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Jucifer at Union Pool, July 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)

Jucifer is resurrecting their Nadir demo with a deluxe reissue on vinyl via Mutants of the Monster/Handshake Inc. Originally dropped on cassette only in 1994, Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer) has restored/remastered the effort, with Brad Boatwright (From Ashes Rise) mastering for vinyl. Check out a video for "Prime" from the release below and look out for the band's sixth full-length due via MoTM/Nomadic Fortress in 2013.

For the unaware, the MoTM label is headed up by CT of Rwake while Nomadic Fortress is run by Jucifer.

Check out that video and a list of all tour dates, because Jucifer never leaves the road, below.

Continue reading "Jucifer reissues 'Nadir,' check out the video for "Prime" "

photos by Samantha Marble

Church of Misery
Church of Misery

While a bummer that Rwake cancelled their appearance at Cameo on Friday (they would play MDF though), the night was no less heavy, featuring a headlining appearance from the great Church of Misery with The Gates of Slumber and newly added Evoken.

Church of Misery and Gates of Slumber are currently on a trek, having played Maryland Deathfest over Memorial Day Weekend (pictures from that appearance), and will hit Chaos in Tejas later this week. All Church of Misery tour dates are below, along with more pictures from Friday night's Cameo show.

Continue reading "Church of Misery played Cameo with The Gates of Slumber & Evoken, but not Rwake (pictures)"

by BBG

Saint Vitus
Maryland Death Fest

Arguably the centerpiece of the entire Maryland Deathfest lineup was the return of the UK doom juggernaut Electric Wizard (pictures HERE), so suffice it to say that a large portion of the Sunday (on 5/28) roster leaned in that direction. Doom legends Saint Vitus headlined the second stage that night, while the bluesy Church of Misery, glacially-paced Cough, zen-like Yob and eclectic Rwake all represented for the genre.

The rest of the day fell all over the map, from speedy straight-edge to grind, black metal to crust, and death metal of the technical and primitive sorts. The odd-experimentalism of Bethlehem caught my ear the most, but sets from the always entertaining Suffocation, Disma, Pentagram (black/thrash from Chile), Ulcerate, Mortuary Drape and Agents of Abhorrence were similarly fun. I unfortunately arrived too late to catch Backslider or Coke Bust. Demonical's old school Swedish death metal sounded excellent but didn't put on much of a live show and my flirtation with Morgoth was interrupted in favor of Rwake's full set.

More pictures from the final day at Maryland Deathfest is below. If you missed it, check out pictures from day 1 HERE (and Rorschach HERE), day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest Day 4: Saint Vitus, Mortuary Drape, Bethlehem, Rwake, Church of Misery, Disma and more"

by BBG

Converge at MHoW (more by Johnathan McPhail)

As previously mentioned, Old Man Gloom (mem. Converge and Isis) have expanded their East Coast tour that will culminate at a show at Europa with The Austerity Program and Psychic Limb.

Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has announced plans to release a split under the moniker Wear Your Wounds with Revelator (Ben Chisholm of Chelsea Wolfe's backing band) on the other side.

We've already mentioned how Converge has been added to a monumental show with Rorschach and Xaddax (who are throwing a record release show on Tuesday at DBA).

It might be cause of today's status as an unofficial holiday of sorts, but there are a hefty amount of shows going on in the next few days... one bigger show that has seemingly flown under the radar is sweep-picking death-metal lunatics Origin with Cattle Decapitation, Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, Battlecross, Face of Ruin at Europa on April 24th. Tickets are still available, OR you can try and win a pair. Details are below. The show is part of a larger tour for the band and dates are also below.

On their way to Chaos in Tejas, The Mob (UK) will stop into Brooklyn to play Death By Audio on May 29th. The UK anarcho-punk band will be joined by Sickoids, Nomad, and Anasazi at the venue, and it'll set you back $10 at the door.

Speaking of release parties, Levil Uniform, the skater/extreme music zine, will be throwing a shownext friday at the Grand Victory for their fifteenth issue with local crew Syphilitic Lust and others playing through out the night. That same night, the great Hank Wood & The Hammerheads will bless Don Pedro's.. details are below.

Obnoxiously fun punk band Beer & Cable will officially christen the recently relaunched Acheron on May 5th as part of a show with The Regressives, Agitator, ZTs and Trepanning.

