Entries tagged with: Relapse Records
The Danish "one-woman black metal project" Myrkur is streaming the song "Nattens Barn" off of a forthcoming self-titled debut EP (due September 16 via Relapse), and it's really, really good. The album, which we got an advanced listen of, gets even better--a killer collection of expertly crafted second-wave style atmospheric black metal songs with gorgeous vocals, one of the best atmospheric black metal albums of the year so far.
It's a little surprising as Myrkur appeared essentially out of nowhere--the track premiered on Pitchfork yesterday, along with the news that Relapse is releasing her album. Otherwise the project had essentially no internet presence whatsoever. Like a number of one-person black metal acts, this one is anonymous, with no identifying information about the project's creator. Some of this has gotten people talking and led to some wondering about the band's origins. We did some digging ourselves, and we think we know who the mystery woman is. Two clues: 1) This is not the first time her music has been featured on BrooklynVegan, 2) She is pictured in the screenshots you see in this post, which were pulled from a Myrkur promo video we found.
Take a look at more pictures below and see if you can guess who it is, You can also just enjoy the music by streaming "Nattens Barn," also below...
by Ian Chainey
Tyranny of Failure cover art
Richmond, Virgina supergroup crossover stars Iron Reagan have released a new cut from their forthcoming album Tyranny of Failure. The song is called "Miserable Failure" and it thrashes and dashes for two quick minutes. Check out the track below. Tyranny of Failure will be out on Relapse on September 16 (preorder). "Miserable Failure"'s drop happens to coincide with Iron Reagan's tour kick off in Washington, D.C., with Eyehategod, Vektor, and Strong Intention. That stacked bill hits NYC at the Acheron on July 15 (tickets).
In other Relapse news, records from Brooklyn's Mortals and the grindy hardcore project of wrestler UltraMantis Black hit the streets this week. As expected, Mortals' Cursed to See the Future was a massive monument to crust, heavy metal, and Hellhammer. They'll be playing the Acheron on July 18 for their record release show. The related Belus will also be playing the Acheron on August 9 along with the Welcome to Deathfest screening. UltraMantis Black, on the other hand -- along with members of Pissed Jeans -- revived mid '90s metallic hardcore for his EP that spits an acidic dissonance. The towering wrestler will be playing Philadelphia's This is Hardcore on July 24.
Stream all of the releases below...
by Ian Chainey
Iron Reagan, the throwback punk speedfest featuring members of Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, and Darkest Hour, will be releasing a new full-length on September 16. The effort is titled Tyranny of Will and is the band's first through Relapse. Along with the LP, the group will also be hitting the road for a handful of dates, including their tour with Eyehategod that hits NYC at the Acheron with Vektor, GWAR-B-Q, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. The full rundown of dates along with album details, below.
Guitarist Phil "Land Phil" Hall has also been busy, releasing a new album with Cannabis Corpse, his ode to weed and '90s death metal. I had a chance to talk to him for Invisible Oranges, and we touched on a number of subjects, including new LP From Wisdom to Baked and indulging in the verdant delights with Chris Barnes. Regarding the latter:
I guess one of the most unusual times with Cannabis Corpse was when we were on tour with Six Feet Under and Chris Barnes would invite us on the bus. He would bust out his blowtorch and blowtorch this crazy metal piece and then dab wax on metal and you would inhale the vapors. Then he had had this bowl that looked like a big knife. I thought that was perfect, to smoke weed with Chris Barnes out of a knife.Cannabis Corpse will also be going on tour this summer, too. Their dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Cannibal Corpse (once fronted by Chris Barnes but now fronted by George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher) will release their thirteenth album, A Skeletal Domain, in September via Metal Blade. Tracklist, bigger artwork, and a new song stream, below. The band are also on the Rockstar Energy Drunk Mayhem Festival with Korn and Avenged Sevenfold and stuff, and during that tour they'll headline a NJ show on July 31 at Starland Ballroom with fellow Rockstars Suicide Silence and Wretched, plus Dying Eyes of Sloth, Carnavarice Breath and Thanatotic Desire. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
So what of Municipal Waste? They'll also be gigging around with Madball, fitting in shows between Iron Reagan, Cannabis Corpse, and, oh yeah, Bat engagements. In addition, they're on the bill for Denver Black Sky and Heavy Montreal. Finally, according to Phil, they're also working on new music:
Municipal Waste is currently writing a new record, so that'll be coming out in the future, as well.Yeesh, and you thought you were busy picking up that double shift.
