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Comedian and serious metalhead Brian Posehn is apparently hard at work on a new metal/comedy album, following up his albums Fart and Wiener Jokes and Live In: Nerd Rage that were both released on Relapse and mixed standup with metal songs. This new thing doesn't have a name yet, but it's going to be on Megaforce records and will feature contributions from Brendan Small of Metalocalypse, Scott Ian (Anthrax), Chuck Billy and Alex Skolnick (Testament), Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), and hopefully (though this hasn't happened yet) Phil Anselmo.

All this info comes from an interview that Brian did with Metal Injection, where he also discusses his starring role in the new Christmas comedy Uncle Nick, which was executive produced by Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris, of all people, and is out now.

Check out the interview, the trailer for Uncle Nick, and the video for Posehn's "Metal By Numbers," below...

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by Bill Pearis


Featuring original Soundgarden bassist Hiro Yamamoto and ex-Screaming Trees drummer Mark Pickerel, '90s Seattle band Truly was primarily driven by singer/guitarist Robert Roth and together they crafted heavy psych that was tied to grunge but pretty unlike anything else going on at the time. The band released an EP on Sub Pop in 1991 but didn't get around to making their debut album, the conceptual Fast Stories...From Kid Coma till 1995 which was released by Capitol Records. It's a real lost gem from that era, employing keyboards, strings and other then out-of-fashion elements, while still being heavy and melodic. A YouTube stream of the album is below.

Truly, who reformed in 2008 and have been performing live sporadically ever since, will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fast Stories with a fall tour that kicks off at NYC's Mercury Lounge on September 22. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

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photo: Chris w/ Soundgarden in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell's NYC show at Beacon Theatre went on sale today and quickly sold out. He's now added a second date for the next night (10/19), which is on sale now.

All dates are listed below...

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is releasing his first solo album of new material since 2009's ill-advised Timbaland-produced Scream this year. It's called Higher Truth (due 9/18) and he's going on an acoustic tour in support of it that hits New Brunswick on 10/12 at State Theatre and NYC on 10/18 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for those shows are on AmEx presale now. Venue presales start Thursday, and general on-sales start Friday (10 AM and 11 AM respectively), and Beacon also has a Chase presale starting Thursday at 11.

Tickets to the two Toro Y Moi shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see the The Juan Maclean shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to see the Kathryn Calder show at Mercury Lounge go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Tickets to the Joanna Gruesome show at Rough Trade go on AmEx presale today at noon.

Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men, whose new album Beneath the Skin is out this month, play Beacon Theatre on September 22 and King's Theatre on September 24. Tickets for those are currently on AmEx presale, with a Bowery/venue presale starting Thursday (6/4) at 11 AM and the general on-sale starting Friday (6/5) at 11 AM.

Long-running indie rock band Eleventh Dream Day play Mercury Lounge on August 21. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon with the general on-sale starting Friday (6/5) at noon.

Tickets for the Rainer Maria show at Saint Vitus are on presale now (password = RILKE).

Tickets for the 2015 Afropunk Festival featuring Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele and more, are on sale now.

Tickets for the HEALTH show at Baby's All Right with Ital, Show Me the Body and Pictureplane (DJ) are on sale now.

Tickets for the big MS MR show at Terminal 5 go on AmEx presale at noon.

Buzzy British rockers Circa Waves return to NYC on October 5 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets go on AmEx presale today at noon, and the general on-sale starts Friday (6/5) at noon.

New wave vet Howard Jones plays Gramercy Theatre on August 19. Tickets for that show are currently on Music Geeks presale (password: MUSICGEEKS) and the general on-sale starts Friday at 10 AM.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

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The reunited Soundgarden put out King Animal, their first album since 1996, back in 2012, and they just followed it with a new single called "Storm." They also posted the above artwork which says "We Watch As They Run Faceless." Is that the name of their new album? Stay tuned to find out. UPDATE: As of 9:45 AM, the song has been made private. UPDATE 2: It's back up.

UPDATE 3: "Storm" is actually one of 7 previously unreleased tracks that will appear on Soundgarden's new b-sides/rarities compilation, Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, which is due out November 25 via A&M. "Storm" was recorded earlier this year. Tracklist and artwork below.

