Washed Against the Rocks came out this week, and you can stream a track on Pitchfork.) Things will be a bit more traditional at the Invisible Oranges co-presented Aevangelist, Artificial Brain, Oak and Disparish show at Saint Vitus on Saturday (1/25). That will be a good one -- Artificial Brain just released a single from a forthcoming LP, and it will be the first show for Disparish, which features Andrew Hock of Castevet. On Sunday (1/26) at Grand Victory, get tech-death weird with Pyrrhon and Couch Slut (great name). That should cover your weekend.
Beyond this weekend, there's a bunch to look forward to, too. Floor are playing a FREE show at Saint Vitus Bar on 1/29 courtesy of Converse Rubber Tracks--that'll be before Floor releases a new album, Obliation, in April. Listen to a new song from a Decibel Flexi. Black/death specialists Immortal Bird also announced a tour that hits NYC on 3/5 with Mortals, as did The Dillinger Escape Plan, who are bringing Trash Talk, Retox and Norwegian weirdos Shining with them -- check out the tour dates, which includes a stop at Webster Hall on April 3 (tickets). Also on April 3 is the NYC stop on Kataklysm and Aborted's tour which happens at Saint Vitus (tickets). All dates of that tour are listed below.
And, since we missed it in last week's Heavy Lowdown, make sure to get your tickets to the third annual Martyrdoom Fest that's going down June 27 through July 1 at Saint Vitus with a stupidly stacked lineup that includes Mournful Congregation, Cult of Fire, Sargeist, Behexen, Forteresse, Lycus and many more. For more heavy show options, check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
This week on Invisible Oranges we interviewed axe legend Kirk Hammett of Metallica, ran down this week's metal releases, streamed cold black metal tracks from Nasheim, Vilcakis and Sanctuaire, and debuted an Exmortus track.
The Invisible Oranges show on East Village Radio was cancelled this week due to the second round of the Polar Vortex (not very black metal we know), but we'll be back next week giving away tickets and delivering hot doses of metal. Some of those tickets we'll be giving away will be to the ongoing Amon Amarth, Enslaved and Skeletonwitch tour which is our radio show sponsor. That tour hits Irving Plaza in NYC on 2/4.
Those Kataklysm and Aborted dates are listed below. What did we miss?
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.
photos by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore
Pelican / Aksumite at IO CMJ @ Saint Vitus, 10/17/2013
Invisible Oranges threw two sold-out CMJ bashes last week -- the first (10/17) featured HASJ, Aksumite, Primitive Man, Ringworm, and Pelican on Thursday (10/17), while the second spotlit Pyrrhon, Phantom Glue, Wreck & Reference, Kings Destroy, Sannhet, and Pelican (again) on Friday (10/18, right after the BV day party). We also had an late-night afterparty show on Friday featuring Flown, Aksumite, Phantom Glue, and Ramming Speed.
We've got a huge collection of pictures and video of all three shows over at Invisible Oranges. You can scope out some of the pics and vids in this post from both our official showcase and head to IO for the full collection.
More pics, and video, below...
by Doug Moore
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
The new Doomriders album, Grand Blood, came out yesterday. As you may recall, they're also playing a string of support dates for the extremely awesome-looking High On Fire/Kvelertak tour going down in November, including the November 15 NYC date at Webster Hall (tix available here).
To celebrate, we've got a lengthy interview with Newton over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt:
Is there a particular Doomriders song that you use for a particular purpose?Read the whole thing over at IO. You can purchase Grand Blood here; we've got a song streaming and the full run of High on Fire dates below.
There's a number of different ones. There's one song in particular called "The Chase" that Jeb, our bass player, sings on. It's really mid-tempo, a head bobber, but it's good to throw in the middle of a set because when I'm usually screaming my head off, it gives me a bit of a rest. "Jealous God" is a good song to let everybody tune but build some tension, because it opens with me just hitting that one note for a while, so we can kind of raise the intensity using feedback, different effects and things. It's like when you sequence an album. You want it to take you on a journey.
The new one's sequenced really well―the last four songs, from "Back Taxes" into "Gone to Hell," just blitz to the end.
The last record was a lot more expansive―I think we put too much material on the last record. With this one, I wanted you to put it on and listen from beginning to end. You have a record like that, that is paced so well that when it ends you want to start it all over? That was the goal. Think of the album like a Pixies song. You need to have the loud and the quiet, the fast and the slow. We're all just really excited to play all the new songs. If it was up to me, we'd just go out and only play the new songs.
Speaking of celebrating, we've also posted a preview of our Friday night (10/18) CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus. As with our Thursday event at Vitus, Pelican will be headlining, but with a different support lineup: Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck & Reference, Phantom Glue, and Pyrrhon. And don't forget about our late-night free show/boozefest at the Omega Order warehouse on Friday with Aksumite, Phantom Glue, Flown, and a special guest headliner.