Some interesting additions to some May shows also happened this week. Meek Is Murder was tacked onto the coming Tournament show at Acheron on 5/4, while the supporting bill for the previously discussed Power Trip bill was fleshed out to include Crushed and Brain Slug.

More suggested shows, a stream of the new Rwake 7" (which only be available at their merch booth for Maryland Deathfest X, don't forget about their NYC show), a Code Orange Kids video, Homewrecker featuring Dylan Walker from Full of Hell, and a Black Breath video from their latest LP is below (don't forget about their NYC show). What did I miss?

Continue reading "Evillive (Old Man Gloom, Origin, Rwake, The Mob, Code Orange Kids, Black Breath)"

by BBG

Church of Misery

Church of Misery's signature blend of doom, sludge and sawed-off blues will spread its scattershot across the US surrounding their appearances at Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas. Starting on May 24th, the band will hit the road for a string of BrooklynVegan-presented dates with a rotating cast of Rwake (who also plays MDF), Hail! Hornet and The Gates of Slumber (both of which also play Chaos in Tejas). Make sure and catch the NYC date at Cameo on May 25th with Rwake and The Gates of Slumber. Tickets are on sale.

All dates, the tour flyer and some video below.

Continue reading "Church of Misery schedule a US tour with Rwake, Hail! Hornet, and The Gates of Slumber (dates)"

by BBG

Dixie Dave of Weedeater at Europa (more by BBG)

BrooklynVegan is proud to present the inaugural US tour of Hail! Hornet, the Southern supergroup consisting of "Dixie" Dave Collins (Weedeater, Buzzov*en), Erik Larson (Alabama Thunderpussy, Parasytic), Vince Burke (Beaten Back to Pure) and T-roy Medlin (Sourvein, Buzzov*en). The quartet recently released their second LP Disperse The Curse via Relapse and you can stream it in its entirety below.

In addition, the tour will feature TWO other notable appearances: Zoroaster (who play NYC next week with Black Cobra) and a screening of the excellent Slow Southern Steel which was directed by CT of Rwake (and which made its East Coast debut in August). Full tour dates are below, including Europa in Brooklyn on 2/8. Tickets for that show are $15/17 DOS and will be on sale soon.

If you missed it, Rwake's Rest made both the Decibel and Pitchfork favorites of the year.

All tour dates, that Hail! Hornet stream and the tour flyer, below...

Continue reading "Hail! Hornet hitting the road with Slow Southern Steel movie"

by BBG

Tombs at BV-Rocks Off Official CMJ Showcase 2011 (more by Jonathan McPhail)

Decibel released their list of the best LPs of 2011. The list features a few repeat offenders and not too many surprises. One record listed technically came out in 2010 (and made my list of favorites that year). You can check out the full thing below. What record do you think they left off?

Continue reading "Decibel Magazine's Top 40 of 2011"

photos by Markus Shaffer, words by BBG

Hull @ Mercury Lounge

Hull is currently on the road with The Fucking Wrath, and is also scheduled to play a Fun Fun Fun Fest Nite show in Austin with Toxic Holocaust and Pushmen at Red 7 on 11/3.

Hull have also been added to the previously mentioned Doomriders / Eyehategod show on December 4th at Europa with Knight Terror.

Hull recently played Mercury Lounge with Rwake as part of their Record Release celebration, and Union Pool as part of the Tee Pee CMJ Showcase. Time Out reports on CMJ:

By my count, my CMJ 2011 consisted of 13 metal sets. Not every one was great, but what impressed me overall was the willingness many of the bands displayed to cut across the genre's constrictive sub-borders. Locals Raspberry Bulbs and Tombs--whom I caught, respectively, at Saint Vitus on Tuesday and on Rock Off's East River-faring Jewel on Saturday--each drew on black metal; but while the former spiked the style with grimy punk, the latter took a more expansive and emotive path. Likewise, Norway's Kvelertak (who also played the Jewel) juxtaposed dire metalcore breakdowns with primitive, almost Queens of the Stone Age-ish rock & roll. Best of all, though, was Hull, a local quintet that toggled gracefully between doom and thrash stylings. On Friday night at Union Pool, the band's riffs, ground out by a trio of heavy-bearded six-stringers, rolled forth from the stage like massive boulders, and its stage presence oozed conviction; these were players who had clearly pored over everything from Sabbath to Mastodon, synthesizing their research into epic treatises on the nature of heavy. --Hank Shteamer
Here is a second set of pictures from Hull's Mercury Lounge show. They continue below...

