Entries tagged with: Ringworm
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Revocation at Gramercy in 2014 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
As always, the metal and hardcore universe continues to exist unabated. Here's a roundup of some stuff coming up...
There's a bunch of heavy festivals here in the states. Besides the always-great festivals like Maryland Deathfest, there are a few recent metal fests announced that lean more towards mall metal but do have some good stuff. First of all there's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, which goes down in Worcester, MA On April 15-16. This year's lineup includes headliners The Black Dahlia Murder and Killswitch Engage, plus Earth Crisis, Ringworm, Rivers of Nihil, Old Wounds, Fallujah and various others. Tickets are on sale now.
There's also Heavy Montreal for the border-crossing metalheads. That one happens on August 6-7 and involves Mastodon, Ghost, Sabaton, Carcass, Suffocation, Inquisition, Kataklysm, Biohazard, Mantar and again, Killswitch Engage. Tickets are on sale.
Also, in upstate NY, there's Rock'n Derby Festival on May 20-22 with Lamb of God, Megadeth, Clutch, Wolfmother, Wild Throne, Anthrax and Ghost. Not to mention Dokken and Scott Stapp! This fest will also involve a demolition derby and pro wrestling. What are you waiting for? Buy tickets now.
In terms of NYC shows coming up, tech-death monsters Revocation are going on a short run of dates and hitting Saint Vitus on March 17. Support for that has yet to be announced, but tickets for that are on sale now. Dates below.
Old-school evil black metal band Archgoat are touring with Valkyrja, and they'll be stopping in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on March 20. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out all tour dates below.
Heavy, catchy punks Angel Du$t are playing a few east coast dates with Higher Power and Soft Grip, including NYC at The Acheron on March 18 with support from Liberty. Tickets for that are on sale now, and you can check out those dates below.
There's some new music making the rounds, including a new single from locals Prong. That's called "Cut and Dry," it's from their upcoming album X - No Absolutes, which is out today (2/5) and you can stream it below. The whole album is on Spotify.
San Francisco doom duo Black Cobra have a new album on the way called Imperium Simulacra and they recently debuted the title track. It's a stellar piece of riff-mongering, the likes of which we've come to expect from this band, and you can stream it below. Imperium Simulacra is out February 25 via Season of Mist.
Canadian power-metal band Striker just premiered their incredibly fun new LP Stand in the Fire over at Invisible Oranges. You can stream that ripper below. As always, keep an eye on IO for a steady stream of good metal.
Now on to the reminders. Since we last spoke much has been announced. There's Amon Amarth/Entombed A.D., The Sword/Purson, Dylan Carlson, Weekend Nachos, Kvelertak/Torche/Wild Throne, and Grim Reaper.
And of course there's more. You've got five (five) Killswitch Engage shows, Magrudergrind/Mutilation Rites, Cauldron, Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse, Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell, and Whores/Fight Amp.
Also: Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Sabbath Assembly/Gnaw, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake, Young and In the Way, Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.
And, to give you a fourth paragraph of links (because 4th time is the charm), there's Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden.
That about does it. What did we miss? Stream new Black Cobra, Prong, and Striker, and check out the new Conan video below...
photo: Ringworm at Saint Vitus in 2015 (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Metalcore band Unearth is heading out on tour and, excitingly, hardcore greats Ringworm will be providing direct support for all dates. The tour includes a stop in NYC at Santos Party House on April 15 with support from Culture Killer (who will also be on the whole tour), Reflections, and Hollow Earth. Tickets for that are on sale now.
You can check out all tour dates and video of a Ringworm set from back in 2014 below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Aevangelist at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
As always, there's a ton of metal happening right under everyone's nose, so now that it's October, let's round up some of the scary stuff. Over at Invisible Oranges, you can find a bunch of it, like this just-premiered new album by Aevangelist, Enthrall to the Void of Death, which is being released on 20 Buck Spin. Its an atmospheric, knotty, potentially overwhelming piece of death metal. It showcases enough reverb to choke a horse, and it is streaming below. Aevangelist don't have tour dates as of yet, but they are playing California Deathfest in Oakland on October 10 (we'll talk more about this later).