Doomriders dates are listed, along with a song from Grand Blood, below.
by Doug Moore
Portland grind unit Transient have finally capped a five-year run of EPs and splits with a killer self-titled full length (cover art above), which you can stream in full over at Blow the Scene. If you're not familiar with Transient, you might know frontwoman Krysta Martinez's other band Landmine Marathon, in which Martinez replaced original vocalist Grace Perry. You can buy the LP from Six Weeks Records. Transient are about to kick off a month-long North American tour in support of the album, including stops at Southwest Terror Fest and the Six Weeks Records 20th Anniversary Party. Check out the full run of dates below and stream a tune below.
Meanwhile, truly bizarre Chicagoan death metal spastics Gigan will release their third album, Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery and Super Science (!!!), via Willowtip Records on 10/15. The album is perhaps the weirdest death metal record in a year that's produced a lot of weird death metal; we've covered them a bunch over at Invisible Oranges, including a song debut. Gigan are also touring in support of their album, albeit for a shorter period; they're playing about a week's worth of Midwestern and East Coast dates. Check out those dates and stream a song below.
The two tours collide in Brooklyn on October 23 at Saint Vitus. Strong local support is slated too: Buckshot Facelift, Spirit of St. Louis, and recent Relapse signees Pyrrhon. Tickets are available here. That week will be a crazy one for metal shows, especially of the wacky and/or brutal variety: Spanish space-blasters Wormed hit the Paper Box in Brooklyn on the 10/24, Castevet will play their Invisible Oranges-sponsored record release show on 10/25, and the likewise IO-sponsored Kylesa tour will arrive at Vitus on the same night. (Tickets here.) Bring your earplugs.
All the dates from both tours are listed, along with song streams and the Transient tour poster, below.
by Doug Moore
You already knew that Pelican would headline both nights of Invisible Oranges' two-night 2013 CMJ showcase. And now I'm pleased to announce the rest of line-up. The shows will take place on October 17 & 18 at Saint Vitus:
10/17Buy tickets for the show on 10/17 here, and for 10/18 here.
Wreck & Reference
In related news, Pelican debuted a new song from their upcoming LP, Forever Becoming, over at Noisey today. Stream it below.
photos by Caroline Harrison
Inter Arma at Union Pool, 6/15/2013
Unlike Heavy Blanket the week before, the free Invisible Oranges presented Summer Thunder show on Saturday (6/15) did NOT get any noise complaints and went on as planned. This could be because the bands played indoors, but still featured raucous sets from Inter Arma (who played with Torche at 285 Kent), Anicon (who are hitting the road) and Pyrrhon (currently in the lab, working on a new LP). Regardless, the perfect weather, cheap beverages and great bands made for an excellent day at Union Pool. Many thanks to the bands, venue and all who attended! Pictures from the show are in this post and even more are up at at Invisible Oranges.
More pics below
Vektor at Saint Vitus last night (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Technical thrash crew Vektor kicked off a round of dates with an appearance at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn last night (Feb 14). The band was joined by 15-string brutality from Behold... The Arctopus, the lackluster Vaporizer, and discordant death-metal headscratchers Pyrrhon. Though there were many thrash fans at Best Buy to catch Testament/Overkill across town and still others sharing Valentine's Day with their loved one, Saint Vitus had an impressive number of fans for a Thursday night (insert tired glory hole joke here).
Check out more pictures and some video from the anti-Valentine's Day at Invisible Oranges.
Curran with Today is The Day, May 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Curran Reynolds always tends to be up to a lot, sitting behind the kit in Today Is The Day and Wetnurse included. After January though, he will be up to a little less as his Precious Metal series at East Village club Lit Lounge is sadly, as previously mentioned, coming to an end. There are just three more installments, including one on January 7 with Ghostlimb and The Year Is One with BV's own Fred Pessaro (BBG) DJing. The flyer for that show is below. After the 1/7 date there's one on 1/14 with Jar'd Loose, Gentlemen, End it and DJ Mike SOS; and the finale on 1/21 with Hivesmasher, Fashion Week, Flaming Tusk, SOS and DJ Zeena Koda, which is a benefit for South Sound.
We spoke to Curran to find out what he's been listening to all year in between everything else. His Top 10 Albums of 2012 list includes some of the big heavy records of the year like Converge, Napalm Death, and Swans, but it also has some indie pop like School of Seven Bells and Violens (who Curran has been digging since his friend Jorge formed the band around 2008). The whole list is pretty eclectic and you can check it out below.
Today Is The Day will kick off a tour in 2013 with a killer support lineup of Black Tusk, KEN Mode, and FIght Amp. That tour hits NYC on March 6 at Saint VItus (tickets) and March 8 at The Studio at Webster Hall with a "special guest" TBA (tickets).
Precious Metal show flyer and Curran Reynold's year-end list below...
photos by Caroline Harrison
Photographer Caroline Harrison has weighed in on her favorite photos that he took in 2012, dropping off the following chronological list. Harrison joins BV photographers Dominick Mastrangelo, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako, Jessica Amaya and Fred Pessaro // BBG who have all dropped off their favorite shots of 2012. Check out her list below.