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by Ian Chainey

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Icelandic cowboys Sólstafir premiered new track "Dagmál" over on Invisible Oranges today. The song is from their forthcoming effort Ótta which will be released by Season of Mist on September 2 (preorder). And, like most of their work, it's a cool little number. If you're burning up in the summer sun, it's a welcome respite. Here's a bit of what we said about it on IO:

["Dagmál"] uses guitars like a cool breeze; almost more of a Windy & Carl soundscape than a rock song. ("Here Come the Cold Jets" is another thought.) Yet "Dagmál" does rock, driving with a tempo befitting freeway travel. Drummer Guðmundur Óli Pálmason maintains cruise control while tapping the gas with Keith Moon fills. He's never obtrusive, though. None of the players are, right down to the simple melody that runs repeatedly through the track's five minutes. This leaves singer Aðalbjörn Tryggvason to do the heavy lifting, to be the listener's surrogate. He's up to the task, reprising his role as one of metal's most charismatic vocalists. But Sólstafir work as a whole. You don't admire them for the brush strokes. It's about stepping back, seeing the bigger picture, and feeling the wave of emotion wash over you.
You can give "Dagmál" a listen below.

Sólstafir will be hitting various European locales this fall after creating quite a stir stateside at this year's Maryland Deathfest. Speaking of, early bird tickets for the 2015 edition of MDF went on sale last Saturday (7/19) and the batch of 300 sold out within a matter of minutes. And for good reason. We ran down the 30-plus confirmed bands for MDF XIII at IO last week. It's another intriguing mix of the big names with the up-and-comers. Of course, if May 21, 2015 is a little too far in the future and you need your MDF fix now, Brooklyn venue Acheron is screening the Welcome to Deathfest documentary on August 9 along with sets from Argentinum Astrum and Belus (tickets).

All of Sólstafir's Euro dates are listed, with the "Dagmál" stream, below...

Continue reading "Solstafir releasing 'Otta' (stream new song, "Dagmal")"

by Ian Chainey

Anaal Nathrakh at Inferno Festival, 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
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If you're not busy loading your pig's blood supersoaker, let's take a walk on the newswire:

I wish I could vomit contracts on you people: Ruthless black metallers Anaal Nathrakh are now on Metal Blade and will have a new album out later this year. In other signing news, Relapse is the home of Gruesome, the Matt Harvey-led death metal supergroup. Actually, that should be Death, with a capital D. Says Harvey, "Their support in our mission to keep the early Death sound alive means a lot, especially since they're the home of the Death catalog." This signing is not a test of power, this is not a game. Lastly, Old Wounds, the ultra-pissed hardcore monster, are now on Good Fight. The new EP, Death Projection, will be out on September 16.

Those labels giveth, "fans" are taking things away. Eyehategod were robbed in St. Louis. "Hey folks - wanted to put this out there in case anybody can help that last Wednesday June 18th in St. Louis, MO our van was broken into while we were on stage." Ugh. As far as financials go, it has been a rough tour for the reformed legends, shame since Mike IX Williams loves being on the road. Any leads, post to their Facebook. In addition to the EHG pilfering, someone made off with Shadows Fall's merch twice: "...so anyways our man Mikey leaped off stage and half the crowd gave chase too but unfortunately him and his buddy got away in a red Toyota/honda compact car with the license plate CFP4362 NC."

So, let that be a lesson: Treat these upcoming tourers better. Tech death speed freaks Origin will be hitting the road with King Parrot, Beyond Creation, Abolishment of Flesh, and Your Chance To Die in August. No venues announced yet, so check back for more. And occult doomers Castle are heading back out in support of Under Siege. On July 15, the band will swing into Saint Vitus. Tickets and support slots will be announced soon. All of the dates are listed below.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

Accept have a new video up for "Blind Rage" from Stampede (August 15, Nuclear Blast - Preorder). The band will be playing a few live dates with Raven in the US later this year. Voodoo Gods -- featuring Cannibal Corpse's George Fischer, Nuclear Rabbit's Jean Baudin, and Jean Baudin's stupid big bass (so many trees died for that thing) -- shot a flick for "Renaissance Of Retribution." Anticipation For Blood Leveled In Darkness will on shelves July 28. Finally, Kurt Ballou was tasked with creating a video for Stompbox Sonic, so he wrote and recorded an entire song. Because Kurt Ballou is a workhorse put on this planet to make you feel like crap about your own productivity. Sigh. All of the videos appear below.