IO is also streaming the new album from Seattle's Serial Hawk, which is called Searching For Light. It's a groovy hunk of doom metal with a strong Om bent reflected in its bass playing that I would definitely recommend. Serial Hawk are currently on tour and will be playing NYC on October 11 at The Acheron, where they'll open for Jucifer along with It's Not Night: It's Space. Tickets for that show are on sale now. LP stream below.
This is but the tip of the iceberg on IO. Today editor Joseph Schafer published his editor's picks for September, which include a lengthy and fascinating consideration of the new Pope Francis jam, and are generally a great way to find under-the-radar metal (the new Dalla Nebbia LP, in particular, is an absolute gem). Along the lines of obscure gems, IO also recently published a Three part series on the history of South Korean heavy metal and hardcore punk, which is likewise fascinating stuff and is basically the definition of "worth a read."
IO writers also make a habit of appreciating classic albums when the occasion of an anniversary arises. On the main page alone, there are great re-assessments and celebrations of Judas Priest's now 25-year-old Painkiller, Obituary's equivalently-aged death metal masterpiece Nola, now a member of the two-decade club.
Speaking of Down, member Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror festival is coming up. Mor than on a minute, but first some other exciting fall and winter metal festivals that are on the horizon. This weekend (October 3-4), Saint Vitus will play host to the 3rd annual NY Deathfest. The lineup features Ringworm, Gutalax, Disgorgement, Soils of Fate, Dead Infection, and many more. You can get tickets here.
For you west-coast deathfest enthusiasts, Oakland will be the site of this year's California Deathfest on October 9-11, which features not only Aevangelist but also a bunch of amazing bands like Noothgrush, Infest, Ghoul, Impaled, Autopsy, Lycus, Loss, Bolzer, and Immolation. Three-day passes and Saturday tickets (which, sadly, is Autopsy day) are sold out, but you can still get tickets for Friday and Sunday now.
November brings Martyrdoom to Saint Vitus. We've already discussed this, but consider this a reminder that the lineup is top-shelf (Necrophobic, Kommandant, Black Anvil, Blood Incantation, Bell Witch, etc.) and that tickets are on sale now.
And to finally bring things back to Anselmo, the Pantera/Down/Superjoint mastermind's own Housecore Horror Festival looms on the horizon. It takes place in San Antonio at The Aztec Theater On November 12-15, with a horrifyingly good lineup that has added King Diamond, Exodus and Claudio Simonetta's Goblin (who will be live-scoring Dawn of the Dead, which, yes please) to the already stacked roster of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Eyehategod, Zombi, Crowbar, Corrosion of Conformity, Yob, Negative Approach, Nails, Ghoul, Cripple Bastards, and many more. On top of all this there is a "second stage" that appears in very small font on the flyer but will include excellent bands like Black Breath (whose Slaves Beyond Death also premiered at IO and is an early contender for metal album of the year), War Master, Disfigured, Aggravator and more. Tickets for the whole thing are on sale now.
There are also a whole bunch of great tours coming through NYC in the next month, most of which we've discussed already. KEN mode bring their tour with Child Bite behind their not-quite metal album Success to bear on NYC, playing the Acheron on October 9 (tickets). And later, Extortion and Full of Hell bring their tour to The Acheron on October 17 for a midnight show (tickets).
Over at Saint Vitus, tours will be welcomed from the likes of Goatsnake, whose new album is great and who will play NYC on October 15 with BIG/BRAVE and YDI (tickets). On October 21 the stacked tour of Kylesa, Inter Arma and Indian Handcrafts will weigh in (tickets). And then, on October 22, Bongzilla! (tickets).
Below, you can find streams for Aevangelist and Serial Hawk, as well as the full lineup for NY Deathfest and an updated lineup for Housecore.
