Entries tagged with: Sannhet
Youth Code at Best Buy Theatre earlier this month (more by Greg Cristman)
L.A. industrial/hardcore duo Youth Code have announced a one-off NYC show at Saint Vitus on January 27, where they'll be joined by like-minded harsh-electronics outfits Statiqbloom and Sannhet. Tickets are on sale now. Youth Code, who put out a new EP earlier this year, are currently on tour with Skinny Puppy, with whom they've already played a bunch of shows this year. (Skinny Puppy are also not happy with the U.S. government using their music in Guantanamo torture). They'll also be headed to Sweden in 2015 for Kollaps Festival. Full lineup for that fest is listed below.
As mentioned, Statiqbloom just had to postpone the remainder of their tour with Corrections House, due to that band's singer, Mike "IX" Williams, being ill. Sannhet, meanwhile, have a new album due out in March called Revisionist and it's being released via The Flenser.
All upcoming dates for the Youth Code are listed, along with Sannhet's new album teaser, a stream of Statiqbloom's new split with Zex Model, and a stream of Youth Code's recent EP A Place To Stand, below.
photos by Greg Cristman
Year of No Light @ Saint Vitus - 11/14/14
French post-metal greats Year of No Light have been at it for years but they had never played the US until this month. They just wrapped up their first-ever US tour which culminated in a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, both shows with excellent and different local openers. We caught the second night (Friday, 11/14) with black metallers Vilkacis, noisemakers Gnaw, and probably the most like-minded to YONL of all of them, Sannhet, who recently signed to The Flenser for their upcoming LP. As you'd hope, YONL were tremendous.
More pictures from the show, and a couple videos of YONL's set, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sannhet at The Studio at Webster Hall in September (more by Greg Cristman)
Brooklyn trio Sannhet are one of the city's best bringers of post-rock and post-metal, and they've just announced that they've signed to the trusty The Flenser, making them labelmates with Have A Nice Life, Planning for Burial, Kayo Dot and more. On March 3, the label will release their second album, Revisionist, which follows their debut Known Flood that came out on Saint Vitus Bar's label, Sacrement Records. No music from the new album has been released yet, but they did just play a new song at Vitus when they opened for Virus there on 10/24. Check out a video of that below.
Sannhet's next scheduled hometown show is opening for France's Year of No Light at the second night of their two-night stand at Saint Vitus. That happens on November 14 and also includes Gnaw and Vilkacis. Tickets are still available.
When we first mentioned the absolutely loaded (Geryon, Oneirogen, Psalm Zero, Sannhet, Gnaw, Vilkacis...wow) shows for French experimental/atmospheric doom-metal mainstays Year Of No Light at Saint Vitus, they were billed as YONL's first U.S. shows. It turns out that those aren't exactly their first U.S. shows, as they since announced and kicked off a tour here last week. The tour began in L.A. this past Thursday (10/30) and basically stays on the west coast with the awesome black/death rippers Take Over and Destroy until they head over to Vitus for their shows on November 13 and 14.
All dates and a stream of Year of No Light's latest album, also below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher
Whirr / Sannhet / Cloakroom @ The Studio at Webster Hall - 9/16/14
Whirr and Cloakroom's ongoing tour hit NYC last night (9/16) at The Studio at Webster Hall with Sannhet and Sad Actor for a quadruple onslaught of distortion, reverb and lots of volume. Philly's Sad Actor kicked things off with their grungy jams, and their songs are good but they aren't quite there as a live band yet. Still, it was promising stuff and a good start to the night.
Cloakroom followed with a set of a lot of new songs (they've got a double LP coming next year on Run for Cover) and a bit from their 2013 debut, and they were thunderous. When I wrote about their debut last year, I said it sounded like if Mineral were more into sludge metal, but last night was my first time seeing them live and I never realized just how sludge metal Cloakroom can get. Their riffs are huge, covered in thick distortion, and the whole band crushes. They didn't say much on stage, and had samples going between most of their songs, so the whole thing was just a force.
