Entries tagged with: Serpentine Path
Maryland Deathfest is less than a month away (May 21-24), and the lineup was already stacked with Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Primordial, Inter Arma, Tombs, D.R.I., Conan, Ufomammut, Sodom and so many more. Yet MDF still felt the need to sweeten the deal, so they went ahead and added one more to the lineup: Mobb Deep.
You didn't read that wrong, and it's not some foreign metal band with a lawsuit ahead of them. The legendary Queensbridge hip hop duo Mobb Deep are playing at 11:30 PM on the Thursday of MDF (5/21) at Baltimore Soundstage, amongst this otherwise metal, hardcore, and metal-related lineup. It's not crazy -- it's not like Slayer wasn't on Def Jam, Anthrax never collaborated with Public Enemy, and metal and hip hop haven't had a crossover fan base for years -- but it should be interesting to see how this goes down. Tickets for just the Mobb Deep show are on sale, and anyone with an MDF 4-day pass or a Thursday Soundstage ticket can get in too.
Mobb Deep also have several other dates including a hometown NYC show this weekend at BB King's on Sunday (4/26) with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif-N-Wessun. Tickets for Sunday's show are still available.
Meanwhile, their seminal 1995 album, The Infamous, turns 20 tomorrow (4/25). Listen to "Shook Ones Pt. II" from that record, with their tour dates and the updated MDF schedule, below...
photo: Portal at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Australian death metallers Portal are coming over to the US for Maryland Deathfest in May, and not long after that they'll play an MDF-presented NYC show on May 27 at Saint Vitus with MDF-mates and related band Impetuous Ritual, plus Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only other US date we're currently aware of.
Since we last spoke, there's been some lineup updates to MDF. The day-by-day schedules can be viewed below and they include new additions Gnaw Their Tongues (also playing Apex Fest at NYC's Trans-Pecos and California Deathfest) and Blood Red Throne. Those are in place of Dragged Into Sunlight and Metal Church, who both dropped off. Certain shows are sold out, but all available ticket options are HERE.
Our metal blog Invisible Oranges, fresh off presenting that awesome Psalm Zero show, is presenting yet another NYC metal show with a great lineup. This one will feature filthy local doom-purveyors Serpentine Path, who share members with Unearthly Trance and Humanless (who were on that Psalm Zero show), up-and-coming Boston doom crew Fórn, and local black metal crew Vilkacis, who share members with Fell Voices and Vorde. The show will take place on January 4 at Saint Vitus, and tickets are on sale now.
Stream Serpentine Path's latest record Emanations, Fórn's new EP The Departure of Consciousness, and Vilkacis's most recent EP The Fever of War, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Tombs at Saint Vitus in July (more by Greg Cristman)
Maryland Deathfest is getting a little more New Yawk with the late addition of NY old-school death metal band Suffocation and Skinless and Brooklyn's own post-metal greats Tombs. Suffocation and Tombs will be playing will be playing the Edison Lot, and Skinless will be playing the 5/21 Ottobar show. MDF announced their third and supposedly final round of bands for the 2015 installation earlier in the week, a bunch that included Yob, Amorphis, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and more.
Tombs and Suffocation will be touring this coming Fall, Tombs with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar (who are also playing MDF). That tour hits Saint Vitus on 10/27 and 10/28. The show on the 27th is sold out, but tickets are still available for the show on the 28th. Suffocation, meanwhile, will be headlining the "Carnival of Death" tour with Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, and Internal Bleeding. That tour starts off at the Gramercy Theatre on October 3. Tickets are on sale.
All dates and updated MDF lineup below...
Napalm Death at Hardcore Activity In Progress (more by Greg Cristman)
Maryland Deathfest 2015 recently announced its initial lineup, and now more bands have been added, including Sodom, Demlich, Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, Primordial, Martyrdod, P.L.F., Noxa, Water Torture, Early Graves, Fulgora, Mother Brain and Pizzahifive.
