Entries tagged with: Saint Vitus
by Wyatt Marshall
Mournful Congregation at Rites of Darkness 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The lineup for Signature Riff's third annual Martyrdoom festival was just announced, and it's a doozy--Australian funeral doom masters Mournful Congregation are headlining along with international black metal-heavy top billings of Sargeist, Behexen, Cult of Fire and more. Support is supplied by California's doom masters Lycus, Texas's blackened death originals Imprecation, Portland's brutal grind act Knelt Rote, Ohio black/death specialists Prosanctus Inferi, the incomparable Quebec atmospheric black metal masters Forteresse and about a dozen other notables. The festival will be held in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus from Friday, June 27 through Tuesday, July 1st. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, January 21 at noon via Saint Vitus's web page. Schedule is to come.
Full schedule and flyer below...
words by Doug Moore; photos by Drew Gurian, videos by unARTigNYC & Frank Huang
Pig Destroyer @ Saint Vitus -- 1/11/13
Our latest BrooklynVegan (and Invisible Oranges)-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select went down at Saint Vitus on Saturday night (1/11) with Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain, hosted by Dave Hill. Steady rain in the late afternoon and early evening didn't keep Saint Vitus from filling up almost immediately, and the bands raged just as hard as we expected. From our IO writeup:
Mother Brain's new two-man format only intensifies the lean mayhem of their live delivery. Trenchgrinder have an Asphyx-esque gift for making their one-guitar death metal sound bigger than most bands with two axes can. Dysrhythmia are the most impossibly tight live metal act in New York City, which says something given the number of shred-inclined bands based here. And Pig Destroyer were Pig Destroyer, if a bit thicker and heavier for the addition of John Jarvis on bass. People go wild for that band, and for good reason. Opening with "Hymn" from the Benümb split: awesome curveball.Photos and full-set vids of every band (Dave Hill's taint-filled intros included) are in this post. Thanks to everyone who came out; hopefully you had just as much fun as we did.
NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Earthless, Destruction Unit, Yakuza & Running show in Chicago. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in April.
More pictures, videos and another look at the El Jefe-designed poster, below (and some really big versions of the photos at the BV Facebook too)...
photos by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore
Orange Goblin @ Saint Vitus - 11/2/13
Orange Goblin, Holy Grail and Lazer/Wulf hit Saint Vitus in Brooklyn last Saturday night (11/2) as part of their lengthy US tour. Polygamist provided local support.
We've got a full writeup and a set of pictures from the show over at Invisible Oranges. Here's a brief excerpt:
--Lazer/Wulf have an interesting approach to vocals. They're mostly an instrumental band, but guitarist Bryan Aiken occasionally uses a mic to interject little vocal hits and accents. Lazer/Wulf are proficient musicians, but I wasn't especially taken with their stage presence. There's such a thing as too much guitargasm face.Check out the whole writeup and full run of photos over at IO. More of the pitures, plus footage of Orange Goblin jamming through Black Sabbath's classic "Into the Void", are below...
--There's something about growing up in southern California that makes bands better at classic-style heavy metal stage posturing. Holy Grail vocalist James-Paul Luna nailed the gauntlet-clad pointing-and-gesturing stuff, which was good, because his voice was curiously low in the mix. I'm not a big fan of Holy Grail's brand of NWOBHM/speed metal nostalgia, but they're a noticeably above-average example of the style.
--Holy Grail's set ran long, so Orange Goblin didn't get started until well after 11:30 (which admittedly isn't terribly late in NYC, but I am an old man). Still, they kept the room full all the way through a lengthy set of their own. Their metal is like an engine: thrumming, reliable, and built to dominate on the road.
photos by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore
Melt-Banana @ Saint Vitus - 11/1/13
I missed the first two acts at this show because I was down at Grand Victory catching the opening date of Cleric's US tour, which was rad in its own right -- legendary avant-garde composer John Zorn showed up to support them, which is a rare sight indeed. It was a bummer for me nonetheless, because the openers for the Melt-Banana show were both great. Vaz, which features former members of Hammerhead, are as true-blue and badass as noise rock gets in 2013, and they kill live.