For the second band on a four band bill, Cloakroom's a tough act to follow but Sannhet, the local representation for the night, got up and kept the sensory overload going. Like they usually do, they played mostly in the dark with flashes of a white light show, and their instrumental post rock/post metal was as equally pretty and heavy as ever. Unfortunately, the night didn't end well for them when their bass was stolen after their set.
Finally, Whirr wrapped up the show. I'd seen Whirr guitarist Nick Bassett play a few times in Nothing but last night was actually my first time getting to see Whirr. Like Nothing, Whirr are shoegaze in sound but punk in approach, thrashing around on stage and sounding heavy as hell. They played with the lights even dimmer than Sannhet, but if you're looking for a light show, Whirr's not the band to see. All of their energy goes into creating a huge wall of sound. The vocals are barely audible, and individual guitar riffs only shine rarely, instead coming together to create a full-on attack that few modern shoegaze bands achieve. Oh yeah, and lots of long hair flying around.
More pictures of all four bands below...
Sannhet @ Studio at Webster last night (via Bryan Rivera)
Last night (9/16) the Whirr / Cloakroom tour stormed into NYC for a very loud night at The Studio at Webster Hall (pictures and more on that coming shortly), but local post-metal rippers Sannhet, who were also on the bill, unfortunately ran into some trouble. They tweeted that bassist AJ Annunziata had his black Gibson RD stolen. If you hear of anything, their contact info's on Facebook.
Sad day for musicians getting gear stolen, with Mineral's van getting broken into in St Louis last night too.
Update: Pictures of last night's show are posted.
by Ian Chainey
France's Year of No Light have been around for over a decade now and, jeeze, how they've grown. Starting off as a sludgy post-metal thumper, the band has matured considerably, culminating in last year's Tocsin, a weighty slab of atmospheric experimentalism. They paired that mighty wallop with Vampyr, an instrumental "soundtrack" to the 1932 movie of the same name. Yet, while their ambition is appreciated, and their Rolodex large (check out some of their splits), their sheer sonic density has been and will remain their calling card. They're a sextet you know can create a cacophony live, the kind of subsonic prayers to the amplifier that gets doomers giddy.
So, enough foreshadowing: Year of No Light are heading to the East Coast for the first time. The band will play two back-to-back shows at NYC's Saint Vitus on November 13 and November 14. The November 13 date has a bill of Oneirogen, Geryon, and Psalm Zero. Tickets are available now. November 14 has Sannhet, Gnaw, and Vilkacis. Tickets are also available now. These are their only East Coast shows before they begin a US tour on Halloween in LA (dates TBA).
Mario Diaz de Leon's Oneirogen, a guitar-based drone project of epic proportions, is also playing with Father Murphy at the Acheron on October 9 and they just played with Falls of Rauros. The busy -- and busy for a good reason -- Geryon are also on the Bastard Sapling bill at the Acheron on September 28, along with Virus at Saint Vitus on October 25. Sannhet will play with Virus at Saint Vitus the night before on October 24. They also play the NYC stop of the Whirr / Cloakroom tour on Tuesday (9/16). Psalm Zero -- post Castevet break-up -- have also been making the rounds, appearing on recent shows with KEN mode and Black Anvil. Meanwhile Vilkacis, the newish blackened ripper on Psychic Violence Records, have logged some impressive stage time with Ash Borer, Hell, and Thou & the Body. Finally, Gnaw, the project of Khanate/O.L.D.'s Alan Dubin, are maybe in the studio. Says their Facebook, "recording / making / smashing." Huh. Either expect an album or expect some crazy Vines.
Check out streams from Year of No Light along with the snazzy flyer for the Saint Vitus shows, and full list of dates (others in Europe), below...
by Andrew Sacher
Philly's Sad Actor played a few of the West Coast dates on the ongoing Whirr tour, and they've since been added to the NYC and Philly dates of Whirr's run with Cloakroom happening this month. Sad Actor's newest EP, FEEL, came out back in June and it's a great match for Whirr and Cloakroom, falling somewhere between the latter's sludgy slowcore and the former's heavy shoegaze. Download the EP (name your price) at bandcamp and stream it in full below. Video for the title track below too.