A few full streams hit the web this week to coincide with their physical release. Powerviolence nutters ACxDC are streaming Antichrist Demoncore in full. The noisy Beige Eagle Boys put up the entirety of You're Gonna Get Yours. The super-heavy Rorcal are showcasing their Live in Geneva featuring a guest spot from droner KK Null. But Nunslaughter wins if we're basing this thing on pure volume. Angelic Dread's 31 tracks are now available on Hells Headbanger's Bandcamp. All streams appear below.

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For the single tracks, Wolves in the Throne Room opened third-eyes with their celestial experiment "Initiation At Neudeg Alm" from Celestite (July 8, Artemisia Records). They'll be embarking on a short West Coast tour soon, dates are listed below. Long-running thrashers Overkill have debuted "Armorist" from White Devil Armory (July 22, eOne Music). Overkill will be touring with Prong soon. The Icelandic cowboys Solstafir have dropped "Lágnætti" from Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - Preorder). And stoner rock riff bank Karma to Burn are now streaming "57" from Arch Stanton (August 8, Deepdive Records and FABA Records). Karma to Burn will be touring Great Britain this summer. All of the dates are listed, along with the streams, below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

FRIDAY (6/27): True to the fests name, Marytrdoom at Saint Vitus gets rolling with DOOM: Australia's Mournful Congregation, Imprecation, Begrime Exemious, Holocaustum, and Geryon (tickets). Elsewhere, powerviolence icons Infest, Magrudergrind, Hounds of Hate, and Chain Rank invade the Acheron, but that one is sold out; Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine plays with Negative Approach and All Torn Up at Highline Ballroom (tickets).

SATURDAY (6/28): More Martyrdoom at Saint Vitus with some nasty tremolo dealers: Sargeist, One Tail One Head, Typhus, Forteresse, and Sacrament Ov Impurity; If you want some tech and widdle, Malignancy, Goemagot, and Sexcrement are at the Acheron (tickets);  and Dust Angel, Demencia Alkoholika, Justin Symbol, and the winningly named Vomit Fist are at ABC No Rio. Tickets are $8 at the door, doors are at 2 PM. Wish: a Vomit Fist/Sexcrement tour package, please.

SUNDAY (6/29): Martyrdoom continues at Saint Vitus with a black metal bill to blargh for: Behexen, Hell Militia, Prosanctus Inferi, and Hekseri. That one is sold out. So, the Acheron has your punk parachute with Angel Du$t, Criminal Instinct, Hard Stripes, and Brain Slug (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: The new releases were STACKED and we tracked them all with Upcoming Metal Releases. We had our share of killer premieres with Cardinals Folly, Fórn, and Sivyj Yar. We talked with the divisive Drew Daniel of the Soft Pink Truth and he played us his intro/outro mix. Scab Casserole went to go see Shadows Fall and HIS REACTION MAY SURPRISE YOU (sorry, always wanted to write that). Plus, Scab collected the weirdest and most nonsensical of metal's poets. Then, Joseph Schafer showed off everything he learned from Chris Black and his band High Spirits. Finally, SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYER. We did a presale for their upcoming tour with Exodus and Suicidal Tendencies.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Anaal Nathrakh, Gruesome, Accept, Karma to Burn, Eyehategod, Origin, weekend shows & more"

by Ian Chainey

Mastodon at Terminal 5, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
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Wanna buy the new Mastodon album? You can now accomplish that feat with bitcoins. Isn't the future amazing?! You're still probably going to die from a cold. Anyway, let's take a walk on the newswire:

Big membership shake-ups for old-guy thrashers: Exodus said farewell to singer Rob Dukes and welcomed Steve "Zetro" Souza back into the fold. This is Zetro's third stint with the Bay Area band. Before the reintroduction, he was biding his time in Hatriot, which is a music group and not what happens during a rowdy Lids sale. Stream a Zetro-era Exodus classic below. Elsewhere, ex-Slayer Dave Lombardo is suddenly in Amen. The Los Angeles punk outfit just turned 20 and is back in the studio with Ross Robinson.

