Entries tagged with: Russian Circles
by Ian Chainey
Former Isis singer -- AND NOT A TERRORIST -- Aaron Turner has formed a new band with Baptists drummer Nick Yacyshyn and bassist Brian Cook (Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, Russian Circles). The trio have named themselves Sumac and will be releasing their debut, The Deal, on Profound Lore Records and SIGE Records in February 2015. To complete the mini-Hydra Head reunion -- Turner's label that released some of Cook's previous outfits -- Kurt Ballou mixed the album because of course he did. (Mell Dettmer, who has done work for Sunn 0))), was the producer.) You can find the track listing below.
According to Turner, this is no side project:
We are pursuing this as a fully functional band rather than side project, with plans to play live in the coming year and continue with further writing/recording thereafter.Might we suggest a tour with Mutoid Man? For old times' sake.
The The Deal tracklisting appears below...
photos by Di Lynn Ring
Russian Circles / KEN mode / Inter Arma @ Bowery Ballroom - 2/20/14
One of the best crossover-metal tours of the year so far swung through NYC when post-metal/post-rockers Russian Circles, furious post-hardcore rippers KEN mode and the psychedelic/black metal leanings of Inter Arma hit Bowery Ballroom this past Thursday (2/20) at Saint Vitus on Saturday (2/22). Both shows were sold out. A set of pictures from the Bowery show are in this post, and stay tuned for more in depth coverage of the Vitus show.
More pictures, and Russian Circles/KEN mode's setlists, below...
By Doug Moore
Russian Circles at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Russian Circles put out one of the most critically successful kinda-metal albums of 2013 in Memorial; they also toured pretty heavily on it, including a memoriable stop at Saint Vitus this spring.
It looks like they'll be coming back in February, with a killer support package to boot. The band just announced a six(ish)-week North American tour, with direct support from KEN mode and additional support from Inter Arma on most dates and Helms Alee for the tour's West Coast leg. The Inter Arma-fied version of this package will hit NYC twice: February 20 at Bowery Ballroom, and February 22 at Saint Vitus. Tickets aren't on sale at for either venue yet, but keep an eye out.
Both of these shows should absolutely rule. Russian Circles's spacious jams are built with live interpretation in mind. KEN mode and Inter Arma both released great albums of their own in 2013, and both spent virtually the entire year touring aggressively behind them (often together). Lineups don't get much more road-tested than this one.
Check out the complete set of dates and stream a Russian Circles jam from Memorial below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Deafheaven at 285 Kent in July (more by Lukas Hodge)
The discerning folks over at Amazon have announced their picks for the best albums, songs and artists of 2013, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City and Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe filled out the top three spots on their best albums list.
A bit more of a surprise was Deafheaven coming in sixteenth overall with Sunbather and landing "Best Hard Rock & Metal" honors in both the artist and album category--Russian Circles won "Best Hard Rock & Metal" song with "1776", stealing the trifecta that was just within Deafheaven's grasp. Sixteenth-best album of the year and best hard rock and metal album of the year on a huge site like Amazon is pretty high profile for Deafheaven, the San Francisco post-black metal band that still road warriors-up for shows at small clubs. But they've been on the big stage before--to be specific, for Apple's keynote announcement for the iPhone 5c, when the cover of Sunbather graced one of the five iPhones on the projection screen behind the presenter.
Check out the top 20 best albums according to Amazon below, compare that to more old school and indie retailer Rough Trade's list, and head over to Amazon to see what else they thought was a cut above...
by Wyatt Marshall
Russian Circles @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Russian Circles will release their fifth studio album, Memorial via Sargent House on October 29, and they've already released two songs from the album, including one with guest vocals from Chelsea Wolfe (with whom Russian Circles are currently touring Europe). Today Russian Circles released another song from Memorial, the massive and gorgeous "1777." Stream that below.
