Entries tagged with: Samothrace
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Meek Is Murder at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy NYC shows are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the recently-announced stuff coming up:
Ohio metallic hardcore band Enabler and Brooklyn mathcore trio Meek Is Murder (who currently share drummer Frank Godla) are going on a tour this June which ends in Meek Is Murder's hometown on June 14 at the Acheron. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
Enabler are planning to release their new album Fail to Feel Safe this year via Century Media (release date TBA), and Meek Is Murder's new LP, Onward/Into the Sun, comes out May 5 via Rising Pulse Records. You can hear the killer single "Onward Toward A Red Horizon" below (via VICE), and the whole album can be previewed at the listening party TONIGHT (4/24) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg for MetalSucks and Metal Injection's Heavy Metal Happy Hour.
Brooklyn sludge weirdos Unearthly Trance have been broken up since 2012 (though members continued on in Serpentine Path), but they're now ready to come out of hibernation to release a new album on Relapse Records and play shows again. So far they have two hometown shows announced. They open the Samothrace show at Saint Vitus on May 24 with Trenchgrinder and Beefrot (tickets); and also play Acheron on July 17 with Churchburn and Belus (ticket info TBA).
The genre-crossing Kayo Dot have a Brooklyn show happening May 21 at The Paper Box with Hex Inverter, Disparager and Kevin Hufnagel (tickets). Frontman Toby Driver also has his Stone residency coming up in August.
Ontario hardcore band Born Wrong have a new album and touring plans on the way, but most of that is still TBA. Meanwhile, they do have one show coming up, which happens in Brooklyn on May 9 at Acheron with local hardcore band Creeping Dose (whose new 7" Filth Is Power is out now) headlining, as well as Mommy, Pleasure Industry and Dilate. Tickets are on sale. We haven't heard anything from the new record yet, but if last year's angry, uncompromising Art District EP and the prior year's Holding Cell EP are anything to go by, we have high hopes. Stream those below.
Industrial one-man band Author & Punisher plays Fat Baby on May 7 with SpeakOnion, Digit216, Theologian and Bruzed (tickets).
Noisem, who will be in NYC in June on their tour with Iron Reagan, recently detailed their new album and released two songs. Blossoming Decay will be out June 6 via A389, and you can listen to the 2-minute hardcore rippers "1132" and "Graining Enamel," below. A third brand new track, "Replant and Repress," is streaming at Punk News.
KEN mode, who will play NYC in June with Fight Amp, Pyrrhon and Couch Slut, shared a second track from their upcoming Steve Albini-reocrded album, Success (due 6/16 via Season of Mist). Like the first single, "These Tight Jeans" is a workout in AmRep-style post-hardcore, and you can listen below (via NPR).
Other previously-mentioned heavy NYC shows include Slayer with King Diamond and Code Orange, Slayer on their own, Nuclear Assault (final tour) / Murphy's Law / Whiplash, The Flex / Red Death, Vattnet Viskar, Horrendous, Wolfbrigade, Arabrot / Pinkish Black, Goatwhore / Ringworm / Black Breath / Theories, Crowbar / Lord Dying, Misery Index / Lord Dying, Bongzilla / Crypt Sermon / Hasj, Conan / Mantar, Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Prmitive Weapons, Today Is the Day, Elder / Kings Destroy / Apostle of Solitude, Repulsion, Ufomammut, and still many more.
Not about a show, but earlier this week we premiered a new song from NWOBHM vets Raven, called "Fight," over at Invisible Oranges. If you're into that, you may also be into reading IO's recent piece, "British Steel & Iron Maiden: 35 Years Later."
Last but definitely not least, Sweden's Tribulation released their death-metal-meets-classic-rock album The Children Of The Night this week on Century Media, and then put out the video for its opening track, "Strange Gateways Beckon." Watch that below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Samothrace at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
UK doomers Conan have been dropping killer records for the past-half decade, but they've yet to make it over to the US. Now, surrounding their upcoming appearances at Maryland Deathfest and Psycho California, they'll go on their first-ever US tour. They've got killer support on board, coming from Seattle's similarly doomy Samothrace and promising German duo Mantar, who will finally play NYC after skipping it on their March tour.
The tour brings Conan and Mantar to Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on May 22, the day after both bands play MDF, and though Samothrace isn't on that bill, they'll headline their own Vitus show two days later (5/24). Tickets for both of those shows will be available via Ticketfly soon. All dates are listed below.