Soundgarden and Pearl Jam were both on the bill at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit concert on Saturday (10/25). During PJ's set, Chris Cornell came on stage for a brief reunion of Soundgarden/Pearl Jam spinoff Temple of the Dog. They played the TOTD song "Hunger Strike," which you can watch a video of, along with the stream of "Storm," below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

NiN / Soundgarden @ Jones Beach
Nine Inch NailsNine Inch Nails

Four years removed from re-uniting after a lengthy hiatus, the virtuosic quartet [Soundgarden] - minus Matt Cameron due to prior Pearl Jam commitments - took a workmanlike approach towards a tailor-made fan-pleasing set. Chris Cornell lorded over the proceedings with his brown curly mop over his eyes and his incomparable howl not having lost anything to the years as he either stood dutifully with his guitar or worked the stage with a mic stand raised over his head...

...the uninitiated may not have been aware that the night's show marked nearly a year to the day of Nine Inch Nails' triumphant Lollapalooza return wherein they debuted the latest iteration of their audio/visual live majesty. Clad in a cut off shirt and a kilt, Trent Reznor strode out with the stadium lights shining directly on him and his other three hired guns for new single "Copy of A." As the it built towards a mid-song climax, the lights cut out dramatically, revealing a hint of the revolving stage pieces yet to be employed. - [REVOLT]

Kings of 1994, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden's joint tour hit the NYC area over the weekend, playing Jones Beach on Friday (8/1) with Oneohtrix Point Never, and PNC Bank Arts Center with Dillinger Escape Plan. Pictures and setlists from Jones Beach are in this post.

More below...

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Oneohtrix Point Never's new logo

Death Grips had to drop off the Nine Inch Nails / Soundgarden tour because they broke up (read what Trent Reznor had to say). But fear not NIN/SG fans, Trent and co. have put together a new group of openers and it's pretty amazing. The first leg of the tour will be opened by electronics wiz Oneohtrix Point Never, the second leg by mathcore bashers The Dillinger Escape Plan, and the third leg by goth rockers Cold Cave.

The run with OPN hits the NYC-area on July 30 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ and August 1 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY. The run with DEP hits the NYC-area on August 2 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. The Cold Cave shows are all West Coast and Southwest. Tickets for the NYC-area shows are still available.

All dates are listed, with the tour flyer, below. Above is OPN's new logo which may remind you of another band's logo.

Continue reading "Oneohtrix Point Never, The Dillinger Escape Plan & Cold Cave replace Death Grips on Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden tour"

Trent Reznor

In addition to playing Pitchfork Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest, Death Grips was set to tour with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden before they cancelled all shows today.

It's true Trent (and everyone), you should have known better.

photos by P Squared Photography

Soundgarden @ Webster Hall 6/2/2014

"We're from Seattle," Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell said as he led the band through its classic 1994 album "Superunknown" at New York's Webster Hall on Monday (June 2), "It's black even in f**king July." The sold-out crowd erupted into the third of countless cheers as the quartet slid into "Fell On Black Days," the first of the album's two famous 'black' songs.

Just a day ahead of the deluxe re-release of "Superunknown," the Seattle group had convened in downtown Manhattan for this Citi-sponsored club show -- with the astonishing ticket price of $19.94 -- to celebrate the richly-veined, muscular 70 minute epic by playing it in its entirety for the only second time, following a special gig at SXSW in March. And against a backdrop of the album's black-and-mars-red abstract cover image of Cornell in mid yell, Soundgarden brought all of that rock (and more) to bear in a tight, thunderous tumult that alternately made it hard to believe 20 years had passed and made it clear that the two decades had honed both the band (which reformed in 2010 after breaking up in 1997) and the familiar music -- they were playing those great old songs even better than ever. - [Billboard]

Soundgarden celebrated the 20th anniversary of Superunknown (and it's superdeluxe reissue) last night (6/2) in NYC at the relatively small Webster Hall. (Tickets, only available to Citi cardmembers, were cleverly priced at $19.94.) The grunge gods played Superunknown front-to-back -- only the second time they've ever done it -- with an encore of "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage." Pics and setlist from the show are in this post.

If you missed it, Sirius radio listeners can hear the whole concert on Howard Stern's Howard101 channel on on June 13 at 10 PM EDT. The band also play The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon tonight (June 3rd). And you can catch Soundgarden on tour with Nine Inch Nails all summer long, including a few shows in the NYC area.

More pics and setlist from Webster Hall, plus Soundgarden/NiN tour schedule, below...