All lists of dates, with Tyranny of Will album details, 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 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 Andrew Sacher
Nothing at Baby's All Right on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
One of the bands that most won me over at this past CMJ was Philly shoegazers Nothing, who were heavy, atmospheric and deftly melodic in so many of the ways that make for a great rock band. So it's exciting to hear that they've finally officially announced their debut LP, Guilty of Everything, which will be out on March 4 via Relapse. It features their previously released single, "Dig," plus eight other tracks. Check out the new album trailer, artwork, tracklist, and a stream of "Dig," below.
As discussed, Nothing are about to kick off a tour with Weekend, which begins in NYC at Bowery Ballroom this Friday (1/10). Since we last spoke, NYC's experimental metal collective Vaura (mems. Kayo Dot, Dysrhythmia, Azar Swan, etc) has been added to that show as an opener. Tickets are still available.
Updated dates, including SXSW, are listed, along with the trailer, stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
by Doug Moore
This week's bizarre-and-awesome-signing award goes to Relapse Records, who announced late yesterday that they've signed Philadelphia-based professional wrestler UltraMantis Black. If you've never heard of UltraMantis Black before, you're in luck -- his Wikipedia page is longer and more thoroughly referenced than those of many mid-sized American cities.
I'm not really sure what to expect from UltraMantis Black musically, but the signs are positive so far; Relapse's press release obliquely mentions that the band consists of members of Pissed Jeans and Pilgrim Fetus. This project screams "see it live"; I'm hoping for a show that strikes a fine balance between GWAR and Eat the Turnbuckle. Unsurprisingly, UltraMantis's PR copy is gold:
"UltraMantis Black has waged many battles. As a professional wrestler, he has fought a never ending array of opponents worldwide, hell-bent on usurping the Great & Devious insectoid leader of The Order of the Neo Solar Temple. In his quest to decimate the unconscionable and depraved current state of the cultural grappling landscape, he has guided his Spectral Envoy of the Final Judgement through space and time as they deal out justice in the guise of revenge towards those who desire to harm and exploit the vulnerable and voiceless. Now, UltraMantis Black takes his struggle to a new level.Check out a video of UltraMantis Black "destroying pathetic jobbers," as the presser put it, below.
Set to release their debut EP in early 2014 via Relapse Records, UMB seeks to further spread his gospel through a relentless musical assault of hardcore cacophony. His message is a simple declaration of war. A godless jihad against those who continue to systematically enslave, torture, and murder the Earth and all innocent and sentient life that exists upon it. Clear missives of animal, earth, and human liberation delivered under the secretive cloak of lucha libre to the soundtrack of blasting audio terrorism."
by Doug Moore
Mortals at the Acheron (more by Fred Pessaro)
Brooklyn's own Mortals signed to Relapse Records this past spring and announced plans to record new material over the summer. The band haven't revealed any details about the release of that material, but they have announced a month-long North American tour in October and November.
The tour kicks off in their hometown with a 10/23 date at the Acheron with fellow local favorites Black Anvil. Keep an eye out for ticket information here. Watch some Mortals live footage and check out the full run of dates below.
In the wake of the fallen Pat Egan (RIP, brother), Relapse stepped up to release their Patlapse comp, and now Pig Destroyer have also thrown their hat in the ring to help with the effort. Enter Mass & Volume, Pig Destroyer's new two-song doom-focused effort on sale now via Bandcamp. Order yours, and though the tracks haven't surfaced before and are from the Phantom Limb sessions, don't mistake them for throwaways AND 100% of the proceeds benefit a good cause. Stream it below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Pat Egan, longtime Director of Retail Sales at Relapse Records, tragically passed away on Monday February 18th after a battle with pneumonia and related complications. In honor of the man who was so instrumental in the success of so many Relapse bands and records, the label has put together a 20 track compilation featuring a collection of his favorite songs and artists, including Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Brian Posehn, Red Fang, Death, and many more, including a never-before-released track from Exhumed.All of the proceeds from the release will go towards a college fund for his daughter Katie. Alternately, if you want to donate more or just want to donate, you can contribute via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stream that comp below and buy your copy at Bandcamp.