Conan's latest album is 2014's Blood Eagle, the followup to 2012's Monnos. It's only six tracks, but the songs take their time (two hit the 9-minute mark) and most of them lean towards the genre's droney side, though album single "Foehammer" is pretty driving as far as this stuff goes. Watch the video for that one, with a full stream of the record, and music from their tourmates, below.
Samothrace at Saint Vitus (more by Greg Cristman)
Before the mammoth Torche show on Saturday (3/2), Samothrace played Saint Vitus on Friday (3/1), joined by touring partners Pilgrim and Howl, with Bezoar holding down the local support. Pictures/video from the show are available at Invisible Oranges. Samothrace's tour wraps tonight (3/6) with a show in Chicago at Ultra Lounge.
If you missed it, check out an interview with Samothrace at Invisible Oranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Inter Arma was a great addition, but it was a bit of a let down when Samothrace cancelled all dates on their tour with Pallbearer last year. Thankfully, the Northwest doomers will head back out on the road for a string of US dates. Check out the full set of dates at Invisible Oranges, and look for the band to team with Pilgrim at Saint Vitus on March 1. Tickets are on sale.
Samothrace's Reverence to Stone was one of my favorite LPs of 2012.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
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.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Seattle's Bell Witch caused quite a stir with their bandcamp demo (available below) that dropped last year, so much so that I included it in my favorites of 2011. That demo lead to the new Longing LP, which will see the light of day via Profound Lore on November 13. Stream an edit of the first song to emerge from that release, "Bails (Of Flesh)," below.
Unlike his other project Samothrace (who cancelled their tour), Dylan Desmond and the rest of Bell Witch are scheduled to play NYC at Acheron on October 16 as part of a round of East Coast dates. All other tour dates, a flyer and those streams are below.
"Samothrace is very sorry to announce that we will have to cancel our part on the upcoming tour with Pallbearer and Royal Thunder due to an immediate illness in the family of a band member. The most important thing right now is family. We are stoked to have had the opportunity to do the tour and will be planning to make our way out east in the near future. We appreciate the understanding."The cancellation includes their previously discussed date at Knitting Factory on 9/11. Tickets are still available for that show, which also features Inter Arma.
Stream all of Samothrace's Reverence to Stone below courtesy of Pitchfork.
Shabazz Palaces at Sasquatch Fest 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* Kim Lake @ The Stone
* Jeanette Levitsky @ Barbes
* Milos Karadaglic @ Joe's Pub
* Callers, Snowmine @ Union Pool
* Carina Round @ Knitting Factory
* King Khan in Asbury Park
* Eye Ra Haze, Vext @ Saint Vitus
* Cambodian Space Project @ Barbes
* Dave Hill @ Book Coart
* comedy @ Symphony Space
* The Wallflowers @ Bowery Ballroom
* Phony PPL, Blackbear @ SOB's
* Matisyahu @ Barnes & Noble
* Henry Grimes, Geri Allen @ The Stone
* Comic Book Club Live @ Fontana's
* Aerosmith, Cheap Trick @ Izod Center
* Nude Beach @ The Grand Victory
* Snowden, Warm Ghost @ Mercury Lounge
* Luisa Maita @ City Winery backyard (free)
* Big Shots, Husky (Mexico) @ Cake Shop
* Purity Ring, Headaches @ Le Poisson Rouge
* The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause @ Webster Hall
* The Allman Brothers Band, Santana @ Jones Beach
* Wilco, Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Measure, French Camp, Deb Oh & The Cavaliers @ Mercury Lounge
* Chase King, Young Rival, Plates of Cake, The Hairs @ Glasslands
* Shabazz Palaces, Thee Satisfaction, DJ Daniel Givens @ Fort Green Park
* Howlin Rain, Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier, ATM, Psychic Reality, Chuck Bettis, DJ Dutch E Germ @ Zebulon
* Strange Shapes, Breakfast In Fur, Lost Boy?, Leapling, Cindy Lou Gooden @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Paper Mice, Wavepool Abortion, Jonathan Pfeffer, Body Parts, Ghost Band @ Death By Audio
Wilco play Prospect Park for the second night in a row tonight, with Lee Renaldo opening. Pictures from last night's rainy, bacon-scented show are here. After the show tonight Wilco members can also be found at a "Secret Late Night Gig" (an Autumn Defense show at The McKittrick Hotel).
Purity Ring's show tonight at Le Poisson Rouge is sold-out but they just announced a Bowery Ballroom date in September.
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California punks Ceremony take on Violent Femmes' "Kiss Off" on AV Undercover which you can watch below.
Baroness, who play House of Vans on August 29, have a new video for "Take My Bones Away" which you can watch below.