Maryland Deathfest 2016 already announced two rounds of bands, and today they added a bunch more. Additions include Testament, Discharge, Repulsion, Paradise Lost, Ringworm, Severed Head of State (who also play NYC soon), Buzzov'en, World Burns to Death, Tragedy, Satan, DOOM, Crypt Sermon, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, Horrendous, Infest, Nuclear Assault (who are supposedly breaking up soon), Weedeater and more.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/22) at noon. Full list of additions, and full updated MDF lineup below...
photo: Ringworm at Saint Vitus last week (more by Mathieu Bredeau)
Metallic hardcore greats Ringworm just wrapped up a tour with Goatwhore, and they've already announced another string of dates... which begin in less than a month! For this tour, they'll be playing 2005's Justice Replaced by Revenge in full for its 10th anniversary. White Widows Pact and Culture Killer will support the band on all dates.
The tour hits NYC on August 18 at Acheron. Tickets will be on sale soon.
All dates are listed, with the video for Just Replaced by Revenge's title track, below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Goatwhore, Black Breath, Ringworm, \m/
NOLA metal vets Goatwhore brought their stacked tour with metallic hardcore bands Black Breath and Ringworm and deathgrind newcomers Theories to NYC this week for two shows at Saint Vitus. They took over the venue on Monday (7/6) and Tuesday (7/7), and we've got pictures of the first night.
More, plus videos of Goatwhore's set, below...
photo: Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The stacked metal tour of Goatwhore, Ringworm, Black Breath and Theories lands in NYC tonight (7/6) at Saint Vitus. That show is sold out, but all four bands will be hanging around for a second show on Tuesday (7/7) at the same venue. Tickets for Tuesday's show are on sale.
photo: Goatwhore at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NOLA metal vets Goatwhore will tour North America this June/July in continued support of last year's Constricting Rage of the Merciless, and they're taking out two great metallic hardcore bands, Ringworm and Black Breath, and deathgrind newcomers Theories.
The tour hits NYC on July 6 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/10) at noon. All dates are listed below.
photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Andrew Sacher
Napalm Death / Voivod @ Gramercy Theatre - 2/2/2015
Monday's (2/2) cruddy winter weather in NYC didn't stop the totally stacked Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate tour from rolling through Gramercy Theatre and packing the venue to the gills. This six-band bill went hard from its 6:30 start time to its end around midnight, with almost no low points.
It did start off a little slow, with openers Black Crown Initiate. They weren't bad, but on a bill of bands mostly derived more or less from early hardcore, their love of machine gun breakdowns just felt a bit out of place.
Things shifted into full gear when metallic hardcore greats Ringworm took the stage. They put tracks off their influential 1993 debut, The Promise ("Necropolis") right up against stuff from last year's killer Hammer of the Witch (title track and a couple others), but you wouldn't have guessed the songs were released 21 years apart if you didn't know any better. The whole band tore through every song with insane precision, and singer Human Furnace was basically never not in beast mode. You couldn't possibly stand still for them, and that would be true of each subsequent band as the next five hours flew by.
Next was Iron Reagan, the crossover thrash supergroup, fronted by Municipal Waste shouter Tony Foresta, with the most flat-out fun set of the night. They look and sound straight out of thrash's early days, down to the outfits, hairstyles and stage moves. But with a level of homage approaching parody, and 12-second songs called "Your Kid's An Asshole," it's clear (and refreshing) that Iron Reagan aren't taking this too seriously. That doesn't mean they don't rip though. Their shows are a grin-inducing nostalgia trip, but also every riff and every drum fill is tight, locked in, and bold as fuck. Don't look to Iron Reagan if you want groundbreaking, but their shows are unmissable if you want a helluva good time.
Then came California death vets Exhumed, who are about to release a re-recorded version of their 1998 classic debut, Gore Metal (which they half-jokingly apologized for on stage), and they played a good chunk of that album. It was their first NYC show since new bassist/growler Matt "Slime" Ferri joined, and while I'm not the best judge for this stuff (death growls aren't usually my thing -- band leader Matt Harvey's higher-pitched shrieks are much more my speed), he seemed to carry his weight and mesh with Harvey well. There was no doubting that Harvey is a master though. He shined as a frontman, and maybe even more so when he made his way to the edge of the stage for some terrific soloing.