The first lineup announcement, which Invisible Oranges dissected, included Neurosis, D.R.I., Tripykton, Bulldozer, Melt-Banana, Portal and more. Early bird tickets are sold out but the regular ticket sale begins in a few months.
UPDATE: IO dissected the new lineup announcement too.
Full list of confirmed bands below...
by Ian Chainey
MDF 2014 (via Invisible Oranges Instagram)
Maryland Deathfest XIII happens May 21 - 24, 2015, and today the first round of confirmed bands were announced. 32 in total were listed to whet the appetites of early birds interested in snatching up their tickets when they become available on Saturday, July 19 at 3 PM EST through the Maryland Deathfest website. The bands include such heavyweights as Neurosis, D.R.I., and Triptykon, who missed this year's fest due to the passing of H.R. Giger. Triptykon leads a number of bands who will be making MDF their exclusive US appearance in 2015. Others include Australia's Portal, Sweden's Wolfbrigade, and Norway's Arcturus. The full list that's full of pleasant surprises -- Hello, Bulldozer! Hello, Melt-Banana! -- appears below.
So, while the bill will look different, the venues will remain the same. Per the promoters:
We were satisfied with the venue situation this year, so we've decided to use the same set up again next year. What does this mean? We will use the Edison Lot (located at 545 N. High St) for our 2 main stages, Rams Head (located at 20 Market Pl) will be used each night and will host death/black metal bands, and Soundstage (located at 124 Market Pl) will be used each day/night for grind/hardcore/punk bands. On Thursday, only Rams Head will be used.The full list of bands along with the trailer for Welcome to Deathfest that documents the 2013 event and screens in NYC soon, below...
by Ian Chainey
Relapse Records is rolling right now. Yesterday, the Pennsylvania located label dropped two of the most anticipated releases of the year, Serpentine Path's Emanations and Black Anvil's Hail Death. That would be a crowning achievement for most metal album dealers, but Relapse isn't done. Up next on the docket? Tombs' Savage Gold on June 10. That's a haul and a half, right? We'll wait while you grab your weight belt.
Serpentine Path is an NYC superdoomer. When the cultly adored Unearthly Trance broke-up, bassist Jay Newman, drummer Darren Verni, and singer Ryan Lipynsky kept things slithering slowly with ex-Electric Wizard/-Ramesses member Tim Bagshaw. The quartet expanded into a five-piece after their 2012 eponymous debut, adding Stephen Flam of Winter as a second set of six strings. (Winter's Into Darkness is a cornerstone of the discerning death/doomer's collection.) When we premiered "House of Worship" on Invisible Oranges, Wyatt said, "The song smolders in the post-apocalyptic sense, with expertly arranged, no-nonsense riffing and restrained drumming giving rise to something bleak and sinister." And is he ever right. The rest of Emanations continues that colossal stride, shaking the ground with every step. Listen to the entire reocord below. Make sure to catch them at the IO sponsored show, June 21 at The Acheron with Churchburn, Throaat, and Dridge. (Tickets.)
Speed-wise, Black Anvil is Serpentine Path's polar opposite, hitting a pace typical of blackened thrash. That said, there's little typical about their exemplary execution on Hail Death. The NYC rippers stretch out to Hell Awaits lengths while ably recreating the atmosphere of classic Dissection. Of course, they also throw in their share of head-nodding riffs, showing off the tricks the quartet picked up during their stints in the NYHC band Kill Your Idols. Read another review at IO. Black Anvil will play the full album at Saint Vitus on June 20 with Psalm Zero, FANTOM WARIOR, and Yellow Eyes. (Tickets.) Album stream below.
Of course, you may want to see about sneaking in some overtime before June 10. That's the date of Tombs' Savage Gold. The release will be Mike Hill and company's third full-length and it might be their best work yet. In an upcoming interview soon to hit IO, Hill told me, "This time around, we had a lot of time to work on the material. We wrote a lot but also discarded a lot." That attention to keeping only the cream certainly shows in the three tracks released thus far (listen below). Needless to say, expectations are high. If you're on the West Coast, you're also looking forward to Tombs hitting the road with Pelican for a June tour (dates below).