Continue reading "Hull played CMJ, added to Eyehategod show (here's a second set of pics from Mercury Lounge)"

photos by Greg Cristman, additional Rwake photos & words by BBG

Rwake / Hull (by Greg Cristman)

"Hey man, I'm Gravy," he said as he shook my hand.

The man was guitarist Kris Graves of Rwake. I wondered whether that nickname came from his abilities as a guitarist and where he is from (the comfort-food lovin' South - specifically Little Rock, Arkansas), or if it was simply a play on his last name. I'd like to think the former, judging by the soulful and unique sludge-doom of Rwake at Mercury Lounge last night (10/10).

Rwake were in town to help celebrate the release of Hull's Beyond The Lightless Sky, out today via The End Records. Though performing as a five-piece due to the absence of keyboardist/vocalist Brittany Fugate (aka "B"), Rwake performed favorites like "Crooked Rivers" next to material from the new record Rest, out now via Relapse. The show, which ended past midnight, was the only current East Coast date for Rwake until a scheduled appearance at MDF.

Hull's focus was Beyond The Lightless Sky, performing the LP in its entirety with assists credited to Sarah of Bezoar, Joe Merolla (Death First), and Fade Kainer (Batillus). Their hour-long set featured tribal drums, synth/noise textures, and (quite clearly) a wall of loud rumbling 4x12s.

Primitive Weapons were the first band of the night after a DJ set from yours truly, bringing their sludge-influenced post-hardcore to a 2/3 packed room that filled significantly by the end of their last overdriven note. Pictures of them, Hull, and Rwake await below...

Continue reading "Rwake, Hull & Primitive Weapons played Merc (pics)"

by BBG


BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that fresh off of the release of Rest, Little Rock sludge-doom titans Rwake have been added to our show at Mercury Lounge on 10/10, as part of Hull's previously discussed record release party! The show is a rare one-off for Rwake and a prelude to the band's upcoming appearance at MDF. Tickets for the Mercury Lounge show as well as MDF tickets, are on sale.

As mentioned, the suprise Rwake visit is part of a celebration of Hull's Beyond The Lightless Sky, the band's new LP due on The End on 10/11. Shortly after the release of the LP, HULL will hit the road for a string of US dates with The Fucking Wrath that will bring them into late November. Full tour schedule is below, along with a full album stream of Rwake's Rest.

Continue reading "Rwake coming to town to play w/ Hull before MDF, Hull touring w/ The Fucking Wrath (dates)"

by BBG

Woe @ Acheron in May

Get ready for the ONSLAUGHT of tours this fall! Woe have been added to next week's 40 Watt Sun show at Public Assembly (on 9/16) with one more still TBA. The Philadelphia black-metal crew will also support Mayhem on their upcoming tour. An unpublished set of pictures from their surprise appearance at Acheron in May with Bastard Sapling and Inter Arma is in this post.

Disma is playing the 9/17 at Cake Shop with Drawn & Quartered who play a pair of shows in NYC next weekend. Mausoleum, Death Sick, and Mutant Supremacy are scheduled to play both, the second being at Saint Vitus on 9/16.

A few big shows this weekend... Weedeater/Oxbow/Bison BC/Fight Amp at Europa and Despise You/Magrudergrind/Backslider/Defeatist at Shea Stadium.

Also going down this weekend, and FREE is the Hull/Wizardry/Dead Sands show at Union Pool on Saturday (9/10). Wizardry recently parted ways with long-time guitarist Matt Klickstein. The band's statement on his departure is below.

As previously mentionned, Anthrax are playing a private show at Best Buy Theater in NYC on 9/12 ahead of their "Big Four" appearance at Yankee Stadium. Tou can win tickets on our facebook page. Anthrax also just played Fallon and announed an October tour with Testament and Death Angel.

Stream a new Rwake track from their upcoming Rest at Pitchfork.

Some excellent album streams also also below, including Death Of This Dry Season by Brainoil (previewed here), and the Mournful Congregation collection The Unspoken Hymns. Also, don't miss out on the new track from Fuck The Facts' upcoming Die Miserable, "A Coward's Existence"

Serpentine Path (aka Unearthly Trance plus Tim from Ramesses/Electric Wizard) will release a new 7" on Parasitic Records.

Lo-Pan & Suplecs are on the road, and playing Union Pool on 9/20.