RIP Pat Egan. We crossed paths many many times at shows and beyond and your presence and humor will be missed.
Horseback at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Hot on the heels of their collaborative/split with Pyramids (out now via Hydra Head Records), Chapel Hill experimental crew Horseback are preparing to release a new 7" via Brutal Panda Records. The On the Eclipse 7" is currently up for preorder and due via the label in early April. Listen to the title track for the first time below, beside the cover art.
That 7-inch release is right around the corner, but we also have a new LP to get excited about...
Half Blood was self-recorded and produced by Jenks Miller at The Chateau in the band's hometown. Additional tracking was done at Arbor Ridge Studios and Track and Field Recording by Nick Petersen.Look for that in the coming months via Relapse Records.
Half Blood... features stunning cover artwork from renowned Russian surrealist painter Denis Forkas Kostromitin. The material on Half Blood is an amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors.
That new song stream and others too, below.
With not only the sound of early NWOBHM, but more importantly some of the fire that propelled those legendary bands, Christian Mistress are preparing to release their follow-up to the well-received Agony & Opium (which was released via 20 Buck Spin in 2010). Possession, due 2/28, is the band's second LP and first due for new home Relapse, and you can stream three songs including the title track which makes its first appearance here. Listen to "Black Gold", "Haunted Hunted", and "Possession" below.
We also sat down with the woman behind the soaring voice of Christian Mistress, Christine Davis, to discuss their new label home and LP, early Scorpions, and their upcoming date with Roadburn. The results, and all song streams, are below.
Primate at Scion Rock Fest 2011 (more by Adam Murray)
Mastodon have released another video from their upcoming LP The Hunter (due on September 27th). The new video, for "Spectrelight", features Scott Kelly from Neurosis, and follows recent video releases of "Curl of The Burl" and "Black Tongue". All of them are viewable below.
So far no word on a US tour from the Atlanta four-piece, though knowing them a massive one will surely follow. The band has only one current tour date scheduled, 10/26 at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, TX with Soundgarden. Neurosis, also with just one upcoming date, play this weekend in Portland as part of MusicFestNW. Their show is at Roseland Theater on Saturday with Grails, YOB and Akimbo. Tickets are still available for those without festival passes. The entire MusicFestNW begins Wednesday. Check out the schedule HERE.
In other news, Relapse recently signed Primate, a band featuring Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth, and Mike Brennan of Javelina among others. No word on when they will follow-up on their Draw Back A Stump EP from earliser this year, but we'll keep you up to date. In the meantime, Brutal Truth are releasing a new LP via Relapse; look for End Time on 9/27. Stream two new songs at their Facebook.
All tour dates and that new video is below.
photos by Stefan Raduta, videos by Jon Rosenthal, words by BBG
The inaugural Utech Festival went down over the weekend (on 6/11), in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It featured a deep lineup of bands that spanned the experimental, electronic, drone, noise, and ambient genres. The festival, spearheaded by the label of the same name, saw BV faves Horseback as headliners. Locrian (who produced the amazing The Crystal World) provided direct support, and the festival also featured Mamiffer, House of Low Culture (both of which contained Aaron turner of ex-Isis fame), James Plotkin, Jon Mueller, Gog, William Fowler Collins, Ural Umbo, RM74, and NYC's own Ithi. Pictures from the festival are in this post and continue below.
Horseback recently released The Gorgon Tongue via Relapse, a compilation of previous releases Impale Golden Horn and Forbidden Planet LPs into a single set. The band also recently posted a video for "Blood Fountain" which you can also watch below...
DOWNLOAD: Owen Hart - "Methlahem" (MP3)
Imagine this: your band, with only a 5" record and a demo to your name, is suddenly put on a comp with bands like Despise You, Extortion, Crom, Lack of Interest, Noisear, and an almost infinite list of grindcore luminaries. Thats where Owen Hart (not the wrestler) found themselves earlier this year. The band was hand-picked by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) for the second volume of his This Comp Kills Fascists series for Relapse (which dropped on 6/22).