So, where else can you keep tabs on all of this stuff? Well, we run an Upcoming Metal Releases feature on IO every Monday that runs down the week's points of interest along with a few older selections that you need to know about. This time, we covered Black Anvil, Crowbar, Dead Congregation, Emptiness, Enabler, Eyehategod, Misery Index, Serpentine Path, Vanhelgd, and a whole bunch more.
Streams of Serpentine Path, Black Anvil, and Tombs, with dates below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Unearthly Trance at MHOW in 2012 (more by Marcus Shaffer)
NYC's doom supergroup Serpentine Path are streaming a new song called "House of Worship" off of their forthcoming sophomore album Emanation, due out on May 27 on Relapse. Give it a listen below.
The new album follows their debut self-titled LP which came out in 2012--then, the band was comprised of the entirety of the now-defunct Unearthly Trance and ex-Electric Wizard/Ramesses guitarist Tim Bagshaw. They recently added guitarist Stephen Flam of NYC cult doom legends Winter to the lineup, giving that "supergroup" label even more oomph. Here's a bit of what we had to say about the new song over on Invisible Oranges:
"House of Worship" opens up Emanations, Serpentine Path's follow up to their 2012 self-titled debut. The song smolders in the post-apocalyptic sense, with expertly arranged, no-nonsense riffing and restrained drumming giving rise to something bleak and sinister. The addition of Stephen Flam is a smart and natural one, as Emanations draws on a similar mid-tempo approach to Winter's Into Darkness, where elements of death metal blended seamlessly with guitars coated in viscous sludge.Our metal brethren Invisible Oranges will also be co-presenting Serpentine Path's record release show in NYC at The Acheron on June 2 in conjunction with Signature Riff. The show will also feature Churchburn, Throaat and Dridge, three bands that specialize in various blends of punishing death and doom. Tickets for the show, Serpentine Path's only scheduled date, are on sale now.
Listen to the new Serpentine Path song, plus streams of the other bands on the Acheron show, below...
By Doug Moore
Godflesh at Irving Plaza on 4/10 (more by Greg Cristman)
You've already stopped caring about work for the day. Might as well start sorting out your riff-centric weekend bands. HLD time! Let's knock out the news first.
Noted music writer and general good dude Hank Shteamer is currently running a Kickstarter campaign that intends to reissue a box set of out-of-print albums by the great '90s post-hardcore band Craw. The campaign has four days left and is a ways off from its goal. Pledge here if weird and smart are prereqs for your heavy music library.
Norwegian black metal stalwarts 1349 and NYC sludge supergroup Serpentine Path have both debuted singles from their upcoming albums. Get a piece below.
Local black metal mainstays Mutilation Rites have announced that their new album, entitled Harbinger, will be out this summer via Prosthetic. Antagonistic Floridian tech-grind crew Maruta have also announced plans to record a new album over the summer; Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer will track drums and mix the final product. Maruta will also tour the East Coast around their MDF appearance in May, including a previously-mentioned NYC appearance on May 21 at Saint Vitus alongside Cripple Bastards. The full run of dates are below.
While we're at it, Lord Mantis and Hell Militia have announced a brief tour around their respective Martyrdoom Fest appearances here in NYC in early June. Those dates are below as well.
The Psalm Zero-curated Chaos Bodies local showcase series has announced its next installment, again at Trans Pecos. This one's a doozy: Ocrilim (AKA Mick Barr), Child Abuse, Couch Slut, and Nebadon on April 26 (next Saturday). No presale tix -- $10 at the door.
As for this weekend...
Tonight (4/18): This year's edition of New York's Alright is in full swing, with Inmates, Anasazi, Omegas, Proxy, Warthog, and Mercenary blowing up Le Poisson Rouge (tix). Zyanose, La Misma, Aspects of War, and Life Chain are playing an aftershow at the Acheron that opens its doors at 10pm, but there are no presale tix available. Master are bringing their tour to Saint Vitus, with local support from Insatanity, Fist Hammer, Nervo Chaos, Hate Storm Annihilation, and Netherion (tix). If you wanna get even more old-school than that, you can catch Iced Earth with Sabaton and Revamp for an evening of clean solos and cleaner vocals at Best Buy Theater (tix).