Continue reading "Soundgarden played 'Superunknown' at Webster Hall (pics); full concert being broadcast on Howard Stern's Sirius channel"

Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

1994 day continues! We just mentioned the Offspring Smash 20th anniversary tour, and now comes word that another major alt-rock record, Soundgarden's Superunknown will celebrate its 20th anniversary in NYC on June 2 at Webster Hall. The band will perform the album in full, like they did at SXSW earlier this year. Tickets go on sale May 21 at 10 AM to Citi cardmembers. They're priced at $19.94 (get it?!) and will be available at citiprivatepass.com.

This show is ahead of Soundgarden's co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails (whose 1994 album, The Downward Spiral, came out the same day as Superunknown). As discussed, that tour hits the NYC-area on 7/30 at Susquehanna Bank Center, 8/1 at Jones Beach and 8/2 at PNC Bank Arts Center (where you can still tailgate). Tickets for those shows are still available.

Updated dates are listed, with a video from the Superunknown SXSW show, below...

Continue reading "Soundgarden playing 'Superunknown' at Webster Hall for $19.94 before tour with Nine Inch Nails (updated dates)"

By Ian Chainey

Godflesh @ Irving Plaza 4/10/2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

Angry about Metallica at Glastonbury? Or angry at people angry about Metallica at Glastonbury? Here's your palette cleanser. We've got a ton to cover, so let's take a walk on the newswire:

After finishing up a successful North American run, Godflesh will release Decline & Fall, a new EP of four songs, on May 26 through the band's Avalanche Recordings. Excepting a 2013 flexi single of a Slaughter cover, this will be the duos first new material since 2001's Hymns. Your 'oh god, I'm old' moment for the day: babies became teenagers in the years between new Godflesh tunes.

That said, Opeth fans will have to wait a little longer. Fans were promised a single and details on Pale Communion, the forthcoming 11th album for the proggy blarghers out on Roadrunner Records. It was originally slated for June 17. Now? August 26. (Godflesh fans: "Oh, cool, a couple months.") Per the outfit: "Several circumstances prevented the band from delivering essential tools to Roadrunner in time which are needed to set up the album release properly and release schedule conflicts made us mutually decide on August instead of June." Those circumstances? Probably the damn runaway wheel again.

Pilgrim is making a pilgrimage (stop groaning) across the United States with fellow doomers Age of Taurus. The group is supporting their recently released II: Void Worship, an epic doom tidal wave of sonic destruction. The tour will finish up June 25 at The Acheron with Holly Hunt and Blackout joining the bill as well. Tickets are on sale.

Also coming up at The Acheron? Malignancy! Yes, the masters of the pinch harmonic and incredible death metal stage banter will swing in with Goemagot at The Acheron on June 28. Tickets are on sale for that too.

In other touring news, Negura Bunget are not. At least, they're not touring North America after visa issues forced them to cancel their jaunt which was to have hit Saint Vitus tonight (5/9). The European dates of their world tour are still on, as is work on their next record. Says the group: "Meanwhile weíll focus all our frustration energy into completing the last details of the new album, Tau." The quirky Romanian black metallers have had a rough go of it lately, restocking the membership in 2013 upon the departure of most of the outfit to Dordeduh. Drummer Negru is the sole remaining member.

Speaking of Europe, perhaps BL'AST! and Bunget will cross paths. The reformed crossover neck-snappers will keep the comeback rolling with a European tour. Filling out the ranks are desert vets Nick Oliveri and Joey Castillo. BL'AST! will also be making select North American fest dates, including This is Hardcore.


Belphegor are back, circling August 8 as the date for Conjuring The Dead, which will be available via Nuclear Blast. It's the band's tenth LP and was produced, as most things are, by Eric Rutan. The Austrians have released the cover art in advance and it features the most blasphemous depiction of Mickey Mouse ever. See if you can spy it.

Shining -- the other one -- have signed to Season of Mist. The depresso bleak metallers will issue something new for the label in 2015. Shining brain Niklas Kvarforth: "After a long period of negotiations and discussions that lasted almost eight years, I have now chosen to grant Season of Mist the privilege of releasing the next Shining album." Eight years? But Niklas, YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN THE CARETAKER.

If you're excited to catch Super Duper Alice Cooper at Rocks Off Film Fest, you'll be pleased to note the surprisingly-not-adult-oriented production team, Banger Films, has signed on for two more documentaries: Black Sabbath and Soundgarden. Both will film this summer.

Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal, current members of Cynic and former members of Death, have publicly come out. Their Los Angeles Times interview is worth a read, not due to their orientation, but because they're simply smart, considerate, charismatic people. Cynic's Kindly Bent Free to Us was released in February of this year.