Samothrace, who'll be in NYC in September, have a new song you can stream below.
You can also check out the "official director's cut" of OFF's video for "Borrow and Bomb" below too.
Pallbearer at Acheron (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
BrooklynVegan is the proud sponsor of a string of East Coast dates for southern doom gods Pallbearer, who will join forces with the amazing Royal Thunder (who have a new LP and recently played Mercury Lounge) and Samothrace (who have a new LP too). The dates, also sponsored by Scion A/V, include a stop at Hopscotch and a September 11th stop in Brooklyn at Knitting Factory with Richmond black metal/southern groove favorites Inter Arma. Sure to be a night to remember. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Pallbearer's last visit to NYC was back in May at a sold-out Saint Vitus with Loss, which was quickly followed by a boozy late night appearance at Acheron (as we tweeted). Pictures from that epic night are HERE. You may remember we interviewed the band in January.
Tour flyer and a list of all tour dates are below.
Seattle doom crew Samothrace's last LP was nothing short of amazing, and now the band is perparing their new LP for release on 20 Buck Spin. Look for Reverence to Stone on July 31st via the label, and check out the art above.
Xibalba's last LP (that we streamed in full) was the kind of raw-beatdown style hardcore that I could get with. Primal, thick guitar-tone sets this band apart from the pack of current modern hardcore bands, and now you can hear their latest track "Sentenced" from their forthcoming Hasta La Muerte via Pitchfork.
Kayo Dot will hit the road for a short tour in mid-July, including two NYC shows at St. Vitus on 7/11 with Mossenek and MV Carbon (tickets) and Bowery Electric on 7/19 with Triple Cobra & Big Con. Full tour schedule is below.
Bosse De Nage specialize in eclectic black metal and will release their new LP III via Profound Lore next week! Stream the new song "The Arborist" below and order your copy via the label. Their last LP (which we streamed in full) was one of my favorites of last year.
Profound Lore is also preparing to release the new LP by The Howling Wind, featuring Ryan of Unearthly Trance (who played all of In The Red at Acheron this week) and Tim of Aldebaran (who released their new LP recently). Stream a new song from Of Babylon below.
All suggested shows, video from last night's Dragged into Sunlight show, and more is below. Who will I see at the BV-BBG/Brutal Panda show with Harkonen tonight?
by Black Bubblebgum
sunn o))) @ Knitting Factory (more by Damien Neva)
Ya hear that rumble? Thats the sound of great records perched in the distance waiting to descend on 2009 (more on that later). While this year will bring about great music and another set of "next big things", let's take the time to be thankful for 2008 and all of it's memorable records and shows. Here are my favorite records of 2008:
by Black Bubblegum
Attila Csihar of Mayhem, The Winterdemon (metalnorge)
Highly influential black metallers Mayhem have announced that they will tour the US in spring of 2009! The 21 date tour will be announced soon, but in the meantime, look for the band to announce a new guitarist to replace departing axe-slinger Blasphemer. Mayhem's Attila Csihar lent his unholy vokills to the new Jarboe record Mahakali due Oct 14th on The End. Skip on down for video of Thurston Moore discussing Mayhem.
Doomriders are currently grinding away at their new album due on Deathwish in 2009! In the meantime, look for the band to hit the Autobahn on a European tour with Disfear & SSS. SSS is currently streaming two new tracks from their upcoming record The Dividing Line. Doomriders recently played Europa.
Guitarist Kris Norris has left Darkest Hour and is "actively pursing some producing routes and any band that might want a guitarist".
Corrupted LIVE (tawaraya)
The extremely elusive Japanese doomers (in fact, the above is one of the only pictures I have ever found of them), Corrupted announced a brief West Coast tour with Asunder, check out the flyer here. Asunder's Works Will Come Undone recently dropped on vinyl via Kreation Records, pick it up here. Corrupted's (current? these guys are elusive I tell ya!) bassist Lowell Isles's old band, YOB recently reformed.
Bloodbath, the death metal supergroup featuring Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth), Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (Katatonia), Jonas Renkse (Katatonia), Martin "Axe" Axenrot(ex-Witchery, Opeth), and Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson, will drop their new studio album The Fathomless Mystery on Oct 28th via Peaceville Records. Filled with ""nothing but hateful brutality", check out "Slaughtering The Will To Live" available for download above and stream another track, "Mock The Cross", at their myspace.
Bloodbath's cover art, plus news on Danzig, Celtic Frost, Landmine Marathon, sunn 0))), Necrophagist, Immortal and so much more....