Entries tagged with: Rise and Fall
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Belgian atmospheric sludge crew Amenra are currently streaming their slow-burning Mass V in full. Pensive, dark, yet burning brightly like a flame to magnesium, check out the record in its entirety below.
Amenra recently added a London show with Cult of Luna (who have a new album coming) on January 22nd. Still no word on an NYC date, but we'll let you know if that changes. All other dates and the album stream are below.
by Fred Pessaro
Belgian favorites Amenra have loose ties to bands like Oathbreaker, Integrity, Rise & Fall and others, and use elements from those bands along with Acme, Neurosis, and post-rock in their unique approach to post-hardcore/sludge. After a few mostly-European releases, the band is welcoming their new LP Mass V, which will be their debut LP for Neurot Recordings. The long-player, recorded by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Eyehategod, Swans), will hit via the label on November 27. Stream the first song from that LP, "Dearborn and Buried," below.
So far no, US dates have been scheduled for Amenra, but those in the EU can catch them at the dates below.
DOWNLOAD: Warning//Warning - "Ghosts" (MP3)
Black Cobra at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by BBG)
In addition to their tour with Kyuss Lives! and The Sword that includes 12/9 at the Paramount in Long Island and 12/10 at the Wellmont Theatre in NJ, Black Cobra have added a round of dates that include Saint Vitus (the venue) on 12/11 with Zoroaster and The Body. Tickets are on sale. The full slate of dates are below. Black Cobra recently released Invernal.
France's Warning//Warning are touring the US and will hit Acheron on 11/20 with Nomad and more TBA. Check out a song from the bands new record There's Nothing Left above and look for them on the road at the dates below.
Saint Vitus (the band) have signed to Season of Mist and will release a new album.
Relapse signed the great New Zealand band Ulcerate. If you havent heard of them, make sure to check out their LP Destroyers of All which dropped this year, not to mention their highly recommended 2009 album Everything is Fire. It's great to see this band's audience growing in the US.
It seems that Seein Red/Larm cancelled their Chaos in Tejas 2011 appearance for a damn good reason... hearing damage. And now Seein Red have called it quits! R.I.P. Seein Red, I posted a live video in tribute below.
That video, a stream of the Pallbearer demo, a stream of a new Rise & Fall song, a new Pulling Teeth video, a new Oathbreaker video, and a live Monarch! video is below along with more suggested NYC shows...
words & photos by BBG, additional photos by Jason House
Coliseum @ Public Assembly (by BBG)
Coliseum played two Brooklyn shows with Gods & Queens over the weekend, each with different set lists! And different openers too. Tour-mates Rise & Fall and Masakari were both on the bill at the Saturday Public Assembly show, as was Psychic Limb (who supported Dillinger Escape Plan Sunday night at MHoW too). Sunday's Union Pool show featured Coliseum, The Austerity Program, The Year is One, and Masakari who initially had the day off until they hopped on the Union Pool show last minute in addition to playing a last minute show at C-Squat.
Pictures from Union Pool are forthecoming, but Public Assembly pics are in this post, and there are more of them below...
Psychic Limb at Cake Shop, the aftermath (more by Jason House)
Psychic Limb has a busy weekend in a couple weeks, as the band has been added to a pair of notable NYC shows. The first will go down at the previously discussed Coliseum/Gods & Queens date at Public Assembly, which also recently added Rise & Fall (their only NYC appearance) and Masakari (who'll also play ABC No Rio with Black Kites & Grudges that afternoon). $12 gets you in the door and tickets are on sale. The show is one of two dates scheduled for Coliseum, who'll also join The Austerity Program at Union Pool the next night (5/15, tickets).
Then the following day, Psychic Limb will join another Psychic band, The Psychic Paramount, in supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 15th (tickets). The MHOW show is a one off solo show for DEP, who is currently playing dates with the Deftones and will hit Best Buy Theater for a pair of sold-out nights (on 5/13, 5/14). The Psychic Paramount will hit the road with Disappears in July.