Cudahy, Wisconsin's Days Of The Doomed Fest has been renamed Days Of The Doomed Fest IV - In Memory Of Jason McCash, honoring the Gates of Slumber player who sadly passed away last month. The fest is headlined by trad-doomers Trouble and will span two days, June 20 and 21. A full lineup appears below.

Finally, out from left field, turbo blastbeater Nicholas Barker (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth) will join Berwick RBL and Eyemouth RBLS pipe bands -- as in bag pipes -- for a set of special engagements in Berwick upon Tweed in the UK. (Berwick upon Tweed: City name or math professor fanfic title?) Tickets will be free, but must be booked in advance. Americans, worry not, the performance will be filmed so you can battle that guy in the neighboring apartment who WON'T STOP BLASTING DUBSTEP. C'MON.

Don't forget: 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:

Pittsburgh grindy punks Complete Failure are offering "Errant Social Mile Marker" for name your own price at their Bandcamp. The entire album, The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault, is available for streaming below.

If you're in the same core mindset, Maryland Deathfest-invitees and satanic City of Angels powerviolence unit ACxDC dropped "Filicide" from their Antichrist Demoncore available through Melotov Records, June 24. Stream it below, too.

Death metal more your thing? The tech-ish beasts in Hour of Penance are streaming their long-player, Regicide, in full at Soundcloud. Get ready for blasts aplenty. The album will be out on Prosthetic Records next week.

Less tech? You can find a nasty bug Under the Church. (Again, the groans.) "Denial of Death" is up on Youtube, a foul bit of rot from former Nirvana 2002 members. June 16 is the date for this infected slice thanks to Pulverized Records.

Want weird? How about a band that named their last record We Meditate Under The Pussy In The Sky? That's from Opium Warlords, featuring the talents of ex-Reverend Bizarre singer Sami Albert Hymnien. The group teased "The Self-Made Man" (streamable below) from Taste My Sword Of Understanding out on Svart Records, May 30. Tastes like doom! With. . .a weird kick. . .water. . .need water.

The first track from the One and All, Together, for Home comp collected by Drudkh is now up, with this cut coming courtesy of Winterfylleth. The folk-metal/atmophosmeric black metal round-up will be available through Season of Mist on May 27. (Preorder.) All contributions will be exclusive to the comp, with most bands offering covers of traditional standards. Scope the packed tracklisting and the track stream below.

Lastly, Vancouver sludge riff stackers Bison have checked in with the b-side to 1000 Needles, their new EP which will see a release by way of War on Music Records sometime in June. That's below as well.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (5/9): Sadistic Intent, DEATHHAMMER, Natur, Inverted Trifixion, and Iron Force invade The Acheron, promising thrash n' blasts. (Tickets.) In a punk state of mind? Violent Bullshit and Steel Phantoms will be at Union Pool, $8 at the door.

TOMORROW (5/10): Saturday is absolutely overflowing. First, get into some longform tech and stretched out sludge with Ulcerate, Inter Arma, and CAR BOMB at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.) Punks, though, will have a tough choice. There's Geronimo, Force & Fire, Concrete Cross, and Nightcrawler at ABC No Rio ($8, doors at 3 PM) and then there's the throwback core of Zombie Fight (record release!), MANALIVE, On the Offense, Jukai, and Ache at The Acheron. (Tickets.)

SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY (5/11): Need to cool down after raging? Make a classic rock connection with the retro Graveyard and Bombus at Webster Hall. (Tickets.)

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

Let's talk IO: We were tossing you fresh gems left and right, premiering Belus, Vainaja, HUSH., Serpentine Path (click this, now), and Den Saakaldte. We also put on our thinking caps, dissecting Infestus and figuring out why bands with tiny discographies seem more authentic. And, as is our compulsion, we hoarded every release under the sun for your perusal in Upcoming Metal Releases.

As always, don't forget to dial in Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. This week, we had Kirk Windstein from Crowbar in as a guest and he played two new dandies from Crowbar's forthcoming Symmetry in Black. Plus, we jammed mountains of metal madness. Always worth the listen. Tune in every Tuesday, 10pm EST.