The NYC date of the tour, happening Tuesday (9/16) at The Studio at Webster Hall, also includes local post-rock/post-metal soarers Sannhet, making for a great bill all around. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Sannhet also play the first of two Virus shows at Saint Vitus (10/24) with Krallice and Couch Slut. Tickets for that show are still available too. If you've yet to hear it, stream Sannhet's great 2013 EP, Lions Eye, below.
We've already heard "Mumble" and "Heavy" from the new Whirr album, Sway (due 9/23 via Graveface), and they since released a third single, "Lines." Stream that below. Cloakroom's upcoming double LP has been delayed until early 2015, but they have (or maybe had by the time they get to NYC) a 7" of a new song "Lossed Out" (limited to 65 copies) with them on tour. A stream of their 2013 debut, with the list of dates and all the other streams, below.
by Ian Chainey
You could call Norwegian weirdos Virus quirky metal, but that doesn't really approximate their mind effing. Czral, leader of the three-piece, agrees: "Virus is more of an eccentric rock band than a metal band. People have said it sounds like a mixture of Talking Heads and Voivod." Oh and their first album, 2003's Carheart, has lyrical themes revolving around "dogs and cars." So, yeah, metal isn't totally accurate and quirky is an understatement. Fun, though? That they are.
Virus will be heading to the US for the first time this October, spending two headlining nights at NYC's Saint Vitus on October 25 & 25. The first night (10/24) will feature a bill including Krallice, Sannhet, and Couch Slut. The second night (10/25) reshuffles the deck with Ocrilim, Dysrhythmia (who will be playing with Oneida on Thursday [7/ 17] at Glasslands), and Geryon (who are playing the Acheron tonight [7/14] with Alrune, Belus, and Ancient Ocean). According to Saint Vitus, "[Virus] will be performing two different sets each night, and rumor has it that Czral will also be DJing at Saint Vitus Bar the night before, on October 23rd." The shows are currently the band's only North American dates. Tickets for both events (October 24 and October 25) go on sale tomorrow (7/15) at noon.
You can check out the Virus flyer along with some streams of the band below.
Swedish experimental rockers The Skull Defekts, who count Lungfish's Daniel Higgs as a member, released their newest album with him on board, Dances in Dreams of the Known Unknown, earlier this year via Thrill Jockey. You can get a taste of that from the trippy video for single "The Known Unknown" below.
The Skull Defekts are supporting that album with a short US tour that kicks off in Chicago on Tuesday (4/29). While Daniel Higgs will not be with The Skull Defekts on most of this tour, he will join them at their NYC shows which happen on May 3 at Trans Pecos with PC Worship, Ornament and Zomes (DJs); and May 4 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Sannhet and Survival.
The Trans Pecos show is an afternoon outdoor show, with a BBQ starting at 3:30 PM and the music starting at 4:30 PM. No advance tickets for that one, but tickets for the Studio show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with that video, below...
By Doug Moore
Pelican at the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
While North America will probably never be able to give the EU a run for its money when it comes to huge blowout metal festivals in the Wacken or Roadburn vein, the lands on this side of the Atlantic are hosting an increasing number of smaller but more targeted (and thereby more appealing, if you ask me) shindigs. Hot on the heels of yesterday's inaugural Deathwish Fest announcement comes another first-timer fest: Southern Darkness Fest, which will take place in Tampa, FL on August 23. As the fest site puts it:
Southern Darkness Festival brings the best of extreme and experimental music right to Tampa's historic district of Ybor. More than 20 bands will deliver a diverse range of heavy music, from Post Rock all the way to Grindcore. With a lineup that is second to none, SDF is bound to leave a mark in Florida's heavy music scene and turn heads worldwide.Though Southern Darkness will take place in the historic seat of American death metal, its lineup ironically doesn't include any death metal -- Maruta and Yautja (see? they're everywhere) are as close as it comes. Most of the fest's big-name draws are post-metal or sludge bands: Pelican, Black Tusk, Zoroaster, Junius, Mouth of the Architect, A Storm of LIght, and so forth. There's also a solid grind/hardcore contingent -- the aforementioned Maruta, Phobia, Weekend Nachos, Coke Bust, Strong Intention, and more.