All of the Psychic Limb shows are in celebration of their new LP, Queens, which is currently up for preorder via Clairvoyant Recordings.... my own new record label. Recorded by Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia, etc), the LP, the label's first release, is limited to 500 copies with the first 100 coming on opaque yellow and the remainder on black. Psychic Limb sold small runs of their LP at recent shows with Nails and Unbroken/Jesuit.
Rise & Fall will enter God City Studios on Sunday, 5/1 to record a new LP with Kurt Ballou. No word on the details behind the LP, but we'll keep you posted.
All tour dates and some video is below.
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Portal - "Larvae" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Pelican - "Strung Up From The Sky" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Heims - "W.O.F." (Edit) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Heims - "Heims" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Merrimack - "In The Halls Of White Death" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gnaw Their Tongues - "Rife With Teeth" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mammoth Grinder - "Frozen" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mammoth Grinder - "Total Extinction" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Converge - "Dark Horse" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kowloon Walled City - "Clockwork" (MP3)
Yes, that is a clock on his head.
Portal is currently prepping their new album, Swarth, for release via Profound Lore on 10/20. For the unaware, Portal is definitely an odd duck (in the best way possible!), as the Aussies employ discordant chord patterns ala French BM masterminds Deathspell Omega, and a generally discomforting atmosphere abounds. Dig on the extremely promising "Larvae" from Swarth available above! The abstract blackened death metal band from Australia is also one of a few bands that have already been announced for Maryland Deathfest 2010 along with additions like Gorguts, Asphyx, Wolfbrigade, Gridlink, Impaled, and many many noteable others! Full MDF list is below.
Mammoth Grinder has released their new LP, Extinction of Humanity, which is available via Cyclopean Records. The band, which (as we know) shares members with Hatred Surge & Iron Age, combines an old school death metal approach of Entombed / Dismember with the charge of hardcore. Their new LP delivers on the promises made on No Results. Check out a pair of MP3s from Extinction of Humanity available for download above!
In case you somehow missed it, the new Converge track, "Dark Horse" premiered on Stereogum last week. Axe To Fall has been in heavy rotation since I received a copy of this bad boy a few weeks ago, and I think that this could be their best record since Jane Doe. Check out the MP3 above and judge for yourself.
Their show with sunn O))) / Earth / Eagle Twin is little more than three weeks away (tix), and now Pelican has dropped a new MP3 for download from their LP, What We All Come To Need. Dig on "Strung Up From The Sky" above. Helmed by Chris Common (These Arms Are Snakes) in July and featuring appearances from Greg Anderson (sunn O))), Goatsnake, etc), Aaron Turner (Isis), Ben Verellen (Harkonen, Helms Alee), and Alan Epley (Life And Times), the new album is set to blast off at their new home, Southern Lord. Look for Pelican to hit the road with Black Cobra and Disappearer for a fall tour. Black Cobra also recently signed to Southern Lord.
As previously discussed, Kowloon Walled City, is currently prepping their new LP Gambling On The Richter Scale for release 9/29 on The Perpetual Motion Machine. Preorders for the new Kowloon Walled City are up here, but meanwhile, dig on one of the tracks from the LP, "Clockwork", above.
More on Teitanblood, Heims, Slow Southern Steel, Rise & Fall, Municipal Waste, Circle Of Dead Children, and many more as This Week in Metal continues...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva
That singer from Ceremony got ups, yo!
Did I brush shoulders with death during Converge's set? Nate Newton's swinging bass whizzing inches from my face, Jacob Bannon's foot on my hand as the crowd fought to tear me a part, nor Jacob's swinging microphone straight out of a Roger Daltrey/Who video caused my near collapse. It was a moment of deviant kismet; All of a sudden Jacob Bannon snapped his wrist and whipped the microphone cord causing it to coil around my neck only nanoseconds before a stage diver jumped squarely on top of me. Hanging by the mic cord, my feet were on the floor and my body was at 45 degrees, the crowd around me holding me up from behind. I could feel myself choking until a bouncer rushed over and unwrapped for the cord from my neck... Hung at a Converge show... I guess that one hasn't happened yet (luckily).