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: new Godflesh EP; Negura Bunget cancel tour ++ Pilgrim, Opeth, Belphegor, weekend shows, lots more"

Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The co-headlining tour Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails have been teasing has now been confirmed. The two-month summer North American run will kick off in late-July, with additional support from Death Grips (?!?) on every date. Their routing includes a few NYC-area shows-- Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on July 30, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY on August 1, and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on August 2. Ticketing information for all dates is forthcoming, but check Ticketmaster for updates.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Soundgarden & Nine Inch Nails confirm co-headlining tour, Death Grips to open"

Soundgarden in Atlantic City in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Nine Inch Nails in Japan in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

Holy 1994. Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails have both hinted that they're going on a co-headlining tour of the US and Canada this summer. Though nothing has officially been announced, Stereogum points to a fan forum, Echoing the Sound, which has done some digging and compiled a tentative list of the venues the tour will hit. Those include NYC-area shows at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY and PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. The exact dates that they will play said venues have not been announced yet, but we'll keep you updated. Tickets will be available at some point via Ticketmaster. Browse that list of venues below.

Both Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails celebrated 20th anniversaries of albums this past Saturday (3/8), Superunknown and The Downward Spiral, respectively, and Soundgarden will continue that celebration by performing the album in full at the iTunes Festival at SXSW on Thursday (3/13). If you'll be in Austin this week, you can check that out at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, and if you're staying home, it will stream live via the iTunes store.

Venue list and some videos from those albums below...

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Sasquatch! Music Festival is returning for two weekends in 2014 to The Gorge in Quincy, Washington, and the lineups (which are different both weekends) have just been announced. The May lineup (5/23 - 5/25, aka Memorial Day Weekend) includes Outkast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, M.I.A., Haim, Neko Case, Foals, Cut Copy, Violent Femmes, Elbow, Mogwai, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Rudimental, Phantogram, tUnE-yArDs, First Aid Kit, Rodriguez, AlunaGeorge, Panda Bear, Phosphorescent, Bob Mould, Washed Out, Austra, Parquet Courts, Deafheaven, Big Freedia, Liars, Waxahatchee, Tacocat, Princess (feat. Maya Rudolph), Bridget Everett, Eric Andre and more.

The July lineup (7/4 - 7/6, aka Independence Day Weekend) includes Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, New Order, Frank Ocean, Royksopp + Robyn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Broken Bells, Tegan & Sara, Local Natives, Gogol Bordello, Rhye, Black Angels, Deltron 3030, The Horrors, Junip, The Notwist, Kurt Vile, Talib Kweli, of Montreal, Action Bronson, Punch Brothers, Sharon Van Etten, Casey Veggies, RL Grime, Fuck Buttons, Courtney Barnett, Cloud Nothings, Foxygen, Palma Violets, Mikal Cronin, Mac DeMarco, Jon Hopkins, Gold Panda, Majical Cloudz, Duke Dumont, Oneohtrix Point Never, Death, Black Prairie, Latryx, Metz, John Grant, Reigning Sound, Young & Sick, Chad VanGaalen, Mutual Benefit, Helms Alee, Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman, Kurt Braunohler, John Hodgman and more. There will also be fireworks for the 4th of July.

Tickets (including a 2-weekend pass option) go on sale Saturday at 10 AM.

Full lineups for both weekends below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch! 2014 lineups announced (Outkast, Neutral Milk Hotel, Kraftwerk, New Order, QOTSA, The National, Frank Ocean, tUnE-yArDs, Deltron 3030 & WAY more)"

photos by Greg Cristman

Iggy & The Stooges @ The Mohawk Austin, TX 3/13/13

2013 has come and gone but we still have a couple year-end posts to go. Greg Cristman shot a whole lot for us last year -- everything from metal to synthpop and all points in between -- and he picked his 25 favorites from '13 which are in this post.

You can also check out year-end photo faves from BV contributors Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Dominick Mastrangelo. More of Greg's pics picks are below...

Continue reading "Greg Cristman's favorite live music photos (that he took) of '13"

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)"

Layne Staley

"The mother of deceased Alice in Chains lead singer Layne Staley has sued her son's former bandmates, claiming they cut her out of royalties owed on the band's hits.

Staley's mother Nancy McCallum contends the surviving members of Alice in Chains owe her half of the money due Staley - about 16 percent of the hard rock band's income. According to the lawsuit, the band has attempted to cut her out of any further payments. [seattlepi {via)]

The Staley-less Alice in Chains meanwhile are on the road and play the MMRBQ at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on Saturday (5/18) with Cheap Trick and fellow grunge representatives Soundgarden (who we just caught in Jersey earlier this month).