Brain Tentacles, meanwhile, is a noise/jam collaboration between Yakuza vocalist/saxophonist Bruce Lamont and Municipal Waste/Burnt By the Sun/Discordance Axis/Human Remains/Phantomsmasher/zillion-other-bands skinsman Dave Witte, who's one of my favorite drummers. Tombs frontman and occasional BV contributor Mike Hill joined them on bass for a song, too -- though he apparently had no prep time whatsoever and learned the tune in the Vitus basement before the show.
The circumstances surrounding Melt-Banana's set made me a little nervous beforehand. Though they're an unbelievably dynamic live act, they're touring this time around without a live rhythm section, instead playing to preset bass and drum tracks from a laptop. (I was hoping that Witte, who recorded an LP with Melt-Banana several years back, would hop by the kit for their set. No dice.) It rarely works out when really percussive rock acts like these guys play to programmed tracks, but their mixture of gear expertise and sheer spasmodic energy carried the day. Sole remaining members Yasuko Onuki and Ichirou Agata must be pushing 40, but they still bounce and flail around the stage like teenagers. Agata's noise licks are truly freakish; the unearthly sounds he wrenches out of his battered SG and huge pedal board are one-of-a-kind. Pictures of Melt-Banana's set (and both openers) are in this post.
Meanwhile, speaking of Cleric they just released a new song, "Resumption," which you can stream (via Decibel) below.
Vaz also just made a video for their song "Visiting Hours" off their LP of the same name. Check that out below as well. Vaz have a number of other upcoming dates, including another NYC show on December 8 at Baby's All Right. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates.
More pictures and some videos from Saint Vitus, along with the Cleric stream and Vaz video and dates, below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Doug Moore
Saint Vitus at Europa - 10/18/13
Saint Vitus, Pallbearer and The Hookers brought their tour to NYC last Friday (10/18) for a show at Europa, which also included local band Thinning the Herd. On an ordinary week, such a lineup would've made for a considerable event in the metal world, but last week was no ordinary week. The show conflicted with other CMJ metal shows, including our own. Still, NYC's inexhaustible supply of bodies ensured that people made it out. Pictures from the show are in this post, and there's more at Invisible Oranges.
The next day, Pallbearer played another set at our party at Baby's All Right. Pictures from that show are coming soon.
More pics of the Europa show below...
photos by Vladislav Grach, words by Andrew Sacher
Hop Along @ Saint Vitus, 9/5/2013
Hop Along made their way to NYC a couple times earlier this year as openers for Title Fight and Fucked Up and for The Thermals, but Thursday night (9/5) they returned as the headliners for a show at Saint Vitus. They've always been a strong live band, but seeing them headline was way more wild. The place was packed as Hop Along played, with members of both the band and the audience stage diving, and a big portion of the crowd screaming along the whole time.
Their tourmates The Sidekicks went on right before them, playing an excellent set of punky power pop (mostly from 2012's Awkward Breeds), and also getting sing-alongs going, especially during set closer "Daisy."
It was the last night on their tour together and while Hop Along has already headed home (singer Frances Quinlan had to work on Friday), The Sidekicks are staying on the road supporting The Gaslight Anthem. Those dates include a Long Island show on Sunday at The Paramount (tickets). All are listed below.
Meanwhile, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon will be in NYC again for our BrooklynVegan-curated Red Bull Sound Select show with The Bouncing Souls, Aye Nako (who play Glasslands tonight [9/7]) and one more TBA on September 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Admission is $3 at the door (first come, first served), and Chris Gethard is hosting.
Chris Gethard also hosts today's free Don Giovanni show in New Brunswick, NJ's Boyd Park (9/7) with Screaming Females, California X, Black Wine, and Brick Mower (1 PM start). And Screaming Females will be back in NYC when their tour with Waxahatchee and Tenement hits MHOW on 9/14 and Bowery Ballroom on 9/16, the latter of which Aye Nako opens (tickets).
All upcoming Gaslight Anthem/Sidekicks dates are listed, along with more pictures from the Saint Vitus show, below...
Doom legends Saint Vitus are on the road in October, logging dates with alternating support from Pallbearer, Zoroaster and Hookers. The dates include a Brooklyn show happening at Europa on October 18th with Pallbearer and Hookers, ticketing info is on the way.