Meanwhile, Melvins recently streamed a new track, "City Dump," from their forthcoming album, Tres Cabrones. That album, Melvins' 19th, is out on November 5 and features original drummer Mike Dillard. Melvins recently celebrated their 30th anniversary with a massive tour which hit NYC in August. Did you go?
by Andrew Sacher
Chelsea Wolfe at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Chicago post-rock/post-metal band Russian Circles are set to release their fifth studio album, Memorial, on October 29 via Sargent House, and they've just revealed the album's title track. For this song, the instrumental band have tapped goth entrancer (and Sargent House labelmate) Chelsea Wolfe to provide lead vocals. It's a swirling, atmospheric cut that's more similar to Chelsea Wolfe's first two albums than most of Russian Circles' prior output. You can stream it (via Rolling Stone), along with another album track, "Deficit," below.
Chelsea Wolfe's own new album Pain Is Beauty is out now, and she's currently supporting it on a tour with the equally dark slowcore trio True Widow, whose new album Circumambulation is out now via metal label Relapse Records. Their tour hits NYC TONIGHT (9/13) at Bowery Ballroom, and Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Speaking of Sargent House and Bowery Ballroom, three of the label's bands, Tera Melos, Fang Island, and Zorch are touring together this fall, and will play Bowery Ballroom on October 30. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Song streams below...
As promised, we've been busy planning a surprise for Chicago this upcoming Lollapalooza weekend and it includes nine bands, two free shows, one not-free show and a lot of free beer. Join us at Ultra Lounge this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for headlining sets by Weedeater, The Thermals and Russian Circles. More details in the flyer above, and below....
Thursday's show, part of a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-sponsored tour, will set you back $15 and you're on your own for beverages, but Friday and Saturday are both free (the ticket price and the Sapporo!). The free shows are first come, first served (and 21+). No RSVP necessary.
Joining us and BV Chicago on Friday with The Thermals will be two bands both flying in just for this show from NYC. You'll get some fuzzy indie rock courtesy of Heliotropes and get to experience the lo-fi/indie pop punk sounds of Aye Nako. Saturday we keep it completely local with opening sets by instrumental rock quartet An Aesthetic Anaesthetic and Chicago's own Carbon Tigers. DJ Cool Hand Luke will keep the tunes going until 3am on Friday and Saturday night. Hope to see you there.
Lollapalooza (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza is coming to Chicago's Grant Park August 2nd, 3rd & 4th.
Like we did recently at Firefly (see HERE, HERE and HERE), BrooklynVegan will be set up each day of Lolla inside the Soundwave Tent from 1-3pm. If you look at the festival map, you'll see our space there right above the BMI Stage. That's where we'll be hosting live interviews and performances by a bunch of artists along with our stage hosts Billy Jones and the one and only Chris Gethard. Stay tuned for our full schedule next week to be posted on BrooklynVegan & BV Chicago, and can't wait to chow down with you in Chow Town (especially at the River Valley Ranch booth).
BrooklynVegan is also hosting a series of late shows that weekend in Chicago starting with the Weedeater show at Ultra Lounge on Thursday (tickets), Then comes a FREE Thermals show on Friday, and a FREE Russian Circles show on Saturday. More details about the last two will be posted on BV Chicago on Monday (follow @BVChicago on Twitter too).
Meanwhile it's only 7/26 while I'm typing this, and the festival we're excited about this weekend is in Rhode Island.
* pictures from Lollapalooza 2012
* Weedeater going on North American tour (dates, no NYC)
* Queens of the Stone Age playing a Lolla pre-show at Metro
* The Postal Service playing Metro during Lollapalooza
* Chance the Rapper playing a pre-Lolla Red Bull Sound Select show in Grant Park
photos & words by Caroline Harrison
Russian Circles @ Saint Vitus 4/1/2013
Russian Circles played Saint Vitus last night (April 1), supported by locals Primitive Weapons and Descender. The post-metal band played Highline Ballroom on their last headlining tour (and Radio City Music Hall recently), so it's no surprise that they sold out the Greenpoint bar long before any openers had been announced.
Descender's no-frills post-hardcore kicked off the evening. Primitive Weapons, down a guitarist, ripped through an energetic set on home turf (guitarist Arty Shepherd was actually working the bar that night). Russian Circles' lushly layered sound translates beautifully live. The band expertly weaves in samples and loops, without obscuring Dave Turncrantz's impassioned drumming or Brian Cook's distinctive bass lines (ex-Botch/These Arms Are Snakes).