Ultra-heavy doomers Yob have released more details regarding their forthcoming Neurot release. Clearing The Path To Ascend (also what my bud calls his weed ritual) now has pretty neat cover art and a track listing. In addition, the mad triffid Botanist will hammer away at VI: Flora on August 11 via The Flenser. What's the drunkest instrument? A hammered dulcimer, of course. Stop booing. Art and tracks are down below.

A few groups are hitting the road. Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, and Black Anvil will be setting out on a nationwide roadtrip in September. Plus, you can finally break the seal on your 2015 planner. The melodeath -- and spellcheck infuriating -- Dark Tranquillity and Insomnium are heading to the US in January. They'll play NYC's Gramercy Theatre on January 4. Tickets are will be on sale soon. All of the dates appear below.

Can't make it to a fest this weekend? You can live vicariously through some YouTube sets. (And have easier access to a bathroom, that can't be understated.) Opeth's full performance from Rock am Ring in Germany is up. And snippets of Emperor at Sweden Rock Festival have made their way online, too. It's the black metallers first live gig since 2007 and they closed it out in style by killing a Bathory cover. Both are available below.

Finally, progsters Between the Buried and Me explained why you won't hear old songs on tour:

Unfortunately, when we add some of the more obscure older songs to our set, they either detract from the flow of the show, or just generally go over like a wet fart at a funeral. So to sum it up and get crazy specific, you will still likely hear Mordecai or Selkies on occasion. Maybe even a couple others. But if you want us to play Naked By the Computer or Destructo Spin, you may have to wait until our reunion tour.
So. . .no "Freebird"?

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

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Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions.

A few new flicks are out for your viewing pleasure. The post-punk Beastmilk have gone the creep-o propaganda route with their visual accompaniment to "The Wind Blows Through Their Skulls." (Also how Shakespeare described burping.) And Eyehategod have cut a clip for "Medicine Noose." Reminder, you can catch Eyehategod on the absurdly loaded July 15 show at the Acheron that includes Iron Reagan, Vektor, and Strong Intentions (tickets). All eye candy is below.

As for the streams, blackened sludge slingers Goatwhore check in again with "Schadenfreude" from Constricting Rage Of The Merciless (July 8, Metal Blade - preorder). Origin have put up a lyric video for "Absurdity Of What I Am" (hint: it's tech widdles) from Omnipresent (July 8, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Both bands will be on the Summer Slaughter tour.

Mutilation Rites thrash the hell out of "Contaminate" from Harbinger (July 22, Prosthetic Records - preorder). Mutilation Rites will also be playing Obnoxious Noise Fest 2014 on August 9 at Even Flow Bar & Grill in Bay Shore with Malignancy, Pyrrhon (Doug, come home), Artificial Brain, and more. Tickets are $20 at the door. The full lineup for that one is down below.

More: Icelandic cowboys Solstafir have posted the title track from Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). Nasty cult death metallers Nunslaughter hammered out "Three Nails, One Liar," pulled off of the double disc Angelic Dread (June 24, Hells Headbangers - preorder). Blackened doom pack Wolvhammer dropped "The Desanctification" from Clawing Into Black Sun (July 8, Profound Lore). The blackened Bastard Sapling, featuring members of Windhand, are streaming "Lantern At the End of Time" on NPR. Instinct is Forever, their dual disc full-length, will be out August 26 via Forcefield Records. Check out all the brand new things below.

For full albums, genre chameleons Boris are offering the entirety of Noise on NPR (June 17, Sargent House - preorder). Boris will be touring with Atlas Moth and SubRosa soon. Stoners Wo Fat want you to take a toke of The Conjuring (June 17, Small Stone Recordings - preorder). And the powerviolence kick-puncher Boddicker -- who just started their tour with Nuclear Hellfrost -- have stuck all of Crime Upheaval up on Bandcamp. Scope Wo Fat and Boddicker below.