Roadburn adds Sleep, Maryland Deathfest solidifies its lineup with Autopsy.

The Body, Bruce Lamont, Man's Gin & Iron Tides played Saint Vitus on Monday.

Have a great weekend, and head out to the shows! More belated Woe pictures, the album streams, the Urfaust after-party details, some classic video and more suggested NYC shows for the coming weeks below.... What did I miss?

Continue reading "Evillive (Woe, Disma, Rwake, Brainoil, Wizardry, Anthrax & more)"

by BBG

Napalm Death at Gramercy (more by Justina Villanueva)
Napalm Death

The tenth edition of Maryland Deathfest (May 24-27, 2012) has expanded further, adding names like Autopsy, Napalm Death, Noothgrush, Rwake, Deviated Instinct, Cough, Coke Bust, Infernal Stronghold, Backslider and Castevet to its already impressive lineup (Godflesh, Electric Wizard, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, etc). Full lineup is below. Tickets will go on sale in the coming months.

Cough and CT of Rwake will meanwhile appear at the Slow Southern Steel film premiere at Knitting Factory on August 13th with The Gates of Slumber and Earthling. Tickets are on sale.

Autopsy recently played Slaughter In The Water and Chaos in Tejas 2011.

Noothgrush plays several Power of The Riff shows in the second week of August. The band is preparing to re-release Erode the Person via Parasitic Records.

Full lineup and some video is below.

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest expands 2012 lineup again"

Justin Broadrick with Godflesh at Roadburn 2011 (more by Stefan Raduta)
Justin Broadrick

Maryland Deathfest 2012 is looking insane with some killer additions! Names like Electric Wizard, Godflesh, Winter, Confessor, Tsjuder, Negura Bunget, Looking For An Answer, Haemorrage, and many others. Full lineup thus far is below.

Stream the new Thou EP, The Archer and The Owle, at Metalsucks. Members of Thou may or may not be in the band Barghest, who recently released their debut LP via Gilead. Order a copy via the label and stream it in its entirety below. Be on the look out for upcoming Thou dates on the east coast....

Gilead is also welcoming the new LP from False, a two song self-titled 12" of black-metal misanthropy. Furious stuff, check it out for yourself below.

Stream a new song by The Atlas Moth from their forthcoming An Ache For The Distance at Stereogum. Look for the Lp on Profound Lore in September, and look out for upcoming tour dates, including the East Coast!

If you missed it, From Ashes Rise will be in NYC on 8/15 with Full of Hell & Night Birds.

Tickets are on sale for the previously discussed Weedeater/Oxbow/Bison BC/Fight Amp show at Europa on 9/10. A reminder, tickets are still available for the previously discussed Toxic Holocaust/Holy Grail/Krum Bums show at Europa on 8/19.

Ampere will play Stolen Sleeves on Saturday (7/23) in celebration of their new LP Like Shadows due on No Idea. Stream four new tracks.

Rwake is streaming a new song at NPR from the LP Rest due on September 27th via Relapse. A reminder, CT will be in NYC for the Slow Southern Steel premiere at Knitting Factory on 8/13 with The Gates of Slumber, Cough, and Earthling.

More reccomended shows, updated Despise You/Magrudergrind dates and a video flyer, the MDF 2012 linuep, streams and more are below.

Continue reading "Evillive (MDF 2012, Thou, False, The Atlas Moth, Rwake, more)"

by BBG

Slow Southern Steel

Its been a long time since news has surfaced on the forthcoming Slow Southern Steel documentary, produced by CT of the infamous Rwake. The film, "about underground heavy bands south of the Mason Dixon", features performances and interviews from some of the area's biggest troublemakers (like members of Eyehategod, Hank III, Kylesa, Torche, Dark Castle, Zoroaster, Weedeater, and many more) as they explore "living and growing up in the bible belt". Get familiar with the trailers below if you aren't already.

BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that we will host the exclusive Northeastern screening of Slow Southern Steel at Knitting Factory on August 13th! The screening, which will take place at 10PM, will feature FREE Jagermeister (for a limited time) as well as an appearance from the director CT. Then following the film, Knitting Factory will host performances from some of our favorite doom-y bands The Gates of Slumber, Cough, and Earthling. Tickets are on sale (admission includes the movie and the show).

CT of Rwake at LPR (more by BBG)

Rwake have announced that they will release their new LP Rest on September 27th via Relapse. Preorder the new LP and check out the art that will bless the CD, digital, and the olive green and 180 gram black vinyl versions.