Primitive Weapons play Music Hall of Williamsburg later this month (4/27) with Dillinger Escape Plan, the Faceless, and Royal Thunder. We'll be posting the RSVP info for that free show as soon as it's available. And if you missed their set last night, you can catch Descender again tonight (4/2) at Saint Vitus supporting Loma Prieta and Goodtime Boys (tickets).
More pictures and a video of the entire Russian Circles set are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Couple of important changes to note: Psychic Limb has been added to Floor/Thrones show at Saint Vitus on March 29, and tickets are still available but not for long. Call of the Void's previously discussed show has been moved to Left Field on March 25 (87 Ludlow).
Russian Circles at Saint Vitus is now sold out! Hope you got tickets.
Is KEN Mode responsible for the Brooklynization of metal? Check out the article, which neglects to mention the fact that Pitchfork covered metal for years before writer Brandon Stosuy moved the column to Stereogum.
Grind and Punishment has a must-read oral history on the great Anodyne.
That's it for this week. A list of all Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks, a stream of all of the new Iron Lung, along with streams of new Altar of Plagues and Uncle Acid, are below
Russian Circles at Bowery Ballroom (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
This is not an April Fools prank. BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges are proud to announce Russian Circles at Saint Vitus on April 1! Tickets are on sale. This announcement comes a few days after the band drew their tour with Coheed & Cambria/Between the Buried & Me to a close at Radio City Music Hall over the weekend (on March 16). Our friends at The Obelisk were there:
Generally speaking, I don't like big venues, big venue shows or big venue bands, but ...Russian Circles struck me as the one to catch.... Russian Circles emerged, their stage lit by two single lightbulbs on either side -- one in front of guitarist Mike Sullivan, one under the keyboard of bassist Brian Cook - and two floodlights behind drummer Dave Turncrantz...Don't miss them in a much more intimate setting and with a much more extensive setlist.
Russian Circles only played four songs, but in that time gave a fair sampling of their catalog. From 2008′s Station came opener "Harper Lewis," followed by the title-track from 2009′s Geneva, which led into "Mlàdek," the gallop-happy highlight from 2011′s Empros, and from 2006′s debut, Enter, the closer "Death Rides a Horse."
Between The Buried and Me at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Russian Circles will head out on a US tour supporting Coheed & Cambria, alongside support from Between the Buried and Me. The US tour, which kicks off in early February in DC, loops the country finishing up in NYC with a show at Radio City Music Hall on March 16. Ticket info is still forthcoming.
All tour dates are listed below, along with video from Russian Circles and Between the Buried and Me.
photos by Greg Cristman
Russian Circles / Chelsea Wolfe, Highline Ballroom 8/18/2012
Chicago's post-rock crew Russian Circles' tour with Chelsea Wolfe and Marriages came through NYC this weekend with a show at Meatpacking District's Highline Ballroom on Saturday (8/18). Pictures from that show are in this post. The three bands continue their tour, playing Montreal tonight (8/20).
In other news Chelsea Wolf will release an acoustic album this fall titled Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs. You can stream "The Way We Used to Be" from it at the bottom of this post and the album will be out October 16.
More pics from Highline Ballroom and the Chelsea Wolfe stream are below.
photos by Zach Pollack; words by Parker Langvardt
Boris / Russian Circles at Dickens, Sled Island 6/20/201
The sixth annual Sled Island festival is in full swing, happening at over 40 venues (and makeshift venues) all over Calgary, Alberta. Aircraft problems delayed our arrival till early evening on Wednesday, with barely enough time to check in to the hotel and the festival before heading over to Dickens for a Sargent House Records centric show.
Calgary metal outfit The Weir opened the sold out show with slow, sludgy doom, complete with growled vocals, dissonant riffing, and droning ambience.
Next up was Barrie, Ontario hard rock duo Indian Handcrafts who opened their set with a spoken word sample over slow, clean guitar. Then fast drumming came in, sending them into them into the heavy, distorted stoner rock of "Starcraft.". The band bantered about their hometown, causing audience members to yell that they had family there. Drummer Brandyn Aikins responded, "That's what everyone says," and proceeded to say, "My cousin's from there!" in a goofy, redneck Cookie Monster voice. Guitarist Daniel Allen then looked at Aikins and said, "Whistle!" and the pair began whistling to open "Centauri Teenage Riot." A split second before the song started, someone yelled, "Get a theremin!" and Allen responded, "No money!" right as they launched into the pulverizing main riff. Later on in the set, they were joined by a guest vocalist to cover Nirvana's "Negative Creep." They followed with the quick, punk-ish "Terminal Horse," which is featured in the promo video for their upcoming album, Civil Disobedience For Losers.