Lastly, for little guys and oddities, we got a new Black Sabbath funk take from Brown Sabbath and Ending Quest took a streamroller to OSDM. Both are below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

Trenchgrinder
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TODAY (6/13): The crushing Trenchgrinder, Death of Kings, Vermefug, and Drones for Queens will shake the Acheron (tickets).

TOMORROW (6/14): Looking for an eclectic collection? How about drone, noise, folk, and death metal? Marissa Nadler, PHARMAKON, Youth Code, Pyrrhon (Another Doug sighting, take a shot), and Couch Slut play Saint Vitus as part of Pitchfork's Northside Festival showcase (tickets). Wanna go noisier? Erroraeon, xiphoid dementia, Bereft, and Penchant are over at the Acheron (tickets).

SUNDAY (6/15): Take your pops to a black metal show for Father's Day. Watain, Kosmodemonic, and T.O.M.B. are at Brooklyn Bazaar (tickets). If you're more into punk, there's Violent Bullshit at the Grand Victory. Tickets are $8 at the door, doors are at 2 PM. Finally, there's the sold out Chain Of Strength, Turnstile, MINDSET, Praise, and Caught In A Crowd over at the Acheron. Hey, click faster next time.

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: It was an incredibly stacked week for new releases and Upcoming Metal Releases gave you the lowdown on which ones to buy. We also streamed new stuff from Chicago's doomy Novembers Doom and Norway's Brutal Blues, who are, uh, grind. We also premiered the front-runner for band name of the year with Denmark's Piss Vortex. (Yeah, we streamed Piss Vortex. Laugh it up, get it out of your system.) Great chats were had with Watain's Erik Danielsson and Greyhaze Record's J. Neto, the latter of which gave us a lesson on Brazilian metal just in time for the World Cup. Speaking of, Wyatt also dropped Stream in the Northern Sky #4 with an all U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A collection of patriotic blarghers. And, finally, we posted the final part of Avinash Mittur's crazy-deep look at the Bay Area metal scene.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

And try to avoid Camp Crystal Lake today, okay?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Exodus, Yob, Beastmilk, Goatwhore, Boris, Obnoxious Noise Fest, weekend shows & lots more"

By Ian Chainey

High on Fire at the Bowery Ballroom, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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While 3,000 more people buy Metallica's The Black Album, let's take a walk on the newswire:

Indeed, that figure above is no joke. Metallica's Black Album recently passed the 16 million album mark according to Nielsen Soundscan, which has been tracking album sales since 1991. That puts Metallica up top on the list of most popular albums since Soundscan came into existence. Last week, The Black Album moved 3,000 copies. 3,000 copies. 3,000 people dropped their CD on their car floorboard. That's also probably 3,000 greater people than those who remember Napster. YOU WIN LARS. YOU WIN.

Another Judas Priest teaser? ANOTHER JUDAS PRIEST TEASER. JUST GIVE ME THE ALBUM. Redeemer of Souls will be out on July 15 via Epic Records. Find a smidgen of "Halls of Valhalla" below.

High on Fire are back in the studio. Drummer Des Kensel is certainly stoked about it: "Everyone is asking what the new High on Fire music sounds like. Chew on some mescaline and listen to side B of Sabbath's Master of Reality backwards at 78 RPM and it might give you an idea." Black Sabbath on mescaline? So, late '70s Black Sabbath. Got it. Hopefully, the guys preview some of the new songs out on tour. You can find the full list of their non-US engagements (SAD) below.

A few other bands have new albums on the way soon. Mutoid Man, the ripping trio employing Stephan Brodsky (Cave In), Ben Koller (Converge), and Nick Cageao (the guy that makes every band at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus sound nice), have signed to Sargent House. The shredding slayers are targeting 2015 for a new LP. Their last, Helium Head, will also be seeing a re-release. Stream that one below.

The Earth record that was hinted at previously has a name. It's to be dubbed Primitive And Deadly, which is a technical term anthropologist have used to describe caveman farts. Jokes aside, the soulful slow-movers have added more dates to their world tour. Get envious of their travel plans below.

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Solstafir, fresh off of MDF, will release Ótta this summer. Preorders start at Season of Mist on June 10. And Opeth will finally get Pale Communion out into the wild on August 26. Preorders for that one begin on June 3 through Roadrunner Records. Opeth also released the cover art, which can be seen below. The wider, gatefold shot includes the pub's pool table.