The new dates come with the announcement of the reissues of Saint Vitus' Die Healing and C.O.D., both of which are currently up at Season of Mist for preorder.
All tour dates are listed, along with some videos, 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.
photos by Nate "Igor" Smith; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Karoake chaos / Kirin J Callinan / Absolutely Free @ Saint Vitus, 10/20/2012
After a few days of utter CMJ madness, what better way to wash away your troubles than with Infinity Spaceship, the karaoke live band that specializes in punk/indie/hardcore and more. Perhaps due in part to the complimentary Raw Rev bars, Sailor Jerry's rum and PBR (both were free for a limited time) and a possible avoidance of hangover care of Mercy, the crowd at the BrooklynVegan un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus on 10/19 was more than ready to unwind by covering songs by Smashing Pumpkins, Minor Threat, Gorilla Biscuits and many others while backed by the current and former members of On the Might of Princes, No Way, Primitive Weapons, Nakatomi Plaza, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear and more.
It wasn't all covers and amateur hour though. The Saint Vitus shindig, one night before our metal show in the same venue, also featured a pair of performances including mind-blowing, gothic guitarist Kirin J Callinan and Toronto's precise, rhythmically-adept Absolutely Free. Pictures of both bands and the karaoke crowd are below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Saint Vitus at Saint Vitus, Sept 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)
Doom metal legends Saint Vitus are still in the midst of their US jaunt with Weedeater which hit Brooklyn in September, right before they opened for Down in Manhattan.Remaining dates, leading up to a tour-ending Austin show, are listed below.
In June, Saint Vitus also shared a bill with Down, and Sleep, at Scion Rock Fest 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Their set was one of the highlights of the fest. Check out video from that, of the doom metal greats ripping through "Blessed Night" along with an interview with frontman Wino, below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Down at Best Buy Theater, 9/28/2012
Louisiana took over downtown Manhattan on Friday (9/28) when sludge superheroes Down played Best Buy Theater alongside Saint Vitus (Dave Chandler hails from New Orleans), Warbeast and Haarp. Pictures from the show are below. For Saint Vitus, it was their second NYC date of the week, which included a headlining show at the bar somewhat named after them (pictures).
The Down and Haarp dates are in support of recent releases for both bands. Down dropped the first in a series of EPs with DOWN IV Part One: The Purple EP. Haarp's Husks LP recently surfaced on Down vocalist Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records. Stream a recent Haarp track below.
Kirk of Down/Crowbar at Irving Plaza, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
New Orleans sludge-doom supercrew Down, frontman Phil Anselmo included, are on tour and have arrived in NYC to bless Best Buy Theater tonight (9/28) and Starland Ballroom in NJ Saturday (9/29). They'll be joined by Saint Vitus (who played the similarly-named venue this week), Warbeast and Haarp. Tickets are still available. An updated set of tour dates is below.
Down is touring off of their new release Down IV Part I -- The Purple EP which features "Witchtripper". Check out the new video for that song, along with a stream of the full EP, and those dates, below...
photos by Samantha Marble
Saint Vitus @ Saint Vitus 9/25/2012
Saint Vitus, formed in the late 1970s and back from a nearly 16-year layoff, has become a touring and recording band again. (Its new album, "Lillie: F-65," is named after a barbiturate.) Mr. Chandler's long hair and beard went gray some years ago -- he's 54 -- and he relates to an audience in nudgy, sarcastic uptalk. It's the opposite of his riffs, which are simple and concise, often very slow but occasionally fast, and self-contained.... The riffs are based in an offshoot blues language that descends directly from Black Sabbath. Black Sabbath recorded a song in 1972 called "St. Vitus Dance." St. Vitus's Dance is a neurological disorder, also known as Sydenham Chorea, associated with an uncontrollable jerking of the feet, hands and face. Saint Vitus was a fourth-century Sicilian martyr who became the patron saint of entertainers and epileptics.And to answer two pertinent questions: yes, Saint Vitus did play "Saint Vitus" at Saint Vitus on 9/25 and no, it didn't rip a hole in the space-time continuum. But the doom legends did rip, though, along with dependably great sets from fellow doom favorites Weedeater and Sourvein. Pictures from the show adorn this post.