The bill for the evening was massive, filled with the Deathwish roster of past (Ceremony) and present (Rise & Fall, Coliseum, Pulling Teeth), save for Genghis Tron, Converge's tour mates from last year's trek with Baroness and The Red Chord. Unlike Justina (who shot the whole show), I arrived towards the end of Ceremony's set, missing Coliseum, Rise & Fall, and Pulling Teeth, unfortunately.
Genghis Tron and coordinated lighting rig played their first show of 2009 directly following Ceremony. They opened with the epic title track to their critically acclaimed LP, Board Up The House. Drum-machine centric bands such as The Austerity Program, Godflesh, and GT have a large hurdle to get over in heavy music; the fact that there isn't a human being smashing the kit behind them in a genre that depends on brutality is definitely a negative in the live setting. That said, Genghis Tron make the best of it, and Mookie is a passionate and energetic frontman. Justina managed to catch my favorite moment of their set on video (below)... a cover of "Bad Penny" by Big Black!
Converge hit the stage right around 12:30 AM, running through material spanning the length of their career including "Locust Reign" from their 1999 split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed, "Heartache", "Hellbound", "Eagles Become Vultures" (video below), "Last Light" and many others.
At one point during the show, a crazed "fan" slapped a bear hug on Jacon Bannon wrestling him from the stage and onto the crowd floor.
When Jacob finally got back on stage he remarked, "I don't even know what happened here. I'm like nervous to keep playing... should we keep playing?"
They did (no encores), finishing the evening with "Concubine" from Jane Doe and a special treat for the metalheads mixed in with the hardcore kids... a cover of "Wolverine Blues" by the mighty Entombed sung by John Petitbone (Himsa, Botch, Undertow). It was their "second time" performing the song. Jacob Bannon took a breather during that one.
I've seen Converge a lot, so I was hoping to hear a lot of new songs, ones I haven't seen them perform in a while, or anything else out of the ordinary. Unfortunately the new material was in limited supply, but the two new ones they did play bore the Converge seal of oddball drum fills, Swedish Death Metal guitar tone, and clear roots in hardcore. The Entombed cover in particular was a highlight for me... well, that and the whole not dying thing.
Converge are scheduled to hit the studio in May to record their new album, according to our recent interview with Jacon Bannon.
More pics & videos (from the whole show, 3/27 in Brooklyn), below...
by Black Bubblegum
Converge in Moscow (photo by Alexander Welsh)
Good news /
bad news / good news. Let's start with the bad news.
UPDATE: Genghis Tron said they will know for sure soon whether they will be playing this show or not. Stay tuned...
UPDATE 2: Genghis Tron are in fact also playing this show.
Even more good news: It's part of a seven date mini-tour leading up to the recording of their new long-player in May. Look for the follow-up LP to No Heroes to land on Deathwish/Epitaph later this year. Converge is also playing the embarassingly awesome Scion Rock Fest in Atlanta, GA.
In related news, the Supermachiner side project is back in print. Here's a little history on Supermachiner:
Supermachiner originally began as a collection of four track recordings by J. Bannon (Converge) in 1994. The music was much different than his known vocal work in Converge, having more in common with influences Swans, Bauhaus, and others... Along with the help of good friend Ryan Parker (Daltonic, Black Spot, The Jaded Salingers), the project was brought back to life in the winter of 1998...All Converge dates and a Coliseum video below...
The two entered the studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge) in the winter of 1999. During these sessions, Ballou also contributed a great deal to the material. The finished album titled "Rise Of The Great Machine" was released by the defunct Undecided label in 2000 (now out of print). After the album release, future projects were planned but never materialized...
"Rust" features the sought after "Rise of the Great Machine" tracks, as well as four track ghosts of forgotten songs, and other unique audio experiments. All of it showcasing the artistic spirit that made Supermachiner such a unique animal for the time. All the while foreshadowing the future marriage between the "post hardcore" and "shoe-gaze" genres that dominate today's avant garde/experimental music world.