Organized by music fans for music fans, SDF sets out to create a special experience for fans and artists alike. The historic district of Ybor is not only the perfect setting for an artistically minded crowd, but also houses Tampa's best live music venues - all in walking distance from one another.
The fest will be organized along CMJ-esque lines; it'll take place at a number of venues simultaneously, with a single ticket pass earning you entrance to all of them. (If you know Tampa, you may be familiar with them: The Orpheum, Crowbar, Ybor Live.) Specific show details are still to come. Tickets will be $35 for presale and $40 on the day of the fest, which is pretty reasonable, given that most of this fest's attendees will probably have to travel for it. They're not on sale yet, but will be on an unspecified date in late April; in the meantime, you can keep an eye on the fest's Facebook for updates.
More bands will be announced soon, but the full initial lineup is below...
by Doug Moore
Sannhet at SXSW 2014 (via Invisible Oranges Instagram)
Back in 2011, NYC-based metal blog MetalSucks released a pair of free "NYC Sucks" compilations that featured music by small-to-midsized area bands. (You can find Volume 1 here and Volume 2 here.) Some of the featured bands went on to great things while others fizzled, but together, the two comps remain a telling snapshot of the heavy music landscape in the city at the time.
Three years down the line, MetalSucks have released the first of two more NYC Sucks comps. Unsurprisingly, NYC Sucks Volume 3 features a lot of bands that we've covered here on BV -- Primitive Weapons, Sannhet, So Hideous, Natur, Tidal Arms & Car Bomb all come to mind. It includes some under-the-radar gems, too (Black Table, Ruine, etc.) You can stream the full thing and check out the track listing below, or you can download it for free here.
Some of these bands have upcoming local shows, too. So Hideous are appearing at Saint Vitus tonight (3/31) with Abigail Williams and fellow locals Cryptodira; Natur are hitting Black Bear Bar (formerly Public Assembly) on April 11 in support of old-guard UK metallers Satan on their first North American tour; and Sannhet will be supporting Yamantaka // Sonic Titan at their upcoming Baby's All Right show on 4/13, along with Odonis Odonis.
Stream the full NYC Sucks Volume 3 below...
Odonis Odonis at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in February (more by Ebru Yildiz)
As mentioned, Canada's Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are coming to the US for some shows, including one in NYC on April 13 at Baby's All Right with local post metallers Sannhet. Since we last spoke, fellow Canadian band Odonis Odonis was added to that show, making for an excellent triple bill. Tickets are still available.
The Toronto noise rock crew will release their new album, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, on April 15 via Buzz Records. Since we last spoke, Odonis Odonis released two more tracks from that album, "Order in the Court" and "Angus Mountain." You can stream both of those, along with their full list of tour dates, below...
videos by unARTig
Nothing at Saint Vitus - 3/20/14 (via @nicoletteelvie)
After playing SXSW, Philly shoegazers Nothing brought their tour to NYC for a sold-out show at Saint Vitus last night (3/20) with Dark Blue, Sannhet and York Factory Complaint. During their set they covered Nirvana's "Sliver" (which they've done before), and unARTig was on the scene to capture it. Check out a video of their cover, plus one of them playing "Get Well" and videos of the three openers, below.
Nothing's tour has them back in NYC for a free Converse Rubber Tracks Live show on April 4 at Glasslands with DIIV, which is now also "sold" out.
And speaking of Nirvana, Seattle police reexamined Kurt's death case, saying "It's a suicide. This is a closed case." Nirvana also have other news, including a campaign to turn Kurt's childhood home into a museum, a Rock Hall update, a Record Store Day 7", and a cover of "Dumb" by Sivu. More on all that here.
by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher
Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
SXSW may be all about catching the hippest bands--check out the SXSW schedule for a lowdown on what's going on (or browse our "SXSW" tag for some highlights) -- including three BV day parties and the BV official showcase -- but there's no shortage of metal to bang your head to, either. Our metal blog, Invisible Oranges, is putting on a showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St.) with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In), Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and there are a number of other showcases and parties bringing heavy vibes. Here's a rundown of those events (with flyers and more details below).