Though they've toiled in the trenches for the past five years, Owen Hart's brutality does not falter on their debut entitled Earth Control. The LP, due on January 18th, 2011 via Vitriol Records (owned by Justin of Graf Orlock), sees the band tackling elements of hardcore, black metal, and groove in their metallic grind, much like they do on the lead track "Methlahem". Download that above and/or stream it below and if you can't wait for the LP to drop, head on over to their Bandcamp page where you can find their contributions to Scott Hull's comp, a 5", and their demo available for streaming/download.
Song stream and videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Broughton's Rules - "Night Smoker" (MP3)
By definition, Broughton's rules were a set of guidelines set by boxer Jack Broughton. They brought civility to the then blood-thirsty sport of boxing and eventually gave way to the current rules of today.
Music is a bloodsport all its own, and a band named Broughton's Rules are here to throw their hat in the ring with their debut LP Bounty Hunter 1853. Due via Relapse Records on November 22nd, the band features ex-members of Don Caballero, so it's not hard to understand why these Pittsburgh puglists have shared the stage with the likes of Polvo. BR's mathy, post-rocky tunage tips the hat to their former band, as well as post-rock-y greats like Mogwai on their LP and in "Night Smoker", the song available for download above, and streaming below.
Broughton's Rules have a few dates on their calendar in the coming weeks, including a pair of NYC shows on Dec 2nd at Cake Shop and December 3rd at The Charleston. Full tour sked, the song stream, and some (blurry, but good sound) video is below...
There was a time when "prog" was short for progressive, as in furthering an idea... in this case, a theme or a riff. Nowadays the name "prog" can just be slapped on any band that wants to riff for 30 minutes, which just makes "prog" a synonym for "boring". Brooklyn's Titan specializes in the right kind of prog that builds and evolves upon their heavy guitar and keyboard riffs without seeming like a crew of musicians freshly out of music class ("Hey Mom! Look at this uber-complex scale I can play!")
Titan recently signed to Relapse Records, and will release their new LP Sweet Dreams via the label on 10/12. The LP was recorded at Translator Audio in Brooklyn with Brendan Tobin (of Made Out of Babies), and is the first to feature ivory-tickler extraordinaire (and Maserati member) Steve Moore on bass and synth. Dig on the third burner "Wooded Altar Beyond The Wander" above and preorder the LP or CD.
The band will celebrate the release of Sweet Dreams with a pair of shows in Philadelphia and NYC, with Union Pool on 10/24 getting the nod and support coming from some serious badasses in Royal Thunder and Dark Vibes. Ticket info is forthcoming.
Atlanta badasses Royal Thunder recently signed with the label as well, and will re-release their debut EP via the label. The x-track EP will see a re-release on LP and CD in November, and will feature "Mouth of Fire" available for download above.
Titan dates, as well as some recent Royal Thunder videos, is below...
Saviours at Union Pool (more by Paul Birman)
Saviours will team up with Priestess, Hamsoken (black metal featuring Nick Forte of Rorschach), and new Relapse signees Titan for a show at play Santos Party House NYC on August 22nd. Ticket info is forthcoming. The show will be the first for Saviours since supporting Saint Vitus in October of last year, and will take place a day after appearing at Ozzfest in Camden (tickets still available). Priestess last played NYC in April supporting High On Fire at Gramercy.
Titan have recently completed their new album Sweet Dreams for their new label Relapse Records. Recorded with Brendan Tobin (of Made of Babies, etc) at Translator Audio in Brooklyn, the LP will hit shelves on October 12th.
Saviours are currently touring Europe with Weedeater and Black Cobra. Black Cobra will be back in NYC on July 30th with the great Howl, Struck By Lightning, and East of The Wall at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale. It's not the only great metal show coming to that venue; Zoroaster, Black Tusk, Dark Castle, and Hull play there this Friday (July 9th). Tickets are on sale.
All Saviours dates, and some videos are below...