Saint Vitus, the excellent metal bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that opened in the spring of last year, was named after the band. Its proprietors have wanted to bring the father to the son from the start, and on Tuesday their wish came true. -[NY Times]
More pics and video from the show are below.
Wino on stage with Saint Vitus at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Clutch will team with Mondo Generator, Saviours and Wino for a string of East Coast dates leading up to a New Year's Eve show outside of Boston. Those dates include a stop at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on 12/30. Tickets go on AMEX presale today (9/19) at 10AM and regular sale on Friday and are currently on fan presale.
Wino, who played Saint Vitus in August, will return to the Greenpoint venue to play a sold-out show with the band Saint Vitus on Tuesday (9/25) as part of their string of US dates. The band also recently released a new Live EP via Scion. Download it for free here and stream it below along with a couple videos and a list of all tour dates.
Descendents at Saint Vitus - 9/8/12 (via Jesse Mack Johnson)
Screaming Females at Riot Fest Brooklyn - 9/8/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Riot Fest Brooklyn went down in Williamsburg Park yesterday (9/8) with sets from Screaming Females, The Bronx, The Menzingers, and Larry And HIs Flask. Unfortunately, due to the storm that NYC got hit with yesterday, was shut down before Hot Water Music's set, which meant that Descendents and Gogol Bordello didn't get to play either. Refunds on tickets are available at point of purchase and Riot Fest Brooklyn tickets will also be honored at no extra cost for Chicago's Riot Fest, which goes down this coming weekend. Some pictures from the Brooklyn show are up on BV Chicago with more coming soon for regular BV.
After the show was cancelled, similarly to Refused and OFF!, who got shut down due to weather at the same venue earlier this summer, Descendents and Hot Water Music took the show over to a smaller Brooklyn venue. At 8 PM, the two bands took over Saint Vitus for a free show and needless to say it was a packed, sweaty show, with the crowd moshing, crowd surfing, and going nuts. Videos of the Descendents ripping through "Everything Sucks," "Coffee Mug," "I'm Not A Loser," "Thank You," "I'm the One" and others, plus videos of Hot Water Music doing "Trusty Chords," "State of Grace," and a cover of the Bouncing Souls' "True Believers" at the show are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Red Fang at Orion (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
I'm starting to notice a trend. When we last spoke, I hypothesized that since Red Fang is from Portland and Black Tusk is from Savannah, the then-single-date at Bowery Ballroom on 11/11 (tickets) must be part of a tour. While a full schedule hasn't been revealed, Tickets are now on sale for a second show with the same lineup (Indian Handcrafts too) at the considerably smaller Saint Vitus on November 12th.
Still no full tour details, but all known tour dates are listed below.
Saint Vitus at Maryland Deathfest (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
That one-off with Down at Best Buy Theater always looked so lonely, so Saint Vitus have scheduled a tour around that appearance that includes another stop in NYC! The Brooklyn-Vegan sponsored trek kicks off in middle September for a gang of dates with Weedeater and Sourvein which last through the tail end of October. The stops include a show at Saint Vitus on September 25 and tickets go on sale 8/3 at 1PM. Yes, Saint Vitus at Saint Vitus... I hope that doesnt cause a wormhole in the universe or something.
Weedeater and Sourvein, however, will NOT be on the Best Buy Theater bill, but you can catch the gang at the dates below.
All tour dates and video are below.
Pepper Keenan with Down at Best Buy Theater (more by Nathaniel Shannon)
NOLA metal supercrew Down have announced a September tour that kicks off in Fort Worth, TX and visits the NYC-area for two shows: Best Buy Theater in NYC on September 28th and Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ one day later. All dates are listed below.
After a triumphant pairing at Scion Rock Fest last month, it's not that much of a surprise that Down will team with another band that shared that stage in Tampa, Saint Vitus who are opening the NYC show along with with Housecore Records (Phil Anselmo of Down's label) signees Warbeast and Haarp. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale July 11th (Wed) at 10AM and regular sale on Friday. Same deal for the NJ show (minus Saint Vitus).