Tomorrow (4/19): New York's Alright continues with Infernöh, Crazy Spirit, Gas Rag, Wiccans, Stoic Violence, and Murderer (tix). The Metal Alliance Tour, featuring Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate, will hit Irving Plaza, though it's sold out.
Sunday (4/20): The entire Metal Alliance lineup sans Behemoth -- that's Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate -- are playing an off-night show at Saint Vitus (tix). Nile are playing a surprisingly under-the-radar show at Stage 48 with Winter Nights, Imperial Crypt, and Sunlord (tix). Somehow, no noteworthy stoner sludge or Christian metal shows were booked for this date.
For more options, check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
Over on Invisible Oranges: we checked out new music by Wrong and Graves at Sea. We chatted with notable metal (and non-metal!) illustrator Randy Ortiz about his craft, and we straight-up chilled with Godflesh at their NYC show for our East Village Radio show -- don't forget to tune in next week at 10pm EST. And, as ever, we ran down all the metal fit to buy.
What'd I miss?
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.
Tombs at Union Pool, March 2012 (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Tombs and -16- will team up for an October tour, part of a BrooklynVegan sponsored trek that covers mostly the East Coast. The dates kickoff in in Pittsburgh and head West and South, eventually looping back to NYC to play Saint Vitus on October 27 with Serpentine Path and Pyrrhon. Tickets are on sale.
Serpentine Path, who have a new LP, recently expanded from four to a five piece with the addition of Stephen Flam of Winter on second guitar (!). Look for the band's live debut at Saint Vitus that night.
All tour dates are listed below, along with the Saint Vitus flyer.
As discussed, Unearthly Trance may have gone the way of the mastodon, but their mammoth doom riffs trample on in Serpentine Path, the new band featuring members of UT plus Tim of Ramesses/Electric Wizard fame. You can read an interview with them from last year for more info.
The band released their debut 7" via Parasitic last year, and now the band is preparing to release their debut LP via Relapse Records on September 11 which you can preorder here. We're debuting the track from the album, "Only a Monolith Remains," below and you can stream another track as well.
So far no word on any live shows, but I'd get my earplugs ready. They're-a-comin'.
Kevin Baker of All Pigs Must Die @ Power of The Riff (more by Taylor Keahey)
Here is our third and final installment in a series where we asked our favorite artists about their highlights of 2011. This batach includes contributions from members of All Pigs Must Die, Altar of Plagues, Hull, "Grim" Kim Kelly, J.Bennett, Chris Bruni (Profound Lore) and many others. Part 1 is HERE. Part 2 is HERE. Part 3 is below...
Serpentine Path 7" art
Take all of Unearthly Trance, add a member of Ramesses (who used to be in Electric Wizard) and what do you get? Serpentine Path, the new collaboration between Tim Bagshaw and NYC's own harbingers of doom. UT first crossed paths with Tim Bagshaw while he was a member of Electric Wizard during the original lineup's 2002 tour together, and over the years have shared stages with Bagshaw's current project, Ramesses. The collaboration has been years in the making, but only shows its head for the first time with a new 7" due at the end of this month via Parasitic Records. Stream half of that 7", "Erebus", for the first time below, and order your copy via the label, who also recently dropped a new Charles Manson and the previously discussed Aldebaran EP on vinyl.
Though Unearthly Trance stepped away from the table for a bit and re-emerged at a show at Saint Vitus earlier this year, Ramesses has remained a constant during all of 2011. The band released the Possessed by the Rise of Magik LP along with Chrome Pineal EP for Ritual Productions in 2011, in addition to Take The Curse which dropped in 2010.
Check out "Erebus" from the new Serpentine Path 7" below, alongside a short interview conducted with Jay Newman (bass) and Tim Bagshaw (guitar)...