On Tuesday night (3/12), Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase goes down at House of Vans at Mohawk (912 Red River) with Indian, Kylesa, Power Trip, Christian Mistress, Windhand and Iron Reagan outside; and Youth Code, Gnaw, Primitive Man, Psalm Zero, Sannhet and Yautja inside.
On Wednesday (3/13), it's the first of four Converse x Thrasher Death Match day parties at the Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) from noon to 6 across two stages with heavy representation from Earthless and The Shrine, plus some fun non-metal like Black Lips, Trash Talk (who also play the free Thursday BV party at Red 7), Cherry Glazerr and more. Free to the public.
Stereofly is also throwing a free party at Javelina Bar (69 Rainey St) with Yautja, Primitive Man, Gnarwhal and more.
There's also a not-free Heavy Metal Parking Lot day-into-night party at The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Rd) with Wino's reformed Spirit Caravan, The Shrine, Kylesa, Lazer/Wulf, Truckfighters and more. You can get advance tickets to that one.
Wednesday night, Relapse Records (who signed Iron Reagan, who do play SXSW but not this show) throws their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St) with Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon. You can also catch Nothing for free at the Thursday BV party at Red 7 which Trash Talk is also playing.
Not far from there, Roadhouse Management / Nuclear Blast Records will be presenting their showcase inside at Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) with Orchid, Kadavar, Scropion Child, BP Fallon & the Bandits, Mothership, Sweat Lodge and The Well. (Not metal, but outside at that same venue on the same night is our BrooklynVegan showcase. And hey, there are some heavier bands like Touche Amore and Frameworks on the bill.)
Also on Wednesday night, you can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies at Remedy (209B W. 5th St) with a non-metal lineup of Sean Nicholas Savage, Audacity, Tyvek and more.
Thursday (3/13), the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties continue with Windhand, Nothing and not exactly metal (not that Nothing is really metal either), but certainly loud bands Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, together PANGEA and Dirty Fences.
Then at night, it's our previously mentioned Invisible Oranges showcase at the Quantum Lounge with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus.
We do of course hope you come, but you can also catch Scale the Summit, The Ocean, Rivers of Nihil, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes at the Metal Injection showcase at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St).
It's the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties again on Friday (3/14) with the recently reunited NYHC band Judge, the recently reunited '80s-era SST vets Bl'ast, plus quality newer bands like Kylesa, Power Trip, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Reagan, Southern Lord-signed LA band Obliterations (not to be confused with Relapse-signed Norwegian band Obliteration), Youth Code and more.
During the day on Friday, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest also has a free party at G Pen Annex (corner of 6th and Red River) with Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Counterparts, Downpresser and more.
That night, MetalSucks puts on their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St), headlined by Animals as Leaders, and also featuring sets by After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores and East of the Wall.
The last day of the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties happens on Saturday (3/15), and though there's no metal at all on this one, you can still rage to Perfect Pussy and Diarrhea Planet.
Then, Saturday night, Tone Deaf Touring's showcase is at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River) with Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim and Vaporizer.
And if you've got a badge, you can check out some of the metal panels during the day, including From Riffs to Bits with James Williamson (The Stooges) and Buzz Osborne (Melvins) on Friday at 12:30 PM, and Has Metal Lost Its Edge? with Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Gigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), former BrooklynVegan contributor Fred Pessaro (Noisey), and Kim Kelly (Pitchfork) on Thursday at 3:30 PM.