The place noticeably turned up when the first of the two co-headliners, Voivod, took the stage. The crowd packed in closer, the mosh pits got fuller, and chants of "VOI! VOD! VOI! VOD!" punctuated songs. Frontman Snake took the first of those chants as an opportunity to introduce their new bass player, Rocky, who replaced original bassist Blacky last year ("We love him so much... he's greasy"). He fit the band well -- younger guy in a tight Motorhead t-shirt who certainly knew his way around a bass, and really did seem to feel right at home with the other members. But of course the real star of their set was Snake. That dude is ageless, maniacally fronting the band like they're still a bunch of young punks. They gave us classics from their prime '80s era, right up through new single "We Are Connected" off their upcoming split with At the Gates, and all of it crushed. Their set (like all of the night's sets) was encore-less, and the crowd really didn't want them to go.
That high didn't subside at all when Napalm Death came on to give us yet another set from a band with over three decades behind them and zero signs of slowing down. They had a fill-in for guitarist Mitch Harris, and though it would've been nicer to see them with Mitch, lead screamer Barney Greenway called the fill-in a "virtuoso" and it was hard to disagree. His playing was razor sharp, and from the crowd's apeshit reaction to the entire set, I don't think anyone was getting too picky about who they had up there. Part of that was also probably due to the fact that all eyes were mostly on Barney, who was in a literal frenzy for the entirety of the set. ND were supporting their new album, Apex Predator - Easy Meat, and while some people see bands this far into their career strictly for the classics, the new songs were actually highlights of the all-killer set. Sure it got wild for "Scum" and their version of Dead Kennedys' "Nazi Punks Fuck Off," but this was no nostalgia set. Barney ran around stage all night in a Swans t-shirt, which is pretty apt. Like Swans, Napalm Death's groundbreaking beginnings took place in the '80s, but they're still making vital music and putting on brutal live shows in the '10s.
More pictures from most of the show (our photographer missed Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate), and some videos from the show, below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Napalm Death at Knockdown Center (more by Greg Cristman)
There's yet another absolutely loaded, must-catch, all-star metal tour on the horizon, giving metalheads still more reason to get excited about 2015. Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, and Black Crown Initiate are joining forces for the "Through Space and Grind" tour. This is just an absurdly stacked bill, and as if you needed more reason to go, they'll also be joined by Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories, and Phobia on select dates. These bands run the gamut from absolutely legendary to young and on-the-rise, from death-grind to political thrash, and they all have a reputation as absolute crushers in the live setting.
The tour will make a stop in NYC at Gramercy Theater on February 2, where Ringworm will mercifully be on the bill. Tickets for that show will be on sale Friday (11/7) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
All of these bands have been varying degrees of busy lately. Napalm Death have been playing festivals and touring internationally all year. Voivod released an album last year and have been playing some festival gigs in 2014. Iron Reagan, featuring "Landphil" Hall of Cannabis Corpse and Municipal Waste, and otherwise known as the busiest man in metal, have a new album out and released a split on Tankcrimes with tourmates Exhumed earlier this year. Ringworm dropped a ripper this year too.
All dates listed, along with a stream of the Iron Reagan/Exhumed split EP, a video of Napalm Death playing live in Chile earlier this year, Voivod's video for "Target Earth" and the Ringworm LP stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
We are code orange. We are code orange kids. If a word being moved around shakes you up....get off board now.It looks like Code Orange Kids have all grown up, because they've just announced their new album, I Am King, and it's set to come out under the name Code Orange. (So far this sounds better than when the Beach Boys contemplated going as just "Beach.") The new record was recorded and engineered by Converge's Kurt Ballou and it will be out on September 2 via Deathwish. No music is out from it yet, but check out the album artwork and tracklist below.
Out with the old. In with the new. No mercy. [via Facebook]
Code Orange were supposed to play Cambridge's Deathwish Fest in July, but dropped off. They don't have any plans to play NYC at the moment, but they do have a short tour with Killswitch Engage and Ringworm around the time all three bands play Philly's This Is Hardcore that stops by the NYC-area on July 20 at The Loft in Poughkeepsie. Maybe seeing Code Orange and Ringworm in Poughkeepsie with Killswitch (and After the Burial) isn't your ideal way of seeing them, but if you're planning on making the trip up there, you can get tix. All dates are listed below.