Funeral doomers Lycus are looking to hit the road again for their 2013 release Tempest. Their slate of upcoming dates includes Martyrdoom Fest at Saint Vitus on July 1. Blast Tempest and check out their full run below.

Finally, speaking of Martyrdoom, Lord Mantis -- whose new record, Death Mask, we recently streamed in full at Invisible Oranges -- have solidified their upcoming tour schedule. They'll also be hitting the Martyrdoom Fest. All dates appear below.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions, available for your streaming pleasure below.

Might as well get things rolling with a dose of utter insanity. The 30-year-old Mayhem are streaming Esoteric Warfare in full. The long-awaited follow-up to 2007's Ordo ad Chao will see a number of release options via Season of Mist on June 10 (preorder). The LP box comes with a booklet inscribed with this quote: "The will of man is broken." Mayhem have obviously never encountered a chipper Denny's server. Esoteric Warfare's tracklisting and Mayhem's upcoming Euro tour dates are below.

Wolves in the Throne Room set Metal Twitter alight with their Tangerine Dream-influenced woosh. The album details kind of made their M.O. clear, so not sure why everyone is in a huff. Celestite Mirror drops on July 8 through Artemisia Records. Clear your mind and check out the stream below. Unrelated, but does anyone want to start a keyboard-only Stooges cover band called the Mooges?

Noisy rockers Helms Alee and Young Widows have joined forces for a split. The hook-up will be out on Sargent House on June 3 and they're currently previewing the whole darn thing. Helms Alee, the current home for ex-Harkonen frontman Ben Verellen, also put out an LP titled Sleepwalking Sailors in February. The trio is set to hit the road for a short Northwest tour in June. Dates are below.

The NOLA black metal sludge slingers Goatwhore have a lyric video up for "FBS," a track from the upcoming Constricting Rage Of The Merciless that's ready to be unleashed by Metal Blade on July 8. Once the long-player hits the streets, the band will hit the road on The Summer Slaughter Tour, wrapping up their road engagements in August at GWAR-B-Q. Hopefully, by that point, I'll figure out what "FBS" means. Fat bottom stoners, you make the rocking world go 'round? Check out the full tracklisting and the sweet cover art below.

Goatwhore's Summer Slaughter tourmates Fallujah are offering "Sapphire" up for your clicks from their next album, The Flesh Prevails. The progressive slice of death will drop courtesy of Unique Leader on July 22 (preorder). Scope The Flesh Prevails tracklisting below and play, Is it a Death Metal Song or a Sade Song?

There's a new Trap Them smoker off the elegantly titled Blissfucker, something that will surely enter 2015's list of top baby names. This new track is named "Lungrunners." I'm going out a limb and saying it's about the underground lungfish trade. Probably not. Anyway, to ring in the release of Blissfucker (which I will find a way to type as many times as possible; Blissfucker), Trap Them are offering a limited edition seven inch of "Salted Crypts" (preorder). You can stream that Blissfucker track below.

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Mortals, the bringers of mighty death crust, are previewing another killer from Cursed to See the Future, available via Relapse on July 8 (preorder). The trio are celebrating the new release in style at The Acheron on July 18, complete with a music video screening party. The full future tour dates appear below. Relax, you won't be cursed by adding 'em to your calendar now.

Wrapping things up, Wreck and Reference, the unnerving ruiners of listener's underwear, have debuted a track off of Want, their next album due out June 10 on The Flenser (preorder). Get your void gazing in early before the weekend approaches. Want Want.

Now, time to sprint through the rest of the underground. All streams appear below.

Emptiness' eclectic black metal clatter is now streaming in full. This was a favorite on IO's Upcoming Metal Releases, so it's definitely worth a spin.

Bastard Feast's Osculum Infame infuses some much needed energy into the metallic hardcore thing, dropping in weirdo death metal with their core tumult. The album will be available through Season of Mist on July 22 (preorder). Get blasted by "Bloated City" below.

Rude, the OSDM troupe from Berkley, California, are streaming their recently released scuzzy delight, Soul Recall, in full. Yep, the tone matches the band name. Synergy!