That's a good amount of choices of the heavy persuasion for this year's SXSW, but if you're trying to narrow down the things you want to catch, we've put together a list of 11 metal bands we're looking forward to seeing. Check out that list (in alphabetical order) and along with flyers and set times for the above-mentioned shows, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan at BV-CMJ 2013 (more by Chris La Putt)
Theatrical Canadian rockers Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are returning to our side of the border for SXSW and Austin Psych Fest, and they'll also be playing a number of club shows around then too. One of the shows is in Brooklyn on April 13 at Baby's All Right with local post-black metal band Sannhet. Considering the slight metal tendencies of YT//ST that pairing isn't entirely out of left field, but it's still a bit unexpected and sounds like it should be awesome. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale now.
The rest of the US dates are with Perfect Pussy, whose tour has them in NYC a few days before YT//ST's Baby's All RIght show.
You can also catch Sannhet sooner when they play Saint Vitus on March 20, opening for Nothing. Also on that bill is Dark Blue (mems. Clockcleaner, Ceremony, Purling Hiss) and York Factory Complaint. Tickets are still available.
All YT//ST dates are listed, with streams from them and Sannhet, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Nothing at Baby's on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Philly shoegazers Nothing are only a couple of weeks away from releasing their debut album, Guilty of Everything (due out 3/4 via Relapse). After releasing two of its tracks, "Dig" and "Bent Nail," we now get a third taste of the album, "Endlessly." Like the previous two singles (and pretty much the whole album), "Endlessly" is heavy, and the atmospheres take the forefront, but there's an underlying pop song in there too. Check it out, via Rolling Stone, below.
Song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
We talked about Dark Blue, the new Philly trio from John Sharkey III (Clockcleaner, Puerto Rico Flowers), Andy Nelson (Ceremony, Paint It Black) and Mike Sneeringer (Purling Hiss) back in early January when they came to NYC for a Nothing Changes party. At that point, the band had still yet to release any music, but they've since announced that their debut 7" will soon come out on Katorga Works with "Subterranean Man" on the a-side backed by "Skinhead Wedding In Canberra." Sharkey has talked about the UK ''77 Punk influence on this project, which you can totally hear in the music -- those choppy power chords are pretty poppy for Katorga Works. But like a past Katorga Works band, Merchandise, the vocals embrace the gothy baritone of the '80s, and there's even a little Jim Morrison on that repeated line, "Death in the city/death in the city above." You can stream the a-side of the 7" below.
Dark Blue will play a release party for the new 7" in Philly this March, and they'll be back in NYC to open the previously discussed Saint Vitus show (3/20) on fellow Philly band Nothing's tour. Brooklyn post-black metal specialists Sannhet were added to that show as well. Tickets are on sale now.
Song stream below...
by Doug Moore
Morbid Saint @ MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Let's start by looking forward:
Some cool shows are coming up this weekend: the Converge/Cave In side project Mutoid Man, plus MANALIVE, & Summoner, will play Saint Vitus tonight (12/13). If you're in more of a noise mood, you can catch Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Whorid, Compactor, & Existence In Decline at Acheron. Tomorrow (12/14) at ABC No Rio, Tombs (who just finished recording the follow up to their 2011 breakthrough Path of Totality) will play an matinee with Sannhet, Windfaerer, and Barbarian. (Argonauts appears to have dropped from the bill, unfortunately.)
Black Cobra, Morbid Saint, Deceased, and Power Trip are all coming to NYC in the new year. Locals Mutilation Rites also announced an NYC show in January with Subjugation and Sacrificial Massacre. Keep an eye on our NYC metal calendar for further updates + deets.
And now, let's look back:
As you've probably noticed, we're in full end-of-year mode both here at BV and over at Invisible Oranges -- we ran best-albums posts by IO contributors Greg Majewski, Chris Rowella, Rhys Williams, Dan Lawrence, and Ian Chainey. We also reviewed our seven best live photos of the year and had some horrifying fun watching the ten worst metal vids of the year (they're really, really bad).
In between, we found time to debut some new Iron Reagan music (who are also gonna be in town soon) and speak with the elusive sole member of The Ruins of Beverast. And, as ever, we ran down all the new metal releases fit to buy.
Some other miscellaneous items:
Cynic released the first single from their upcoming album. It's, um, very cheery. Carcass also released a music video for "Unfit For Human Consumption" off Surgical Steel, which frontman Jeff Walker carries largely with his deadpan lip-syncing. And Slayer's lengthy relationship with Rick Rubin is looking shaky.