Saint Vitus, who only seem to be opening the NYC show, released their latest LP Lille F-65 in May. All known tour dates are listed below...
Steve Von Till with Neurosis at Maryland Deathfest 2011 (more by BBG)
As discussed previously, three titans of metal have combined forces for the unlikely cause of a tribute album. Wino (Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, many more), Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till (both of Neurosis) all tackle Songs of Townes Van Zandt, a collection of covers available via Neurot Recordings now. Stream Scott Kelly's rendition of "St. John, the Gambler" as well as Steve Von Till's "Black Crow Blues" below, the latter of which is making its first public appearance here.
In related news, Wino & Conny Ochs released their Heavy Kingdom LP earlier this year (stream it) and the pair will hit the road in the US for a string of dates. Look for the pair to hit Saint Vitus on August 22nd, tickets are on sale.
A listing of all Wino/Conny Ochs dates are below, along with streams and the Songs of Townes Van Zandt tracklisting.
The star-studded end to Down's set
With all of the drag queens, bikini-clad girls, and slow-rolling neon cars blasting hip hop, it would be perfectly understandable to mistake East 7th Ave in Ybor City for another Saturday night on the strip. Yet the clubs of East 7th had been invaded by the the black-shirted, devil-horn weilding crew: the fourth-annual Scion Rock Fest was in town.
Ybor City is located north of downtown Tampa, Florida and was the site of 2012's edition, boasting names like Sleep, Merzbow, Oxbow, Repulsion, Sick of it All, Suffocation and many others across four stages (The Orpheum, CZAR Bar, Crowbar, and The Ritz). Though I never made it over to the Orpheum, I saw my fair share of incredible performances across the remaining three stages, many of which will likely never happen again.
Thoughts on Scion Rock Fest 2012, pictures, and video from many of the sets are below.
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.
Church of Misery at Inferno Festival (more by BBG)
Scion Rock Fest have announced their first round of 2012 bands, including some very interesting and out-of-the-box choices. Among the announced so far include the impressive Repulsion, All Pigs Must Die, Merzbow, Sleep (who just played Roadburn), Church of Misery (them too, and they play NYC soon), and Oxbow, but the lineup also includes names like Terror, Psychic TV, and Cerebral Ballzy and more... bands that seem a bit out of the ordinary for a traditionally all-metal festival entering its fourth year. The show goes down on June 2nd across four venues in Tampa FL. As always, the show is free (with RSVP that opens on 4/20 at noon).
UPDATE: Full lineup has been released, check out the flyer and lineup below.
Corrosion of Conformity at Gramercy Theater (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Corrosion of Conformity have revisited some of their punk rock roots with their new self-titled LP out NOW via Candlelight. The record opens with the alternately thrashy/groovy "Psychic Vampire" which was recently given a video treatment by Scion AV and is viewable for the first time below (tour dates are down there too).
The video is part of Scion series of videos called "Video Installment 7". An upcoming new video in the series will be by Saint Vitus(!).
Speaking of... Saint Vitus is currently streaming "Let Them Fall" from their forthcoming Lillie: F-65 LP due via Season of Mist in May. Listen below and look for the new video and keep an eye out for the LP....
Saint Vitus @ Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by BBG)
Chaos in Tejas (May 31-June 3 in Austin) have announced ANOTHER batch of bands to add to their ridiculous lineup including Saint Vitus, Church of Misery, No Statik, Toys That Kill, Pegasus, Martial Canterel, Anasazi, Bloodwing (mems of The Spits, who are on tour soon), Harm's Way, Hatred Surge, the Hex Dispensers, John Wesley Coleman, Joyce Manor, and many many others. The current full lineup and flyer is below and tickets are FINALLY going on sale TODAY (1/31).
Doom legends Saint Vitus are currently preparing their new LP Lillie: F-65 for Season of Mist. The record, their eighth and first in seventeen years (!), is tentatively set for release at the end of March. More details are forthcoming.
In related news, members of Mind Eraser also serve as personnel in Magic Circle, another Chaos in Tejas band. Look for Magic Circle to team with Pilgrim (who we recently interviewed), Windhand, and Natur at Public Assembly on March 1st.
The updated Chaos in Tejas lineup is below along with the flyer.
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...