Rwake have a few dates scheduled in their near future, including July 30th at Downtown Music Hall in their native Little Rock, and a second show at the same venue as part of the Mutants of the Monster Festival from September 2-4. The festival will feature appearances from Rebreather, Suplecs, Deadbird (performing The Head and The Heart in its entirety) (not to be confused with the band of the same name), Across Tundras, Seahag, Pallbearer, and many many notable others. Full festival details are below.

A reminder: Weedeater will play NYC on 9/10 at Europa with Oxbow, Bison BC, and Fight Amp. Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon.

Another quick reminder: Torche play Music Hall of Williamsburg TOMORROW (7/20) with Big Business and Helms Alee. Tickets are still available. Helms Alee released Weatherhead in June, stream it.

Continue reading "a 'Slow Southern Steel' screening & concert in NYC, new Rwake, Mutants of the Monster Festival & more"

by BBG

Bruce Lamont at Union Pool (more by Samantha Marble)
Bruce Lamont

Thanks everyone who came out to Emo's on Wednesday. It was a blast.

BV-BBG Metal week continues in Austin today, Thurday, 3/17, at Emo's again for Full Metal Texas, though unfortunately the mighty Rwake has been forced to cancel all Austin appearances due to a family emergency, Full Metal Texas included. In their stead, we've added The Funeral Pyre who will set the stage ablaze before Kvelertak. AND on the other stage of Full Metal Texas, The Word Alive has dropped off and will be replaced with Motionless in White.

In related news, Bruce Lamont, who will play the Profound Lore showcase Saturday night, is also a late minute addition to the BrooklynVegan/Profound Lore Day show happening on Saturday too! Lamont will play short pieces at Lovejoys in between sets by Tombs, Dark Castle, The Body, Deafheaven, Wolvhammer, Grayceon, Castevet, Batillus & Altaar. The show kicks off at 12 noon, and will feature free beer courtesy of Victory.

Set times for Full Metal Texas and the BV/PLore shows, and all shows, are below.

Continue reading "Rwake cancels SXSW shows, the Funeral Pyre added to Full Metal Texas, Bruce Lamont to Saturday..."

by BBG

Austin, get ready for some of this (more by Samantha Marble)
Trap Them

Full Metal Texas is entering its third year as one of the biggest metal events at SXSW. I had a great time catching faves like Kylesa & Skeletonwitch at Emo's Annex in 2009, and in 2010 they featured names like Dillinger Escape Plan, Howl, (the calling-it-quits?) Iron Age, Darkest Hour and others.

Now it is with great pleasure that I announce my involvement in Full Metal Texas 2011 alongside Yeah! Management, Branch Marketing Collective and 1000Knives! Much like last year, the free event will take place during the day on Thursday (3/17 from 12 - 6PM) in Austin across two stages at Emo's. But here's where it differs.... featuring 15 bands in total, roughly half of the bands will appear on the "BrooklynVegan Stage" which will include performances from:

Trap Them
All Pigs Must Die
And more to be announced.
The second, or rather, Main Stage will feature some VERY big names in addition to the following:
Better Left Unsaid
Drive A
Elysion Fields
(more TBA)
The show will be brought to you by the fine folks at Bands On A Budget, Dead Conflict Records, Evil Bong 3D, Harpoon Brewery, Sin Cal Industries, and Wacken Open Air. In addition, March Is Metal Month, Metal Injection, Metal Insider, MetalSucks, Record Store Day and Put In Mouth are all also on board as show sponsors.

Some more details on the show are below and the full lineup is forthcoming! Also note that this one is one of FOUR BV-BBG related metal shows slated to happen in Austin during SXSW this year... so make sure and look out for more announcements soon

Continue reading "Full Metal Texas returns in 2011, now w/ BrooklynVegan stage"

In what is now an annual tradition, we're playing catch up during this final week of the year. If this post seems outdated, that's because it is. Happy Holidays!

words & photos by BBG

CT and the Invisible Orange

Rwake and Weedeater played the Tone Deaf SXSW Showcase at Encore in Austin on 3/20 as part of SXSW. It was Rwake's only SXSW show, and one of two for Weedeater (they played a surprise show the next night). The bill included numerous favorites from the roster, including Black Tusk, Black Cobra, ASG, and US Christmas and the show was part of a larger tour for Weedeater/Black Tusk/The Gates of Slumber/Struck By Lightning (who played the Studio @ Webster Hall in NYC).