Bundy of Naam @ the Charleston (more photos by Samantha Marble)
The pointer in the above photo taken at the Torche (who just announced another Brooklyn show) show at The Charleston is none other than Bundy of Naam, who will play a BV/1000 Knives show alongside Elder, Elks and BV-BBG Northside alums Cough on Wedneday (June 9th) at Cake Shop.
In other Cough news, the Richmond band has announce that they have signed to Relapse Records (!) and are currently working on their new LP Ritual Abuse with Sanford Parker which will see the light of day this fall via the label.
In other BV Cake Shop news,this Saturday (6/5) brings two BV-affiliated shows. There's the FREE Yeasayer show on Governor's Island. And, Monolith, Voyager, Seraphim and Altered State are set to tear down Cake Shop. Doors for that one at 5PM.
Tour dates, flyers, some videos, and current Cough dates are below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Mike Hill, who wasn't the only guitarist in Tombs at SXSW...
While I was thrashing my rear off between the two stages at Mohawk on 3/17, Samantha Marble was also nodding away at the Relapse showcase at Red 7 down the street. She managed to capture shots of Kill The Client, Howl, Mammoth Grinder, Graves of Valor, and Tombs who were playing with a second guitarist (!) before scooting back to Mohawk to catch High on Fire (like I did). Ah, the lure of the Pike is just too great.
High on Fire's new album, Snakes For The Divine is out NOW, and the band is hitting the road with Bison BC, Priestess, and Black Cobra is celebration. Tickets are still available for the 4/9 date at Gramercy.
Tombs are scheduled to team up with a dream team of heavy music greats on 6/12, as Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, Brutal Truth, and Black Anvil will team up at Europa as part of a BV/Osiris production. Tickets are on sale monday (3/29) at noon.
More photos from Relapse & High on Fire are below...
DOWNLOAD: Fuck The Facts - "La Tete hors de L'eau" (MP3)
Fuck The Facts 2009 (Topon Das on far right)
Fuck The Facts practice artisanal brutality. Not only do the Canadian grinders jackhammer the listener with fierce and unrelenting precision, they do it in their own abstract and punishing way. With Disgorge: Mexico a year and change in the rearview and Maryland Deathfest in the approaching distance, Fuck the Facts have prepared a new testament to pound into your cranium with Unnamed EP, a new vinyl/digital only release on presale NOW via the band. This self-released EP features a pair of re-recorded tracks (including "La Tete hors de L'eau" available above) and as well as some new joints compacted into an endlessly repeatable 11-minutes. Highly recommended!
With this awesome release on deck, I threw some questions at Topon Das of Fuck The Facts to discuss the EP, an upcoming LP, and the Disgorge Mexico MOVIE by David Hall....
Black Anvil at Blender (more by Paul Birman)
Black Anvil has been added to the previously discussed Immortal show on 3/30 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets are still on sale in both regular and VIP status. The Immortal show is one of only four US dates dubbed "Blashyrkh in North America 2010".
Normally Black Anvil are (hyper) actively touring/playing shows, but the band has seemingly been laying low as of late, and with good reason. Black Anvil has taken the first few months of the year to finish writing and complete recording of their new LP Triumvirate for Relapse Records! Look for that LP to surface hopefully later this year, but in the meantime look for Black Anvil to also make an appearance at Scion Rock Fest in Columbus, OH on 3/13. Tickets (for the free show) are now sold out.
Full Immortal dates and a video on the making of Triumvirate are below...
Ludicra @ Santos (more here)
I guess dreams don't come true? Mayhem has cancelled all North American dates with Ludicra and Tombs, including the previously discussed show at Irving with Krallice. A statement from the band is forthcoming.
Tombs is scheduled to hit the road in March, tagging SXSW at Relapse's official showcase on 3/17 with Voivod, Howl, Graves of Valor, Kill The Client, Mammoth Grinder, and Brian Posehn. Flyer below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Kat of Salome
After a massive afternoon, the party was just getting started when Gloominous Doom kicked off the BrooklynVegan-BBG/Relapse CMJ showcase at Fontana's on 10/23. Nebula, Ume, Goes Cube, Naam, and Crystal Antlers all played killer sets in the afternoon, but I was itching for sheer brutality. Fortunately, I had seven great preformances to keep my energy going on through the night.