Stream the Cynic song and the Carcass vid below. What's missing?
Photos by Greg Cristman
Stop & Frisk / UNICORN CHOICE @ 2013 Rock Lottery
The 2013 edition of the annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery took place on Saturday (12/7) at Knitting Factory where members of various local bands -- including Walter Schreifels, "Delicate" Steve Marion, and Maria Minerva -- were thrown together randomly to form new groups, and then write and perfors new songs all in the course of 12 hours. Proceeds went to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education.
The bands met at 10 AM and were divvied up as follows:
Stop & Frisk: Maria Minerva, Jeff Curtin (Small Black), Steve Myers (The Afghan Whigs / Mighty Fine), Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box / Slavic Soul Party / Barbez), Mauro Remiddi (Porcelain Raft)In addition to original songs, the bands threw in some covers as well. Stop & Frisk covered Prince's "Darling Nikki" and Black Purple covered the Beastie Boys "Sabotage." Pictures from the 2014 Rock Lottery are in this post.
Black Purple: Zach Jaeger (Chron Turbine), Awkwafina, Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls / Violent Femmes), Stephen Brodsky (Cave In / Mutoid Man), Deron Pulley (Les Bonhommes)
UNICORN CHOICE: Andrew Keoghan (Lawrence Arabia / Lips), Christopher Todd (Sannhet), Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand / Rival Schools)
U.W.I: James Canty (The Make-Up / Ted Leo / Nation of Ulysses), Angus Tarnawsky (Apache Beat / Devin / Ef Es VII/2), John Stanesco (Friend Roulette), Corey Zaloom (Riverwild), Oliver Ackerman (A Place To Bury Strangers)
HXMXN PXXPLX: (L to R): William Kuehn (Rainer Maria / Shining Mirrors / The Prosaics), Alyson Greenfield, Christian Owens (Bad Girlfriend), Stuart Bogie (Superhuman Happiness / Antibalas / Fela! The Musical), Hanoi Jane (Onieda)
by Wyatt Marshall
"Hardcore Lørd" at Brooklyn Rock Lottery 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
The fourth annual Brooklyn Rock Lottery, which happens on 12/7 at Knitting Factory and randomly puts various members of different bands into new bands for just that day, has expanded upon the previously announced list of participants. Lineup additions include members of Quicksand, Afghan Whigs, DIIV, A Place to Bury Strangers, Dresden Dolls, Antibalas, Sannhet and more. There's still five more artists TBA and one "Very Special Guest," who, like everyone else, will be suject to the following:
The premise is simple, but effective. Twenty-five hand picked musicians meet at 10:00AM at the evenings performance venue. These volunteers are organized into five groups through a lottery-based chance selection. The five separate groups are then released to practice at different locations. The musicians have twelve hours to create a band name and three to five songs (with a one cover-song limit). The groups will then perform what they have created that evening in front of a waiting audience.Previously announced participants include members of The Make-Up/Nation of Ulysses, Cave In, Oneida, Rainer Maria, and more. Full lineup, as it currently stands, below.
Tickets for the Rock Lottery are on sale now, and all proceeds go to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, a non-profit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education. There will also be a raffle at the Rock Lottery giving away some not-too-shabby swag including first class tickets from Delta and badges to next year's Northside Festival. Check out pics & a recap from last year's Rock Lottery. A video of last year's (via Animal) below.
As discussed, Sannhet, whose drummer Christopher Todd is participating in this year's Rock Lottery, just put out a new EP titled Lions Eye. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it below.
A Place to Bury Strangers's Oliver Ackerman is also participating, and as discussed, his band is scheduled to play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Friday, November 29 with Dawn of Midi, Pontiak and Woodsman, so check that out if you want to get your grub on and catch a free show or if you need an activity to get you out of your Thanksgiving food coma.