The capacity packed house at Encore was buzzing to hear the Arkansas five piece, and though the band's shortened set featured zero older material (yes, no "Crooked Rivers"), new material on display was heavy, emotive, with tons of light and shade, and some serious riffs. The three as-of-yet unnamed songs showed serious promise for the follow-up to Voices of Omens, scheduled for 2011 on Relapse.

More Rwake and Weedeater pics are below...

Continue reading "Rwake & Weedeater @ Encore (SXSW pics)"

by BBG

Dixie Dave of Weedeater and his lovely singing voice (more by Paul Birman)

"I would say the biggest underground band from here that deserves all the credit in the world is Weedeater. They are the godfathers of what we do." -[An interview with CT of Rwake]
BrooklynVegan and Osiris are proud to present a killer four band bill of Weedeater, The Gates of Slumber, Black Tusk, and Struck By Lightning who will lay waste to The Studio at Webster Hall on 4/10! Tickets are $13 and go on sale soon.

The show is part of a string of dates for the North Carolinians (Weedeater). The first leg kicks off on 3/12 with ASG and US Christmas and continues on to SXSW where the trio will meet up with Rwake and Black Cobra at Encore for the Tone Deaf Showcase (3/20). From there, the fearsome foursome (Weedeater, The Gates of Slumber, Black Tusk, and Struck By Lightning) will depart Austin and scoot out west before heading back east for the NYC show.

MayhemStay tuned for some big announcements regarding BV shows during SXSW, and also note that tickets are now on sale for the BV-presented Mayhem / Tombs / Krallice / Ludicra show coming to Irving Plaza two days before Weedeater get here.

Of all of the formidable bands mentioned above, two are playing the Scion Rock fest on 3/13 in Columbus, Ohio: Black Tusk and Struck By Lightning. Struck by Lightning, which features Gregory Lahm (ex-Mouth Of The Architect), is currently promoting their 2009 release Serpents (we previewed it here).

Lahm's old band Mouth of The Architect has a new EP due on Translation Loss this March. The EP will be "a little faster and a little more metal" than the MOTA we are used to. MOTA are currently gearing up to hit the road leading up their appearance at Roadburn 2010.

All tour dates with a bunch of videows below...

Continue reading "Weedeater touring w/ Black Tusk, Gates of Slumber, Struck By Lightning & others - NYC Studio show, Mayhem tix & more "

photos by Greg Cristman

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final/first week of the year, here's some of that lost material.


The Aquarian: How was it being on stage with Shrinebuilder, as opposed to with Om?

Al Cisneros: It's definitely a different band. There's different elements that converge in both. A different combination. When a song and a riff opens up, be it Om or Shrinebuilder, I go right into it the same way always, as myself. It's different in the sense that there's different elements, different melody lines that come in, different instruments of course. Different song structures, but you know, in a way, it's very similar.

Shrinebuilder, Rwake and Liturgy teamed up on 11/15 for a BV-sponsored show at Le Poisson Rouge, an exclusive appearance from the supergroup. We already posted a set of pictures. Check out a second set below...

Continue reading "Shrinebuilder, Rwake & Liturgy @ LPR - a 2nd set of pics"

by BBG


Godflesh (1988-2002) - Mission is Terminated

"On April 10th 2002, I disbanded Godflesh. This was something I had painfully been pondering since GC Greens' departure from the band in Oct 2001. Regrettably it took until the day of leaving for a lengthy U.S tour for the realization to finally take its toll on me.

"Unfortunately the finality of the decision and the responsibilities of making the decision proved too much for me to bare, and I collapsed under the weight. I found that without GC Green, Godflesh is not Godflesh, and him leaving proved to be an omen for me. I also feel that everything we originally intended or even imagined with Godflesh we have done....


Before Greymachine, J2 or Jesu, there was Godflesh, the highly influential industrial metal juggernaut featuring Justin Broadrick in one of his first post-Napalm Death roles (check out our interview with Justin HERE). Godflesh has announced that they will reform for a single European performance at Hellfest in France on June 18-20, 2010.

Godflesh joins the recently confirmed 16, Asphyx, Crowbar, Katatonia, Omega Massif, Sick Of It All, and the mighty Ulver as well as quite a few others who have recently been confirmed and Agnostic Front, Suffocation, 7 Seconds, Black Cobra, Weedeater, Rwake, and many more who were previously confirmed. Full (current) lineup below...