Belfast, Ireland instrumental rockers And So I Watch You From Afar delivered a positive and energetic performance. They opened with "BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION," which covers a broad spectrum of the band's styles -- crashing chords, tight, fast guitar melodies, and chill melodious sections. They opened with "Gang (starting never stopping)," following that with two songs from their EP Letters, "S is for Salamander" and "D is for Django the Bastard." ASIWYFA won't be there when the Russian Circles/Chelsea Wolfe/Marriages tour hits NYC at Highline Ballroom (8/18), but they play their own NYC show on July 27 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Chicago instrumentalists Russian Circles began with "309," blasting through the supercharged intro riff with several dramatic mood swings. Drummer Dave Turncrantz broke into the final, heaviest section before falling into the floor tom-based intro of "Harper Lewis," rather than the outro of "309." He occasionally added exaggerated rests in songs to play with the audience's expectation of their otherwise fairly precise representation of their recorded music. They followed with "Geneva," which is highlighted by a serpentine bassline that guitarist Mike Sullivan compliments with a bizarre Middle Eastern-like countermelody. The band then busted through the angular and twisting "Youngblood," kept up the momentum with their classic "Death Rides a Horse," and closed the show with "Mladek."
The night ended with a secret headlining set from Japanese rockers Boris, who played a publicized Sled Island show the next night (6/21) where they played their droning, psychedelic one-song album Feedbacker in its entirety. Boris have also added another Sled Island show at The Distillery tonight (6/22) with Banff, Alberta trio Lost.Book.Found, followed by the bluesy hard rock of Edmonton, Alberta's Black Mastiff, and the Vancouver progressive metal band Ancients.
Sled Island continues through Saturday, June 23 and more BV coverage of the fest is to come. More pictures from Wednesday night are below.
Russian Circles at Bowery Ballroom (more by BBG)
After that, the Chicago post-rock/hardcore/metal hybrid will team up with Chelsea Wolfe and Marriages for a string of dates out East, hitting Highline Ballroom on August 18th. Ticketing info is forthcoming.
For the unfamiliar, Marriages is Greg Burns and Emma Ruth Rundle of Red Sparowes, and they've lassoed in drummer Dave Turncrantz of Russian Circles to sit behind the kit during this set of dates. The band released their Kitsune EP earlier this year, and you can stream that in full below.
Russian Circles will team up with Deafheaven on a few of those dates on the West side, and Deafheaven will be in NYC on Friday to play the Show No Mercy/WIERD Northside Fest showcase at Saint Vitus.
A listing of all tour dates, streams and video are below.
The 2012 edition of Calgary, Alberta festival Sled Island is set to take place from June 20-23 at venues throughout the city. This year includes over 200 bands performing at 30 venues plus a large comedy schedule, film screenings, and art shows.
Sled Island 2012 will once again use outdoor venue Olympic Plaza as its main stage, featuring performances by Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Dudes, Shabazz Palaces, Parlovr, and others.
Acts including Russian Circles, Hot Snakes, The Antlers, Boris, Thurston Moore, Willis Earl Beal, Trust, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Terry Malts, Neil Hamburger, How To Dress Well, The Evaporators (aka Nardwuar's band), DJ Jonathan Toubin, Hannibal Buress, Andrew W.K., Tim Heidecker, Archers of Loaf, and many more will be performing at various bars and venues. Check out the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Full lineup and 2012 festival trailer below...
words & photos by BBG
Russian Circles @ Bowery Ballroom
I'm covered in drool and sweat from last night (11/14), but couldn't be happier. Besides a blown guitar head that hindered The Men's opening set, Russian Circles/Deafheaven's tour stop at Bowery Ballroom went spectacularly, featuring both touring bands in prime form. And if The Men weren't plagued by technical difficulty (I know what that band is capable of), the show could have possibly gone down as one of my favorites of the year.