If you wanted more weird metal covers, there's a banjo cover of Slayer. And a renfair one. Both are below. Maybe there will a new Kerry King album to add to the pile. Burn.

Lastly, The Lion's Daughter are streaming their new single and the proceeds will go to a good cause. The band will be helping out The Stray Rescue, an operation dedicated to stray dogs and cats in St. Louis. Stream the single below and feel good preordering the record.

Check out all noted streams below.

Let's talk IO: We dropped off a ton of MDF coverage last week in the form of wrap-ups and interviews with the legendary Tomas Lindstrom of At the Gates. We also reviewed this week's heavy hitters, including Black Anvil, Crowbar, and Misery Index. The rest of this week's new stuff resides, as always, in the exhaustive Upcoming Metal Releases. And we had a full day of Profound Lore, streaming the newest from Auroch along with a great chat with Chris Bruni, PFL owner and operator.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: High on Fire, Trap Them, Goatwhore, Mutoid Man, Solstafir, Lycus, Mortals, Mayhem & more"

by Doug Moore

Solstafir at Inferno Festival 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

For such a long-running and accessible band, Iceland's Solstafir have flown remarkably far under the crossover radar for most of their career. Though they started their run in the '90s as an Enslaved-style Viking black metal band, they've since evolved into an adept and extremely hooky progressive rock act that draws as heavily on various "post-" genres as on their native BM. 2009's Köld is a minor masterpiece; it's a miracle that the American indie press didn't catch onto it at the time.

Solstafir may be comparatively obscure in the States because they've never played here...until this year, anyway. We already knew that they're on tap for this year's edition of Maryland Deathfest. It turns out that they've taken advantage of the opportunity to schedule a short run of non-fest North American dates, too, including a NYC appearance happening on 5/16 at Saint Vitus Bar. They'll be accompanied by American post-rockers Junius on all dates (though not at MDF). Tickets for the BK show are available now.

Stream some Solstafir and check out their full run of dates below...

Continue reading "Solstafir going on first US tour w/ Junius before MDF (dates)"

By Doug Moore

Behemoth at Irving Plaza, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)

Behemoth frontman Nergal is kind of a badass -- he's an extremely gifted musician and a live-performance powerhouse who's played an important role in putting the potent Polish metal scene on the international map over the past 20 years. He's also a cancer survivor; after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis, he underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Two years later, Behemoth were back on the road and plowing through high-energy live sets like nothing had happened. Again, badass.

Behemoth announced a 2014 release for The Satanist -- their tenth album, and their first in half a decade -- a few months ago. I admittedly haven't been too excited by their last few efforts, but after watching the NSFW video for leadoff single "Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel" (streaming below), my enthusiasm for the band has been rekindled. It's far moodier and more patient composition than the cluttered, robotic death/black metal that they've produced recently. They can still put the hammer down when they need to, though; the song's final minute is both the catchiest and most intense moment I've heard them produce since the mid-aughts. The video is pretty cool too, especially if you're into artsy black-and-white shots of evil rituals happening in slow motion.

In related news, Behemoth were also recently announced as part of the initial lineup for the 2014 edition of France's Hellfest, which will take place from June 20 through 22 (6/20-6/22). The lineup so far is huge and crazy: there's a "huge rock band" stage, featuring Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Soundgarden, among others; a big-name thrash/black metal stage that spotlights Slayer, Death Angel, Emperor, Iced Earth, Behemoth, and more; a death metal stage that will include Death To All, Carcass, Opeth, Nile, Gorguts, Hail of Bullets, and Weekend Nachos; a smaller black metal stage topped off by Watain, Gorgoroth and 1349; a sludge/stoner stage featuring Electric Wizard, Monster Magnet, Unida, Kylesa, Godflesh, and Clutch; and a punk stage topped by Walls of Jericho, Millencolin, and Turbonegro. Wow. You can reserve tickets now, if you feel like parsing the Google-Translated ticket page.

Check out the Behemoth video and the full set of Hellfest announcements below.

Continue reading "Behemoth debut new song & NSFW video, playing 2014 Hellfest (line-up)"

by Doug Moore

Maryland Deathfest

Okay, this shit is just getting ridiculous. Maryland Deathfest just announced their fourth round of bands, and there are some doozies. Here are the new additions:

CANCER (UK) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1993.