As we recently mentioned, Adventures (whose lineup includes 3/4 of Code Orange), signed to Run for Cover who will put out a split with Pity Sex on the label in the near future. They just wrapped up a tour with Seaheaven and Foxing that we caught in NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall (pics).
All Code Orange dates are listed, with the album art and tracklist, below...
By Ian Chainey
Eyehategod at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Future tour mates Eyehategod and Enabler are currently streaming their new albums in full. Both bands -- along with the raging Ringworm who beat both to the full stream punch by a few months -- will embark on an extensive run through the Eastern half of the US following their appearances at Maryland Deathfest.
For NOLA sludge legends Eyehategod, the eponymous outing that's set to drop on May 27 via Housecore Records (preorder) marks their first album in 14 years and final with drummer Joey LaCaze who passed away in 2013. The Pitchfork-housed stream gets going straight from the gate, setting the pace with "Agitation! Propaganda!" and never letting up over the next ten tracks. For a band known to jam, often riding stretched out riffs and feedback whip-cracks, Eyehategod is rather free of fat. Only two songs eclipse the four minute mark, showcasing a lean, poisoned idea of punk-esque focus.
And that snarl makes Enabler a great fit as a bill companion. The Milwaukee trio's Fin Absolue Du Monde, also due out on May 27 by way of the Compound (preorder), crustily rumbles while dark melodies crash below the tumult. The LP, streaming below, follows two 2013 EPs and continues on with the group's synthesis of Swedish rolling core and the unholy buzz of Clevo killers such as the classic, you guessed it, Ringworm.
Which is why this is a neat-ass tour. There's a definite sonic through-line connecting all three bands, even if they would appear to clash on paper. Of course, the true unifier is everyone's endless stage energy. All of the above have a knack for making shows explode into cathartic releases of pent up fury. From the May 28 Atlanta, Georgia kick-off to the June 25 Pensacola, Florida finale, the troika of terror will certainly lay all stops to waste. It hits NYC on June 7 at Europa with Shitkill and lands in Chicago a few days later. Tickets for the NYC show are still available.
All dates are listed, with the Enabler LP stream, plus song streams from Eyehategod and Ringworm, below...
by Doug Moore
Eyehategod at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Rumors of an Eyehategod / Ringworm / Enabler tour in support of the former's upcoming self-titled album (their first in almost 15 years) have been floating around for a few days now, but it's now officially been announced. The three bands will take to the road in North America from late May through late June, shortly after EHG complete a brief run of West Coast and festival dates.
The tour will hit NYC on 6/7 at Europa -- not my first choice for venue, but this lineup will destroy no matter what the surroundings. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but will be available at this link soon. All dates are listed below.
In the meantime, stream both of EHG's recently-released singles and check out their full set of announced dates below...
This Is Hardcore returns to Philly's Electric Factory from July 24-27 and as usual it's got a great lineup spanning generations of hardcore including Converge, Title Fight, Madball, Blacklisted, Bl'ast, Code Orange Kids, Nails, Noisem, Power Trip, Incendiary, Full of Hell, Crowbar, Coke Bust, Ringworm and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale April 12 via the festival's website.
Full lineup, with a playlist of all bands playing and the announcement video, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Agalloch at MHOW in August 2012 (more by Wyatt Marshall)
We are still recovering from SXSW (it was a blast, and we know you don't feel bad for us) but did manage to post photos of our Invisible Oranges showcase featuring Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne, and Venemous Maximus. Check 'em out, and let us know if you went in the comments.
Despite the aforementioned SXSW hangover there were plenty of heavy happenings this week, which turned out to be a great week for new music. Black/grey metal kings Agalloch streamed a new song, "Celestial Effigy" off of their forthcoming album The Serpent & The Sphere, which is due out on May 19 on Profound Lore. After 2010's blistering Marrow of the Spirit, "Celestial Effigy" takes a step back towards an earlier Agalloch sound -- it has a similar lilt to "Hallways of Enchanted Ebony" at times. Give it a listen over at Pitchfork.