Continue reading "Godflesh reuniting, playing Hellfest in France (lineup) "

by BBG


On Sunday at Le Poisson Rouge, Shrinebuilder played an overwhelming show -- almost meditatively focused, one whose afterimage is likely to stay with those who saw it. It's a band of willful musicians in their 40s from around the country who have given their adult lives to slow-and-heavy music: Scott Kelly of Neurosis, Scott Weinrich of the Obsessed and Saint Vitus, Al Cisneros of Om and Dale Crover of the Melvins. Shrinebuilder is as loosely based in doom-metal as Krallice is in black-metal: it might be the starting place, but it's not the ending place...

In a set that lasted about an hour and a quarter, the band elongated all the songs from its new, self-titled first album, and played a cover of Joy Division's droning "24 Hours" -- a perfect and surprising choice. (It's hard to imagine the two Scotts, stolid American grizzlies, as secret Anglophiles.) As the last song, "Pyramid of the Moon," swept to its end and Mr. Crover socked the last beat, the crowd erupted almost involuntarily, as if it had been punched. -[New York Times]

To quote myself, "Shrinebuilder = amazing". Thanks to all who came to the BV sponsored presentation of Shrinebuilder, Rwake and Liturgy as part of The Blackened Music Series. The Sunday (11/15) show at Le Poisson Rouge was a success on many fronts: a searing performance from a quartet of bonafide legends, amazing support from rarely seen Rwake (in the Northeast anyway) and the promising Liturgy, and a packed house! Most importantly though, that packed house showed that the metal underground is thriving, and that intelligent, thought-provoking, and challenging heavy music can triumph.

The Sunday night Shrinebuilder show at LPR was the conclusion to three nights of "Blackened" music in NYC. Friday (Krallice) and Saturday (Skeltonwitch) were both at Union Pool.

On Monday (11/6) Shrinebuilder flew to Austin for a show that night...

"Then went downtown to Emo's to catch Shrinebuilder, a super group of Wino, Al Cisneros (Sleep, OM), Dale Crover (Melvins, Nirvana) and Scott Kelley (Neurosis). Got there to stand in line, which was around the block soon after. Chilly night, glad I bundled up. Opening band Sub Oslo was really good, very trippy cosmic Reggae. Shrinebuilder was of course amazing..." [Danny G]
Their next scheduled show is Apr 17, 2010 in Tilburg, Holland for Roadburn.

Pics, video (courtesy of No Gods, No Vegetables) and the set list from the NYC Shrinebuilder show, below...

Continue reading "Shrinebuilder played Le Poisson Rouge in NYC w/ Rwake & Liturgy (pics, video & setlist) "

by Black Bubblegum

Rwake (more here)

How do you improve on Shrinebuilder in the flesh? Rwake and Liturgy have been added as support at the upcoming Shrinebuilder show at Le Poisson Rouge on 11/15. Tickets are still available!

Shrinebuilder has also announced their participation in a particularly STACKED Roadburn 2010, along with the new Tom Warrior project Triptykon, the reunion of Goatsnake (!), Thor's Hammer, and acid-folkers Comus who will play their First Utterance LP in it's entirety(!). Oh, and did I mention Candlemass will be performing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus and the festival will also feature appearances from Yob, Moss, Altar Of Plagues, Mouth of The Architect, and many more. Must. Go.

Rwake are currently working on their follow-up to Voices of Omens, and are also scheduled to play Chicago with Shrinebuilder. Rwake has also been added to the Hellfest 2010 lineup which also includes Immortal, Atheist, Black Cobra, Bloodbath, Suffocation, Weedeater, with another 80+ bands TBA.

Wino of Shrinebuilder plays with his solo band at Irving Plaza tonight (10/9, tix here) and tomorrow (10/10, tix here) supporting Clutch, and will be back next week with Saint Vitus at Europa (10/16, tix here)!

Both CT (of Rwake) and Scott Kelly (of Shrinebuilder & Neurosis) host weekly podcasts on Combat Radio, and both are highly recommended.

Al Cisneros of Shrinebuilder will showcase Om over two nights in NYC, Sunday 10/11 at Europa (tickets here) and tuesday 10/13 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets here).