Later in the summer Alice in Chains join Jane's Addiction for a "Rockstar Energy" tour that hits CT, NJ and NY among other places. All of those dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Layne Staley's mom suing Alice in Chains (who are playing the MMRBQ w/ Soundgarden & Cheap Trick)"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Soundgarden at the Borgata - 5/3/13

The reunited Soundgarden, who have played NYC quite a few times in the past year, brought their spring tour through the area for a show at Atlantic City's Borgata this past Friday (5/3). The setlist leaned most heavily on their classic albums, Superunknown and Badmotorfinger, in addition to 2012's King Animal, but included a few tracks from other albums and EPs too.

More pictures, the full setlist, and a video of almost the entire show, below...

Continue reading "Soundgarden played the Borgata in AC (pics, setlist, video)"

Soundgarden at Hammerstein Ballroom in January (more by Jonathan McPhail)

Soundgarden have been touring a lot lately, and already played NYC three times this year and basically three other times at the end of last year. Now they've announced another leg of touring for 2013, and though it doesn't bring them back to NYC, it does include a show in the area which happens in Atlantic City on May 3 at the Borgata. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/1) at 10 AM.

A list of all dates and the Dave Grohl-directed video for "By Crooked Steps" below...

Continue reading "Soundgarden announces more 2013 tour dates"

photos by Jonathan McPhail

Soundgarden at Hammerstein Ballroom, 1/23/2013

Soundgarden completed their run of NYC dates at Hammerstein Ballroom last night (1/23), the band's second evening in a row at the venue. As with their previous shows at Terminal 5 and Hammerstein, it was "an evening with Soundgarden" and the setlist was scattershot across their whole career, nodding to material old and new.

In between T5 and Hammerstein on Monday (1/21), Soundgarden played a bit of a historical gig... the Presidential Inauguration Ball in DC!  (Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, FUN., the cast of Glee, John Legend, Katy Perry, Maná, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Usher and others also played). Frontman Chris Cornell also performed at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball which honored the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. Not too shabby, boys!

More pics and the setlist from Hammerstein last night are below.

Continue reading "Soundgarden completed NYC run at Hammerstein (photos, setlist), played Presidential Inauguration Ball too"

photos by Greg Cristman

Soundgarden @ Hammerstein Ballroom, 1/22/2013

After hitting Terminal 5 last week, Soundgarden played the first of two nights at Hammerstein Ballroom on Tuesday (1/22) as part of their current tour. Kicking things off with "Jesus Christ Pose," the band powered through a 26-song set that dusted off the rarely-played "Rhinosaur" (from 1996's Down the Upside). Setlist is below. If you went last night, how was it?

Soundgarden play Hammerstein again tonight (1/22) which is sold out. More pics and the setlist from last night's show are below...

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photos by Dana (dostrtion) Yavin

Soundgarden @ T5, 1/16/2012

Soundgarden tore into New York City last night (1/17), playing Terminal 5 which was part of the American Express Concert Series. With no openers, Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Sheppard ripped out a 26-song, nearly two-and-a-half hour set. If you went, how was it?

This was the first of three NYC shows for Soundgarden and they'll hit Hammerstein Ballroom on January 22 and 23 both of which are sold out. More pics from T5 the setlist from that show are below.

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Soundgarden at Irving Plaza in November (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

As mentioned before, Soundgarden play Terminal 5 on Wednesday (1/16), their first of three NYC shows this month. The T5 show is part of the American Express Concert Series and was the first time where "cardmembers used AmEx's card sync technology for pre-sale ticket access." Like their other two shows, T5 is sold out. If you didn't get tickets but would still like to go, we're giving away a pair (courtesy of American Express). Details on how to enter are below.

Video of Soundgarden playing Jimmy Kimmell Live back in November is below...

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Soundgarden at Irving Plaza in November (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The reunited Soundgarden have been having a hell of a year (at least in NYC). They performed a Live on Letterman concert in November and later that same night joined frontman Chris Cornell at his solo show at Bowery Ballroom for a few Soundgarden cuts. Then they played three intimate North American shows including a sold out Irving Plaza show. Around that same time, they announced a 2013 tour which will bring them back to NYC on January 22 and 23 at Hammerstein Ballroom. Those shows are sold out, but if you missed out on getting tickets, you'll have a THIRD chance to see the band in NYC this January when they play an American Express Concert Series presented show at Terminal 5 on January 16.

Tickets for the Terminal 5 show go on Soundgarden Fan Club presale today (12/7) at noon with a general on-sale starting Monday (12/10). "Event is open to American Express Cardmembers who have enrolled their synced American Express Card and Tweeted the offer hashtag. To sync your Card, visit sync.americanexpress.com/Twitter. Terms apply, Reg. Ltd."

A list of updated dates and a recent video, below.

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