Entries tagged with: Royal Thunder
by Doug Moore
Monster Magnet at MHoW (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bad news, Monster Magnet folk: according to the band's publicist, frontman Dave Wyndorf has the flu, which means that the remaining shows of their tour with with Royal Thunder and Zodiac have been cancelled, including their 12/14 date at the Bowery Ballroom here in NYC. According to the venue's site, refunds are available. If you really feel like bumming yourself out, check out Invisible Oranges' enthusiastic writeup of the tour's Chicago date.
The full list of cancelled dates is below.
By Doug Moore
Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.
Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.
In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.
Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.
by Doug Moore
We announced a few months back that Monster Magnet will be releasing a new album, Last Patrol, on October 15 via Napalm Records. (Preorder it here.) The band will tour North America for the first time in ten years in support of the album, but when we last touched on it, no openers had been announced.
That's all been cleared up. Looks like Monster Magnet will rely on relentless road dogs Royal Thunder (who have played NYC more than once this year), with help from Zodiac, for support. The tour brings all three bands to NYC on December 14 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are still available.
On top of that, Monster Magnet has debuted a second new jam, called "Mindless Ones", from their upcoming effort (via Crave). Stream both new MM songs and check out the full list of tour dates below.
by Bill Pearis
The Polyphonic Spree at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As you may know, Bonnaroo is happening this weekend in Manchester, TN, kicking off today (6/13) and going through Sunday (6/16) across a dozen or so stages and tents. Everybody knows about the big names -- that include Paul McCartney, Bjork, Tom Petty and many more (stream it live) -- but there are some cool things going on away from the main stages, too
The Polyphonic Spree (who played a BVSXSW day party this year) play the Cinema Tent tonight (6/13) at 11 PM, performing The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack in its entirety (!). Then the band are doing a second secret Bonnaroo set at 2 AM by the Fountain.
There's actually a lot of cool stuff going on in the Cinema Tent. Matt & Kim will host a panel discussion called "How to Make a Fun Music Video" where they'll also perform live (Thursday, 4:30 PM); Mike Birbiglia (who performs in the Bonnaroo Comedy Theatre) will present his terrific film Sleepwalk with Me (Friday, 5:45 PM); Reno 911/The State folks Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will show their new comedy, Hell Baby (Friday, 11:55 PM); Police Academy human sound effects machine Michael Winslow will perform on Friday (9:10 PM); and The National's Matt Berninger will present the new documentary, Mistaken For Strangers (6/16, noon).
Chris Gethard, who famously walked to Bonnaroo from L.A. last year, will be doing a bunch of things there this year:
Last year I did The Chris Gethard Show which is an experimental, crazy thing, but this time it's just stand-up. I have a pretty in-depth exploration of my Bonnaroo experience last year that I may tell on stage and see how the crowd likes it. I would call my act stand-up but I'm less of a joke writer and more on the confessional, philosophizing or whatever end. They're true stories. I'm playing Thursday and Friday. Then Saturday I'm hosting a look at public access TV with clips from my show and other public access shows that inspired mine. Things like Uncle Floyd--which I grew up with in New Jersey--and Chic-a-Go-Go from Chicago. Also, clips from my favorite prank call footage on various public access shows. And a lot of it will be clips from The Chris Gethard Show that I'm really proud of. But overall I just want to have fun and meet a lot more people. - [Fuse]Other comedy things -- besides what BV's Klaus Kinski already wrote about -- include The Improvised Shakespeare Company, who combine improv comedy with Elizabethan theatre, will be performing with Bob Saget for two performances on Sunday. Should be interesting.
There's good music away from the three main stages too: Deer Tick cohort Jonny Fritz (formerly Corndawg) will be tonight (New Music On Tap Lounge, 10 PM) and Friday (Sonic Stage, 12:45 PM); Ex Cops play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Friday at 8 PM; Canada's awesome White Lung play the Cafe Where? stage on Sunday at 7:45 PM; and Georgia rockers Royal Thunder play the New Music On Tap Lounge on Sunday at 8 PM. And look out for Mac DeMarco all over the place.
And last but not least, John Oates is the butt of a lot of good-natured ribbing, but you'll get to hear his side of the story when he performs and participates in a Q&A on the Solar Stage on Friday at 5 PM. Here's you chance to learn the real story behind "Maneater" without constant interjections by Daryl Hall.
Check out the full Bonnaroo Schedule (scroll down, down down for smaller stages) for more.