Dale Crover of the Melvins (who plays drums in Shrinebuilder) recently played ATP and Nokia Theater with Down, and have a remix album out NOW entitled Chicken Switch. The LP features contributions from Merzbow, Lee Ronaldo, Matmos, and many others.

Full Shrinebuilder, Rwake and Liturgy dates, as well as a few live videos are below...

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Rwake headlined the Slow Southern Steel day show at Room 710 on March 21st in Austin during SXSW, along with support from Hex Machine, The Roller, Seahag, Music Hates You, and last minute addition Zoroaster (following the drop out of ASG). The show was one of a few Rwake have played with new bassist Alan Wells (Shitfire):

Some of you have probably notice a change at the Rwake shows. We have a new band member. Our very old and close friend Alan Wells from the band Shitfire. There is no bad blood what so ever between us and Reid [Raley]. He is, and will forever be our brother. Things just happen. He stills jams with the ever crushing Deadbird, and we love them, and him.

We are also very honored to be jamming with our longtime friend Alan. What we have done so far has been well received. This weekend at SXSW from at least 8 people we heard that it was our best show ever. That makes us feel very good, and thanks to everyone there from all over the globe.

Turns out, those best shows may be their last shows for some time:
We are gonna try and take a small break from shows so that we can finish writing some more tunes. We have one 12 minute song now called "It Was Beautiful, But Now It's Sour", and an untitled 5 minuter so far. We have so much more written. We just need to take the time now to put it all together.

We'll be back around October playing some new stuff. Thanks again to everyone hanging in there for the new tunes. -[Myspace]

Check out our interview with CT from Rwake.

Check out video of Alan Wells and Rwake performing "Crooked Rivers" at Scion Rock Fest, and more pictures from SXSW below...

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"How about this fuckin' lineup man? Whoever put this thing together, I'd like to shake their hand" - CT of Rwake

Boris (Steven Brown)

I'd like to think it was the jawdropping lineup decreed by the gods upon Mt Scion that brought people out in droves to The Masquerade in Atlanta on February 28th, but I would imagine that some of it was also due to "free show" factor. Either way, there is something ridiculawesome about bands as great as Harvey Milk, Wolves In The Throne Room, and Coalesce having to turn people away due to reaching capacity. That is my idea of sweet metal justice... some of my current favorite bands in front of the audiences they deserve.

The Masquerade is a 2+ level club. The biggest stage, dubbed "Heaven", is located on the second floor and houses somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 people. Two adjacent clubs on the main level, "Hell" & "Purgatory", house considerably less: "Hell" is primarily a dance floor, so there were some obstructed sightlines. "Purgatory" had multiple tiers, no elevated stage and very little room in front of the band. Behind the venue in a grassy area which was muddy due to the prior night's rain, a 4,000 person capacity tent was constructed for the main stage.

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CT & Rwake in Tampa, FL (Nicole Kibert)

Scion Rock Fest in Atlanta is just a few days away (Feb 28th) and until the opening tones of Kylesa's guitars, we'll present a series of discussions with some of the key artists taking one of the four stages at the Masquerade. Yesterday we spoke to Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed. Today it's CT...

I'll always remember the first time that I picked up Judge's Bringing It Down and saw..... "Mike Judge: Throat". Damn right. Conversely, Rwake's liner notes in Voices of Omens and If You Walk Before You Crawl, You Crawl Before You Die credit CT with "vocals". I beg to differ.

CT's rusty razorblade of a throat and his band of Arkansan hooligans, Rwake, have been around for more than ten years, trudging in sludge, doom, and wading in the generally unpleasant mucky southern marsh that birthed Eyehategod and Buzzov*en. Rwake dropped their last LP in 2007, the critically acclaimed Voices Of Omens. Since then the band has kept busy on the road, and CT has spent a good portion of his free time at the helm of a documentary examining the southern underground metal scene. It's called Slow Southern Steel.

With Scion Rock Fest right around the corner and Rwake set to hammer the Masquerade stages, We sat down with CT to discuss his band, the movie, and emerging artists on the southern metal scene.


Rwake released Voices Of Omens in 2007, since then have you guys been working on any new material? If so, any recording plans? What are they?

Yes, we have a few new songs, but we'll be holding off on playing them for a bit. We want them to be just right. One new song is 11 minutes long and it's called "It Was Beautiful, But Now It's Sour" we have about 3 more in the making that are almost finished. When we get em done, I'm sure we'll be headed right back to Sanford [Parker]'s to lay it all down.

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