The Men opened the show energetically, pulling material from their latest LP Leave Home. After borrowing a head from Deafheaven, the band ripped into three songs before trouble started to set in; the head would not work. After fumbling with it for one song and some awkward pauses, the band went into a final track before calling it a night.
"You're blowing our big chance!" the bassist jokingly said to his bandmates before sounding off for the evening. Disappointing set, but by no fault of their own... the band's rendition of "Think" from the new record was particularly ripping (one of the few songs they played from start to finish).
A fuse was replaced in guitarist Kerry McCoy's rig in between bands, and Deafheaven preceeded to wow the crowd with their screamo-infused take on black metal. Though the band was sporting a pair of new members (on guitar and drums), they sounded no worse for the change. In fact, by the time they really dug into the set-opener "Violet" (which we premiered in February), I was convinced that this was my favorite live outing from the band thus far (I have seen them at least four times by this point... at our SXSW parties and Cake Shop). Maybe it was my experience of seeing them on Bowery Ballroom's juggernaut-of-a-system, but the Bay Area band was in rare form last night.
Russian Circles batted clean-up, utilizing minimal stage lighting and counting on half a dozen light bulbs around stage to set the mood. The Chicago trio played an impressive set of hardcore-infused post-rock, equally as jaw-dropping as their Fun Fun Fun appearance amidst the sunset at Auditorium Shores. Russian Circles cannot make a bad album and in my experience, are incapable of a bad live show.
If you missed the show last night, do your best to get to Maxwell's tonight (11/15). Tickets are still on sale and surely The Men will have worked out their guitar head situation, and will definitely up the ante from an already impressive Bowery Ballroom show last night.
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom are below.
Total Control at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
In addition to their previously discussed dates with Thee Oh Sees, Australia's Total Control have added a third NYC date which is actually happening before the others. The band will team with The Men, Nude Beach & Kicking Spit at Saint Vitus on 11/16. Tickets are on sale OR you can roll the dice and try to win a pair! Details on how are below.
Meanwhile The Men, who are going to SXSW in March, will support Russian Circles and Deafheaven at Bowery Ballroom tonight (11/14) and Maxwell's tomorrow.
All tour dates, contest details, and some streaming audio, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Russian Circles (not Danzig) @ FFF Fest (more by BBG)
Post rockers Russian Circles released their most recent LP, Empros, on October 25 via Sargent House. Some of the album, especially the track "Miladek," which you can grab HERE, tends to cross over into the territory where post-rock meets emo and post-hardcore, similarly to The Appleseed Cast, though the sludgy guitars of their earlier albums still come through in full force. Though the majority of the album is instrumental, vocals do appear on the last track, "Praise Be Man." You can listen to the whole thing at Spotify.
Russian Circles are currently on a tour that just hit FFF Fest in Austin, and will come to the NYC-area for shows on November 15 at Bowery Ballroom and November 15 at Maxwell's with shoegazey San Francisco black metallers Deafheaven. The Men are also on both shows. Tickets are still on sale for the Bowery show and the Maxwell's show.
Updated dates below...
photos by BBG
Four stages and more. Fun Fun Fun Fest truly is non-stop fun of many varieties. BBG spent most of Friday at the Black Stage (the one Danzig headlined). His pictures, including Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Murder City Devils, Russian Circles and the afterparty at Red 7, continue below...
DOWNLOAD: Russian Circles - "Miladek" (MP3)
Russian Circles willl team with Deafheaven (whose former tourmates KEN Mode just played NYC) for a tour that includes a show at Bowery Ballroom on 11/14. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale on 10/7 at noon.
The tour hasn't been announced in full yet (UPDATE: it has now, dates updated below), but will also include an appearance at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest and a free show for FFF ticketholders on 11/5 at Red 7 with Boris as part of "Fun Fun Fun Nites", a string of post-festival after parties with a lineup almost as venerable as the fest itself. Full details on FFF Nites are below and tickets for Fun Fun Fun Fest are still available. BrooklynVegan is a proud sponsor of at least one party during FFF Nites, details are forthcoming.
Before Russian Circles hits the road for those dates, they'll be in readying the release of Empros, the band's new LP and follow-up to the awesome Geneva due on 10/25 via Sargent House. The LP features "Mladek" which is available for download above. LP art and album details are below.