SACRIFICE (Canada) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1992.

NOCTURNUS A.D. - Playing "The Key" album in its entirety.

CROWBAR

DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)

For those unfamiliar with "Nocturnus A.D.", Nocturnus was one of the first death metal bands to use keyboards; their debut LP, The Key, was a minor death metal classic and quite a controversial album when it came out in 1990. Drummer/vocalist Mike Browning (also a former early-days member of Morbid Angel) has been trolling the MDF Facebook page for the past few weeks and repeatedly offering to play the festival, and the organizers apparently caved. So basically, this is a godsend for death metal nerds.

Stream some Nocturnus and Cancer below; check out the MDF lineup to date while you listen.

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest announces more bands (Nocturnus A.D., Cancer, Crowbar & more)"

BBG is back in Oslo, this time for Inferno. Here's what he's catching at the Norwegian metal festival...

by BBG

Autopsy @ Inferno
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It's true. Everything in Europe is a little bit different than the states. Case in point, the classic European mosh pit. In the USA, there's always a few knuckleheads walking in circles and trying to assert their pit supremacy with flailing arms, swing kicks, picking-up-change, and skanking. Kudos to an American band, Autopsy for showing me that European moshing is basically a mass of ear-to-ear smiles, pogoing, and kids bouncing off of each other like pinballs.

Agalloch had just started their set at Inferno by the time I got to the venue on the festival's third night, so I missed sets by Merah, Necronomicon and Aeon Throne. I have seen Agalloch a few times and am used to seeing them in a much smaller space; the Portland band on the gigantic Rockefeller stage was nothing less than epic, probably aided by the amazing knob-twiddling skills of the one and only Billy Anderson (who is touring with them as their soundman). Songs from their recent Marrow Of The Spirit and Ashes Against the Grain never sounded so good.

Agalloch's touring partners, the great Velnias, held down the John Dee in the set directly following, and their grand statements of black metal majesty have never sounded so big. The last time I saw the band was at the DIY space Acheron in NYC, so this was decidedly different.

No offense to either Agalloch or Velnias, but after two sets of multi-part epic black metal, catching Tsjuder on the main stage was a welcome change. Tsjuder were everything I wanted at that moment from a "true Norwegian black metal band" (self described, of course); simple in approach, nihilstic, relentless, hooky but without the corny, and with breakdowns straight from the Celtic Frost playbook. The crowd ate it up like it was a coconut curry (one of the only things to eat at the venue), and so did I. Side note: Tsjuder wins the prize for band with the most fans with a tattoo of their logo at Inferno.

Dead Trooper was next on the John Dee stage, and their thrash hybrid contained elements of black metal and many other different influences mixed in. While that in itself isn't a deal breaker, the alternating growls and clean singing in Hetfield style (sorrow becomes sorroooooo-wah) truly put this band over the "not interested" hump for me. Sorry homies.

I washed my hands clean of Dead Trooper with the always amazing Absu. The lightning fast Texas crew played favorites like the new album opener "Earth Ripper", "Four Crossed Wands", "Thirteen Blows" and my personal favorite Absu track, "Pillars of Mercy." The last time I saw Absu (at Europa), I was told that the song was arranged for two guitars so I am happy that the trio figured out a way to take that Tara classic on the road. Such a unique band, one of the few that can get away with campy song introductions and still rip as hard as the best of them.

Clad in cowboy attire, hair braided, and opening with riffs that sounded like more metallic versions of Morricone soundtracks, I thought I had Solstafir pegged as a progressive metal band with a southwestern slant. Though they started a bit shaky, the band tightened up by the end of the first song and played an interesting set of psychedelic metal with black metal parts that had some great moments. The crowd were nuts for the band, and I was surprised and definitely impressed.

Autopsy was the main attraction of the night, and rightfully so. The primitive death metal legends got the crow riled up and brought the first mosh pit of the evening with songs like "Severed Survival", "Gasping for Air", and later fare like "Maggot Holes" and "Hand of Darkness". So animated. So brutal. So amazing. I can't wait for the Bell House show.

Pictures from day three of Inferno are below.

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