Portland festival MusicFestNW is returning this year to multiple Portland venues from September 3-8 with a ton of bands including Animal Collective, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Superchunk, Deerhunter, Charles Bradley, Shuggie Otis, Joey Bada$$, Bonnie Prince Billy, Chromatics, Glass Candy, Flume, Youth Lagoon, Washed Out, The Thermals, TItus Andronicus, Bob Mould, Baroness, Austra, Ty Segall, The Bronx, The Men, Mount Eerie, White Lung, and many more. Ticket info is coming soon.
Initial lineup below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Its great to hear that Baroness is officially back on the road, but with today's announcement we see how serious this tour will be. The band, which now features John Baizley, Pete Adams, Nick Jost and Sebastian Thomson, have added dates for most of the summer, including two legs of US dates, the last of which will include Irving Plaza on August 14 with Royal Thunder. Tickets go on sale Friday. May 17 at 10AM with a Citi Cardmember presale beginning Wednesday (5/15) at 10 AM.
photos by Rebecca Reed
DEP @ MHOW, 4/27/2013
Converse Rubber Tracks Live returned on Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg (4/27), snagging strobe-loving math-core greats The Dillinger Escape Plan along with an assist from The Faceless, Royal Thunder and locals Primitive Weapons. The show was one stop on their current tour, which will roll through North American through most of next month.
The Dillinger Escape Plan are readying One of Us is the Killer for their new home Party Smasher/Sumerian. The band opened the MHoW set with the new track "Prancer" from the new LP. Head below for the rest of the setlist, as well as more photos from MHWW.
The Polyphonic Spree at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Progressive pop cult The Polyphonic Spree have a bunch of festival dates scheduled for this spring/summer and they'll also be touring around those fests, playing a number of club dates throughout the US. Those dates include NYC shows happening on July 9 at Music Hall of WIlliamsburg and July 10 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/1) at noon.
The Polyphonic Spree were also among the recent additions to this year's Bonnaroo lineup. Other additions include Solange, White Lung, Mac DeMarco, Black Prairie, Maps & Atlases, Royal Thunder, William Tyler, Cat Martino, On An On, Bilal and more. 4-Day passes for the festival are still available.
All Polyphonic Spree dates are listed, along with a full list of the Bonnaroo lineup additions and a video of the Polyphonic Spree covering Nirvana's "Lithium" at our BV-SXSW day party (one of our greatest moments at SXSW this year), below...
by Fred Pessaro
As discussed, The Dillinger Escape Plan is proclaiming One of Us is the Killer with a brand new LP, celebrating it with a set of new dates with The Faceless and Royal Thunder. Brooklyn's date at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 27th will also feature a set by Converse Rubber Tracks recording artists Primitive Weapons and a DJ set by yours truly. The Brooklyn show is totally free/open to the public, but you need to RSVP aka grab a free ticket. They become available at noon on Wednesday (4/10),
The Brooklyn show is part of the ongoing Converse Rubber Tracks Live series. The last one was with Vivian Girls, Widowspeak, Heliotropes and Eternal Summers.
DEP recently dropped a new tour promo, as well as a snippet from their forthcoming LP. Check them both out below along with all tour dates and a short documentary on Primitive Weapons and Saint Vitus...
Inter Arma at Invisible Oranges SXSW 2013 day party (more by Greg Cristman)
After part of the docket was revealed last week, Scion Rock Fest have announced the entirety of their 2013 lineup which happens in Memphis Tennessee on June 1. Testament and Melvins claim the top slots, while additional bands announced for the fest are Municipal Waste, Whitechapel, The Obsessed (!), Corrosion of Conformity, The Casualties, Negative Approach, Pallbearer, Six Feet Under, Impaled, Vision of Disorder, Royal Thunder, Vektor, Arsis, A Life Once Lost, Touché Amoré, Code Orange Kids, The Gates of Slumber, Hot Lunch, Rotting Out, The Shrine, Ice Dragon, Call of the Void (who recently played NYC), Subrosa, Gigan, Anciients, Dirty Streets, Inter Arma, Complete Failure, Indian Handcrafts and Noisem.
SRF is free but RSVP (which opens on April 10) is required.
In related news, Inter Arma, who recently played the Invisible Oranges Day Party at The Jr (pictures HERE), have been announced, along with Sannhet, as support for the NYC date of the Intronaut tour, set for Saint Vitus on June 15. Tickets are on sale.
If you missed it, pictures from the official Invisible Oranges SXSW night showcase are available HERE, featuring shots of Pallbearer, John Baizley with Mel from Royal Thunder and Bruce Lamont, Mutilation Rites, Full of Hell, KEN Mode and Homewrecker.