Reminder: Boris plays Irving Plaza on 10/27.
More details on FFF Nites, as well as all known Russian Circles dates are below.
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
Boris, in pillow and undergarment form
Boris's new LP offerings Attention Please and Heavy Rocks (2011) represent a bit of a stylistic change for the ever-shifting Japanese band. As such, they've recruited some bands outside of the usual suspects in their upcoming North American tour announced today. Boris, who is currently in the EU with Russian Circles, will hit the road in the US for dates with Asobi Seksu, Tera Melos, True Widow (who play Union Pool in August), Master Musicians of Bukkake, Liturgy and others in October. Full tour schedule is below, including an NYC date with Asobi Seksu and Liturgy at Irving Plaza on 10/27. Ticketing info is forthcoming.
All tour dates and a video for Boris's "Hope/Riot Sugar" (a song from each new LP in a single video) is below. For all of you superfans, keep a lookout for Boris - Attention Please underwear and/or pillows (above) which go on presale on 7/30.
words and photos by BBG
The Animosity lineup of Corrosion of Conformity played all of their Animosity LP at Highline Ballroom on Sunday (10/10) with one-off help from Today is The Day, Keelhaul, and The Ghosts of Saturday Night (who I missed). The three piece headliner (Mike Dean/Reed Mullin/Woody Weatherman) ripped out jams from the fave LP while sprinkling in new material along the way. Look for that soon on Southern Lord.
Today Is The Day is currently writing new material for their forthcoming LP on Black Market Activities/Metal Blade Records. The band now features Ryan and Curran of Wetnurse in addition to TITD mastermind Steve Austin.
In related news, Wetnurse will play Fontana's on 10/23 with Powerglove, Meek is Murder, Pack of Wolves, Batillus, and The Binary Code. The show kicks off at 4PM, 3 hours before the kick off of the Official BV-BBG showcase at Union Pool with The Body, Cough, Inter Arma, and Royal Thunder. The Fontana's show is one of two for presenters MetalSucks & 1000 Knives who are also bringing A Life Once Lost, Baptized in Blood, and Carbomb to Europa on 10/20 (tickets).
Keelhaul is done opening for CoC dates for now, and will hit the road next weekend for a string of dates with Russian Circles and Call Me Lightning (none in NYC). Those tour dates, as well as more pictures and video from Highline are below...
words by BBG, photos by Greg Cristman
I don't know where you were on Friday night, but if it wasn't at the sold-out Boris and Torche show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, I feel bad for you....If there is a US band that the diametric opposite of humorless/boring on stage, it's the touring-as-a-four-piece (do I smell a trend?) Torche. The Florida band supported Boris and Russian Circles at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (8/6) as part of the ongoing Blackened Music series - one of three killer metal shows going on that night: Cynic, Intronaut, and Dysrhythmia played Bowery Ballroom, and a later afterparty of Keelhaul/My America shindig at Acheron was a similary good time. The MHOW show doubled as a coming out party for the oft-delayed Boris/Torche split, out now on the venerable Hydra Head Recordings.
Torche's set was great. Melodic doom? If I had to guess, I'd say Torche might be the heaviest band playing in standard tuning. And if that's not standard tuning [ED: it definitely isn't], these guys play a lot of happy chords, but can still run a nasty bass line underneath for a giant cosmic explosion at the end. I'm not sure if a lot of bands not Boris ever used Boris' equipment, but Torche was allowed and it sounded great. My one complaint was the music could stand on its own without singing, maybe even profit from less.
Boris opened with "Farewell." The set was up and down in terms of slow beautiful Boris songs to fast crazy-as-hell Boris songs. I think sometimes the audience wanted more of the latter, but "Rainbow" with hired gun Michio Kurihara's guitar shredding and Wata's "16:47:52" were highlights for me. I was standing near Wata because I'm in love with her. She's so serious! I've seen Boris plenty of times and for some reason I always describe the sets as a lot of fun and Boris is not like U.S. metal bands-the members actually have a lot of fun. I don't know why I say these things because Wata, Michio and Takeshi are expressionless. Japanese metal stoicism?...
...When I see Boris play, I'm embarrassed for the entire U.S. metal scene. -[NY Press]
More pictures from MHOW below...