It happened late last week so it didn't make our HLD, but Tom G. Warrior's (Celtic Frost) Triptykon dropped two absurdly awesome and heavy tracks on everyone without any warning. Give them a listen below, and give a listen to another new Triptykon track that the band recently performed live. Triptykon's new album Melana Chasmata is out on April 15.
We premiered new Sargeist over at Invisible Oranges -- it's filthy, necro sounding black metal of the highest caliber. Look for Sargeist and the related, also Finnish bands Behexen and One Tail, One Head at the loaded Martyrdoom Fest at Saint Vitus from June 27 through July 1. Tickets are still available.
Metallica played a new song, "Lords of Summer," live in Colombia at the beginning of the week, and a couple of days later, a "Garage Demo" version of the song was posted to Youtube. Give it a listen it below.
As usual, there are a few good shows to check out this weekend. Tonight (3/21) at Saint Vitus, loud as hell creeps The Body play with Theologian and Couch Slut , and on Sunday (3/23) NOLA sludge masters Thou invade Vitus with support from black metal acts Anicon and Vorde and the punked-out Skelptarsis. Tickets to both shows are on sale. Over at The Acheron on Saturday (3/22), Swedish old-school death crew Obliteration will level the place with help from Fantom Warior, Flesh Temple and Iron Force. Tickets are on sale.
For a little further down the line, Florida sludge trio Floor announced a tour that will land at Saint Vitus on 5/5. Floor also streamed another song from their upcoming album Oblation, due out on April 29. For all upcoming heaviness, visit the NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
Deafheaven front man George Clarke announced he created a record label called All Black Recording Company that will focus on underground releases. The first release will be Oakland d-beat/metal band Black Monolith's debut LP.
Over at Invisible Oranges, we ran down all the metal that came out this week worth buying, reviewed the new Coffinworm album, and talked to Ringworm on the Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show, during which we also gave away tickets to the Children of Bodom / Halo of Blood North American Tour stops in Charlotte, NC and Silver Springs, MD.
Triptykon and Metallica streams below. Anything else?
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Sorority Noise - Rory Shield (MP3)
Sorority Noise, who you may have just caught on tour with Special Explosion, Teen Suicide, and Alex G, will follow 2013's Young Luck EP with their first full length, Forgettable, on May 13. It comes out in the US jointly via Evan Weiss' (Into It. Over It.) Storm Chasers and Derrick Shanholtzer's (TWIABP) Broken World Media, and will get a European release via Dog Knight (Nai Harvest, Playlounge). The record's first single, "Rory Shield," recalls the '90s power pop emo of bands like The Promise Ring and Knapsack, and that can be downloaded for free above or streamed below. Album artwork and tracklist below too.
The Connecticut band has a show in their hometown on Wednesday (3/26), which is the CT stop of the Solids / Pachangacha tour. After that, they'll play a few other Northeast dates with related band Old Gray and NJ emo noodlers Prawn, including the Property of Zack-presented pre-show to the Mixtape Festival. That show takes place at Amityville Music Hall (3/28) and also includes Slingshot Dakota, Cryptodira and Petal Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
All Sorority Noise dates are listed, with the song stream, LP artwork and tracklist, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Ringworm at The Acheron in March 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
As mentioned, Cleveland metallic hardcore greats Ringworm are releasing their new LP Hammer of the Witch on March 18. It's a ferocious album--here's a bit of what we had to say about it over on Invisible Oranges:
Ringworm's latest, Hammer Of The Witch (Relapse Records), is an aural-back-alley-street-fight of a record; 13 tracks, not a single fuck given. The recording mix is perfect, with both guitars matched evenly against a machine-precision rhythm section. Vocal institution Human Furnace is still full of piss and vinegar, as song titles like "Leave Your Skin At The Door" and "One Of Us Is Going To Have To Die..." can attest. Blast beats and wailing solos interweave with brutal riffs, elevating the songs from basic hardcore workouts to something even more sinister. Even if you hear an obvious lead-up to a breakdown, it still hits like a sledgehammer each time. Too many bands of this style try to write songs around breakdowns instead of the other way around, and it keeps a lot of them lumped together in the generic hardcore bin.Listen to how the Cleveland originals continue to tear it up below.