Check out a video from Inter Arma's daytime set below...
by Bill Pearis, Fred Pessaro and Andrew Sacher
Savages @ CMJ 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
SXSW gets underway today (3/13) in earnest, with 83,207 bands* playing SXSW this year. Trying to figure out who to see can be an overwhelming feeling. (Actually, just standing on 6th St. on Friday night is an overwhelming feeling.) Hopefully this post will give you some inspiration if you're among the throngs of people. Or maybe just some new stuff to listen to if you're not there.
Of course you could just hang out at all our day parties (our first starts at noon today!) and evening showcases, as we're really proud of our line-ups. But there are bands who we are pumped to see who aren't playing too. So here are 40 bands we're genuinely pumped to see in Austin this week. We made a Spotify playlist of all the bands (at least the ones on the service) you can stream below.
Check out our list below...
*not the actually number of showcasing bands. But it feels accurate.
As you know, BrooklynVegan is returning to Austin for SXSW this year and throwing four days of day parties at The Main & The Jr aka 603 Red River Street at the corner of 6th aka the old Emo's location. Those happen Wed (3/13), Thurs, Fri and Saturday (3/16). All shows are 100% FREE with RSVP.
by Fred Pessaro
Today is the Day at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Invisible Oranges, in association with BrooklynVegan and my forthcoming Noisey video show Heavy Dicks, are proud to present the first annual Invisible Oranges day party during SXSW 2013! IO & HD take over the indoor stage at the old Emo's at 6th & Red River aka The Jr on March 15, as part of the four days of two-stage BV parties at the venue. The free show, running from noon until 6PM, will feature the following bands:
March 15, 2013 @ The Jr, Austin, TXThe show is 100% FREE and we'll have FREE Invisible Oranges shirts for the first 50 people in the door thanks to American Apparel, who will also be on-site giving away other free stuff all day at the party. Complimentary drinks courtesy of Jameson while supplies last, free vegan tacos courtesy of Pink Avocado while supplies last, and free vegan nachos courtesy of Food For Lovers.
Today is the Day
Pallbearer (also playing the official IO/BV showcase)
We also want to thank M for Montreal, mophie, Onkyo, Vox, Blackstar, Korg, Redigi, Zico, ASCAP, Mirrored Media, and Mail Chimp for assistance in making this a FREE event. RSVP for the show HERE. SXSW Badges are also welcome.
Today is the Day, Black Tusk and KEN Mode are currently on a North American tour, and will play Saint Vitus tonight (3/6) and 3/8 at The Studio at Webster Hall. The package tour also puts Fight Amp on both NYC dates.
"Heavy Dicks" is a new show premiering on Noisey in the coming months that is centered around metal. (Full disclosure: I'm one of the hosts.) Check out the trailer for the show alongside a new Today is the Day video for "Sick of Your Mouth," below....
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Dillinger Escape Plan art by Brian Montouri
As discussed, The Dillinger Escape Plan have set aside a show for NYC in late April in celebration of One of Us is the Killer, the band's new LP (art above). But now comes word that said tour has expanded by leaps and bounds, adding multiple dates and support from The Faceless and Royal Thunder. Look for Primitive Weapons to provide the assist for the Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 27, which will also feature between set DJing by yours truly (Fred Pessaro). This Converse Rubber Tracks Live show is FREE and open to the public with RSVP (forthcoming).
A list of all tour dates for DEP, The Faceless and Royal Thunder is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Royal Thunder at MHoW, Dec 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
All tour dates are listed below along with the "Blue" video.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
""There ain't no pioneers/I just sort what I like from what's already there" #MonsterMagnet" - Ted Leo
Monster Magnet / Royal Thunder / White Hills
Monster Magnet performed all of their fan favorite Spine of God as part of a select set of dates that included Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (12/14). Pictures, video and the setlist from that Brooklyn show, which included support from Royal Thunder and White Hills, are in this post. More below....
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, September 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Decibel Magazine has compiled their annual list of top 40 albums of the year. As usual, there are some surprises but the 2012 top ten is basically a list of nine veterans with only a single newcomer to the bunch. The full list of top records of the year according to Decibel Magazine is below, along with a tweet from the winning band. Buy your copy HERE.
Royal Thunder at BV-BBG CMJ 2012, (more by Nate "Igor" Smith)
Royal Thunder's ongoing tour with ASG and Corrosion of Conformity came to Brooklyn for a show at Saint Vitus on Saturday night (11/10). Watch Some video from that NYC appearance below along with the list of remaining dates.
Speaking of their dates, they now have even more. Look for Royal Thunder to support Monster Magnet at their upcoming string of Spine of God dates, including Music Hall of Williamsburg on December 14 with White Hills (tickets) and Starland Ballroom on December 15 (tickets).