Check out the list of participants, video from last year's Rock Lottery, and Sannhet EP stream, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Sannhet at the IO CMJ Showcase 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Brooklyn's instrumental post-black metal specialists Sannhet released a new EP yesterday titled Lions Eye, the band's first new material since Known Flood came out back in February. In typical Sannhet fashion, Lion's Eye delivers big gorgeous shimmering guitars and a wealth of blast beats that meander from epic peak to epic peak. The EP is divided into two tracks---"Lions Eye" and "You Thy_"---but the two songs work best played together, where a brief spoken word film sound bite that segues from one etherial blast to the next. Stream the whole thing in this post.
Sannhet recently brought their potentially seizure-inducing live light show to night two of the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase, where they played in direct support to headliners Pelican on a stacked lineup that included Kings Destroy, Wreck & Reference, Phantom Glue and Pyrrhon.
Note: this post originally said that Sannhet was playing an upcoming show with TOAD, but that ended up not being true.
Stream Lions Eye below...
photos by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore
Pelican / Aksumite at IO CMJ @ Saint Vitus, 10/17/2013
Invisible Oranges threw two sold-out CMJ bashes last week -- the first (10/17) featured HASJ, Aksumite, Primitive Man, Ringworm, and Pelican on Thursday (10/17), while the second spotlit Pyrrhon, Phantom Glue, Wreck & Reference, Kings Destroy, Sannhet, and Pelican (again) on Friday (10/18, right after the BV day party). We also had an late-night afterparty show on Friday featuring Flown, Aksumite, Phantom Glue, and Ramming Speed.
We've got a huge collection of pictures and video of all three shows over at Invisible Oranges. You can scope out some of the pics and vids in this post from both our official showcase and head to IO for the full collection.
More pics, and video, below...
by Doug Moore
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
The new Doomriders album, Grand Blood, came out yesterday. As you may recall, they're also playing a string of support dates for the extremely awesome-looking High On Fire/Kvelertak tour going down in November, including the November 15 NYC date at Webster Hall (tix available here).
To celebrate, we've got a lengthy interview with Newton over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt:
Is there a particular Doomriders song that you use for a particular purpose?Read the whole thing over at IO. You can purchase Grand Blood here; we've got a song streaming and the full run of High on Fire dates below.
There's a number of different ones. There's one song in particular called "The Chase" that Jeb, our bass player, sings on. It's really mid-tempo, a head bobber, but it's good to throw in the middle of a set because when I'm usually screaming my head off, it gives me a bit of a rest. "Jealous God" is a good song to let everybody tune but build some tension, because it opens with me just hitting that one note for a while, so we can kind of raise the intensity using feedback, different effects and things. It's like when you sequence an album. You want it to take you on a journey.
The new one's sequenced really well―the last four songs, from "Back Taxes" into "Gone to Hell," just blitz to the end.
The last record was a lot more expansive―I think we put too much material on the last record. With this one, I wanted you to put it on and listen from beginning to end. You have a record like that, that is paced so well that when it ends you want to start it all over? That was the goal. Think of the album like a Pixies song. You need to have the loud and the quiet, the fast and the slow. We're all just really excited to play all the new songs. If it was up to me, we'd just go out and only play the new songs.
Speaking of celebrating, we've also posted a preview of our Friday night (10/18) CMJ showcase at Saint Vitus. As with our Thursday event at Vitus, Pelican will be headlining, but with a different support lineup: Sannhet, Kings Destroy, Wreck & Reference, Phantom Glue, and Pyrrhon. And don't forget about our late-night free show/boozefest at the Omega Order warehouse on Friday with Aksumite, Phantom Glue, Flown, and a special guest headliner.
Doomriders dates are listed, along with a song from Grand Blood, below.
by Doug Moore
You already knew that Pelican would headline both nights of Invisible Oranges' two-night 2013 CMJ showcase. And now I'm pleased to announce the rest of line-up. The shows will take place on October 17 & 18 at Saint Vitus:
10/17Buy tickets for the show on 10/17 here, and for 10/18 here.
Wreck & Reference
In related news, Pelican debuted a new song from their upcoming LP, Forever Becoming, over at Noisey today. Stream it below.