You can catch an interview with Ringworm on the Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show on March 18, Hammer of the Witch's release date. Tune in to guide to metal at SXSW for more info and all you need to know about metal down in Austin this year.
Ringworm will also be embarking on a tour with Death Before Dishonor at the end of the month. It doesn't hit NYC but will be nearby for a Long Island show at 89 North on March 30. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All dates are listed, with the stream of Hammer of the Witch, below...
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), 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
As we've mentioned, the IO-co-presented A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash will begin in Baltimore this Thursday (1/16) with a Ringworm set at Sidebar, along with support from Frightened Teeth, Pharaoh, Occultist, and Apalling Infection. The fest goes through Saturday and also features sets from Infest, Full of Hell, Iron Reagan, Integrity, All Out War, Bloodlet and many more. Whole-fest pass options and individual show tickets are available via A389's site.
Ringworm have also announced a March 18 release date for their upcoming album Hammer of the Witch, which you can preorder from Relapse Records here. The band will kick off a co-headlining tour in support of the album with Death Before Dishonor on March 29; no NYC date, but they'll hit Long Island at Patchogue, NY's 89 North on 3/30. Keep an eye out for tix; stream Hammer of the Witch's title track and check out the full run of dates below.
Another A389-related tidbit: classic-era metalcore stalwarts Bloodlet, who will perform a one-time reunion set in Baltimore this weekend, have unveiled a 20-year-old demo track entitled "Embrace." You can stream it below, along with the remastered version of their classic Entheogen. Both will be available as a 7" through A389 on February 7.
If that wasn't enough, the new Systems Overload-lineup Integrity song we mentioned a few weeks back, "7th Revelation: Beyond The Realm Of The VVitch," is now streaming in full via Decibel. The same lineup will be performing at the A389 bash as well. You can stream the song below.
Check out both Bloodlet streams, the new Ringworm tune, and the full run of Ringworm dates 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.
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...
Ringworm at the Acheron in March (more by Keith Marlowe)
We just announced over at metal blog Invisible Oranges that the mighty Ringworm will be the aforementioned "Special Guest" on the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase on 10/17 at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn with Pelican, Primitive Man, Aksumite, and HASJ. If you can't make that show, the very next night Invisible Oranges is hosting a second night at Saint Vitus (10/18) with Pelican, Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck & Reference, Phantom Glue, and Pyrhhon. Or come to both. It will be a fun two nights--hope to see you there.
Ringworm, whose new EP is still streaming, played a great show last night at Saint Vitus with Howl, Call of the Void and Baltimore's Noisem (who are also playing the IO co-sponsored A389 Tenth Anniversary fest). Did you go? It was a fun show start to finish--from Noisem's energetic and raucous thrash to Ringworm's gruff hardcore.
IO CMJ Showcases @ Saint VitusMore Ringworm and Noisem tour dates below...
Wreck & Reference
by Doug Moore
Ringworm (more photos by Keith Marlowe)
As we've mentioned recently, Cleveland metallic hardcore journeymen Ringworm will be taking their show on the road for much of October in support of their upcoming EP. That EP, Bleed, is now streaming over at Noisey. You can hear it in this post.
Bleed will come out on September 17 via Relapse Records. Preorder it here. You can also take a look at Ringworm's fall dates with Call of the Void and Howl below. Again, they'll hit Saint Vitus on October 3, with Baltimore thrashers Noisem in tow. Tickets are available now.
All dates are listed, along with the EP stream, below.
Ringworm at Acheron, Jan 2013 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Cleveland's Ringworm have completed a new three-song 10-inch for their new label home, Relapse Records. The effort, Bleed, will see release on September 17.
Look for the band to hit the road for a swing of dates with Howl and Call of the Void thereafter, hitting the Northeast/Midwest for shows including October 3 at Saint Vitus with death metal wunderkind Noisem. Ticketing info is on the way If you need your Ringworm fix before that, head down to Baltimore on Friday for A389 Summer Extermination) with will also feature Municipal Waste, Full of Hell, Power Trip and more. Full tour schedule and Ringworm audio is below....