Updated tour dates and video from Saint Vitus below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Corrosion of Conformity at Tone Deaf SXSW 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Corrosion of Conformity are prepping to reissue their 1984 crossover-thrash debut, Eye for an Eye, via Candleight on November 6. Remastered, repackaged and including the EP Six Songs With Mike Singing, the title will see a limited-to-1000 release in North America. Stream that in full below.
photos by Nate "Igor" Smith; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Yakuza / Royal Thunder @ Saint Vitus, 10/20/2012
Fueled by Sailor Jerry's spiced rum and PBR (both were free for a limited time), the BrooklynVegan - BBG CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/20 (a measly $5 door fee at the door if you didn't have a CMJ badge), sold-out the venue with an eclectic mix of bands that exemplified "heavy music" in many different ways: the searing post-rock/post-hardcore/black metal of Sannhet, brooding cello loops by Helen Money, crusty metallic-hardcore from Enabler, Am-Rep-y hardcore by Fight Amp, searing bluesy hard rock from Royal Thunder and experi-metal from Chicago's Yakuza (check out our recent interview with Bruce Lamont). It was all six bands' only CMJ show.
If you missed Royal Thunder (shame on you), you can still catch them on tour with COC.
Special thanks goes out to Saint Vitus, Sailor Jerry, PBR, Raw Rev and Mercy for help making the show a reality. More pictures and video from Saint Vitus, though unfortunately no pictures of the amazing Sannhet, below...
Bruce Lamont of Yakuza, with Bloodiest, Aug 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Chicago experi-metal-ists Yakuza are welcoming their new monster, Beyul, via the venerable Profound Lore Records next week (specifically, 10/16). The record is currently available for preorder and "The Last Day" from the record can be found at Pitchfork, but now you can stream the entire Beyul record in full below!
Yakuza have two dates scheduled in celebration of the LP, a record release show in Chicago with Dysrhythmia on 10/16 at Empty Bottle and the official BV-BBG CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus on 10/20 with Royal Thunder, Enabler, Fight Amp, Helen Money and Sannhet. Tickets are still available and $5 (or use your CMJ badge), plus complementary PBR/Sailor Jerry/Mercy drink while supplies last.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Yakuza at Gramercy, October 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
I am proud to announce the official BV-BBG CMJ showcase, going down in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus on October 20th! The show will feature six bands, all of which will be exclusive to this show:
Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY October 20, 2012:Headlined by avant-garde metal favorites Yakuza featuring frontman Bruce Lamont, the show marks the band's first appearance in NYC in two years, this time to celebrate the release of their new LP Beyul, due on 10/16 via Profound Lore. Royal Thunder's return engagement is their first since a jaw-dropping appearance at Knitting Factory last month, and the noise-punk stylings of Fight Amp, the vicious crusty hardcore of Enabler, cello-explorations from Helen Money and Brooklyn post-rock/hardcore favorites Sannhet round out the night. Tickets are on sale and a paltry $5 or you can use your CMJ badge (a limited amount of badges will be let in, first come, first served).
Yakuza (only East Coast appearance)
While you're at the show, make sure and take advantage of the complimentary Pabst Blue Ribbon and Sailor Jerry rum, while supplies last, And take advantage of drink specials for both on through the night! Oh, and to save you afterwards, we'll also be serving free Mercy hangover prevention.
Listen to all the bands below...
Royal Thunder at Knitting Factory, 9/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Corrosion of Conformity will head out on a US tour in November and December, separated into two legs leading up to Thanksgiving and the holidays. The first leg of dates will hit the East Coast with ASG and Royal Thunder including a stop at Saint Vitus on November 9. Tickets are on sale.
words and photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Brett of Pallbearer at Knitting Factory, 9/11/2012
The Pallbearer/Royal Thunder steamroller came into town on Tuesday (9/11), hitting Knitting Factory as part of their set of BrooklynVegan-sponsored dates together. Joining the pair were Richmond favorites, sludgy-black metal crew Inter Arma and NYC's Kings Destroy, the former of which used the NYC date as a tour kick-off. Pictures and video of all bands from Knitting Factory are below.
As before, Pallbearer's set focused on their lone LP Sorrow & Extinction, and included a final jam to close out the evening. Royal Thunder was similarly, and some ways more, impressive in their showing, with frontwoman Mel alternating between belting out blues vocals and ripping a primal scream. The CVI songs, which I love in the first place, sound much more regal and powerful live.
The remainder of the bill was similarly great. Inter Arma, as usual, played a taut set of entirely new material that will appear on their forthcoming Relapse debut. Look for that. And Kings Destroy, who have just returned from a tour in the EU, set the standard for the evening by playing their ozzy-influenced doom jams to open things up.
All pictures and video is below.