The Gloominous Doom opened the show, and every metal bill could use a band like this. Metal is a very self-serious genre which is great in some respect, but laughable in others. It's always refreshing to see a band like this, Municipal Waste, or on a local level, Copremesis, come in an make people realize that metal can be fun/wacky too. GD plays what has been described as kitchen sink metal, a bit of death metal, grind, and even ska (!), playing songs with titles like "Urine Trouble". Good times, and by the way, NO ONE rocks a cowbell like Jeff GD (on his prosthetic leg!).
Howl followed GD, and obviously I have gone on record about how killer this band is on its EP and live, but in the basement of Fontana's, their sound seemed especially large. If you dig EARLY Mastodon, crust, and even (Stockholm) Swedish Death Metal (Entombed, etc) make sure and pick up their EP. Look out for an interview with vocalist/guitarist Vincent coming soon.
Complete Failure was after Howl, a band that I have been a fan of since seeing them with the great Antigama at Europa. Anchored by the killer fills of Mike Rosswog (ex-Circle Of Dead Children/Today is The Day) and featuring a thrashing wildman in Joey Mack on vox, Complete Failure do a great crusty grind hybrid that is absolutely fierce live. ComFail recently let me post their entire album for FREE DOWNLOAD, which thankfully has popped up all over the net. These guys rule.
Black Anvil followed, and hopefully you know by the amount of times I have seen them, that these ex-Kill Your Idols folk would tear Fontana's a new one, and they did. The band also previewed some new tracks from their upcoming LP.
Revocation was next up, dispelling the notion that technical death metal can't still be brutal. Tons of live energy from these youngn's, and you can expect to hear much more for them in the near future. Their new, and highly praised album, Existence is Futile is out NOW.
I have a soft spot for Salome, and this band was beyond destructive at this show. Bowel-shaking riffs and stunning vocals were only equaled by tense moments of feedback and silence before the world came crashing down again. A seriously epic performance from this band... I can't wait until their new album blasts off on Profound Lore! And to the wise-ass audience member, it is NOT pronounced "salami" (ha).
Misery Index capped off the night, opening with what could be one of my favorite intros this side of the "Imperial Theme" from Star Wars... "We Never Come in Peace" from Traitors. Brutal, intense and unbelievable set from this Baltimore crew who pulled mostly from their latest LP, Traitors. Misery Index is currently cranking out new jams for the follow up to Traitors, so look for that next year!
To conclude, thanks again to everyone who made it out to Fontana's during the day and/or night. I'd like to personally thank all bands that played, Fontana's, CMJ, Betsey and Relapse Records, and especially Dave Ehrlich from Relapse. Most impoortantly, I couldn't have done it without the support of you. Many thanks!
More pictures below...
by Black Bubblegum
Trap Them played BV-CMJ in 2008 (more by Leia Jospe)
I am proud to announce my FIRST OFFICIAL CMJ SHOWCASE (BrooklynVegan - BBG) which we are co-presenting with the good folks at Relapse Records. It's scheduled to go down on Friday October 23rd as part of an all day extravaganza at Fontana's on the Lower East Side!
The "official" part of the party kicks off at 7:30pm. That's the part of the night that costs money and will be listed in the CMJ guide (and is open to a limited number of CMJ badgeholders for free). Earlier in the day we'll be hosting the "unofficial" part, a 100% free day party at the same venue.
The shows will feature guitar cabinets courtesy of our good friends at Main Drag Music, stiff drinks by Hornitos, as well as FREE Miller Lite and High Life and Vitamin Water while supplies last! (more sponsors TBA if we get them)
The daytime lineup (one of three BrooklynVegan day parties during CMJ this year) will be announced in full soon, but will focus on the heavy side of things (and is partly revealed below). The official show lineup (one of two BrooklynVegan official showcases this year) has a little bit of everything for the heavy music fan: thundering political deathgrind, rumbling doom, crusty grindcore, and even thrashy-ska performed by a man with a prosthetic leg! It goes like this....