Entries tagged with: The Atlas Moth
by Ian Chainey
Opeth at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
The metal industry's push-back against The Boomtown Rats continues this week with a smorgasbord of new streams. And, jeeze, these are some biggies.
First off, provided you didn't sneak a listen to the leak, Opeth offered the first full-track taste of Pale Communion, the Swedish progsters' 11th album. Mikael Åkerfeldt promised a lighter record and "Cusp Of Eternity" floats like a feather. The death metal density is long gone, traded in for a song that's like a Sunday brunch between Porcupine Tree and Deep Purple. Longtime fans may be perturbed, but "Cusp" starts to settle into a groove on subsequent listens. At worst, "Cusp" gives you time to count the music teacher ponytails during Opeth's next live show. Pale Communion comes out August 26 on Roadrunner Records. Check it out below.
Godflesh's return has gone better with older fans. "Ringer" seemed to hit the spot for most people, me included. The question was, would Decline and Fall feature any deviations from Godflesh's strengths? Today we all find out. The EP is available on their Bandcamp and streaming below. The page includes preorders for the CD and LP that feature bonus dub mixes of two of the tracks. So, how are the other three Godflesh tracks, you ask? Killer. "Dogbite" adds some swing in with their industrial whirr. "Playing With Fire" has a groove that already has been deposited in many bands' riff banks. "Decline and Fall" is an out and out crusher, something which should've scored a certain scene in a certain show that aired last night. All in all, Godflesh. Pure and simple.
Lastly, The Atlas Moth are previewing the entirety of The Old Believer on Pitchfork, complete with a look at the nutty water-reactive artwork. The Chicagoans' third LP to be released June 10 on Profound Lore (preorder) is a spacey affair, reinvigorating the stale atmospheric sludge template with plenty of psychedelic layers. If you're in a rush, skip to the second track "Collider" and its Failure-meets-Canterbury-prog lead work, or the smoky "Blood Will Tell" that immediately renders a couple years' worth of pretenders absolutely facile. Granted, there's been some burnout with the style, but this finds another gear. The Atlas Moth will be hitting the road with Boris soon.
Of course, Monday also brings Invisible Orange's Upcoming Metal Releases. If you're in the market for new metal, it's the list to hit. This round, we've herded contributions from the likes of The Cutthroats 9, Darkest Era, and King Buzzo. And, as always, we give the little guys some shine: Dweller in the Valley, Midnight Chaser, Volturyon, and a whole lot more. Come in and find a new friend or let us know what we missed.
Streams for Opeth and Godflesh below...
By Ian Chainey
YOB at the Bell House, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As American Express figures out a way to capitalize on metal bands struggling with visas, let's take a walk on the newswire:
The crushing doom of YOB will wum again. Neurot Recordings announced Clearing The Path To Ascend would shake trees leaf-less sometime in September. Said vocalist Mike Scheidt: "Writing this album felt like being plugged into a main. Emotionally, it's our heaviest. But it also has some real beauty and light. We dug the deepest we ever have to get to the heart of these tunes." A trailer appears below.
Neurot also tease the next Ides of Gemini and the beguiling doom outfit's Old World New Wave, scheduled for September 16. A slightly longer trailer (take that, YOB) is below as well.
Watain have announced their only US show happening this summer and it takes place in Brooklyn on Sunday, June 15 at The Brooklyn Bazaar with Kosmodemonic. "They will presenting their full, arena-sized, wide-scale stage ritual -- a harsh and wild ceremony of Blood, Fire, and Death...". Get your tickets to the 'Blackened Music Series' show which is being presented by The Bunce Group, Brooklyn Bazaar and The Northside Festival.
Punk/thrash crossover act English Dogs have signed with Candlelight Records. The band began their life in the early '80s as punks with light thrash influences and ended the decade recording Metallica songs prime Metallica got too big to execute. The Thing With Two Heads is the name of their upcoming long-player, thus ending a near 20 year gap between full-lengths.
Crusty black n' rolling dudes Martyrdöd just wrapped up Elddrop, their next album. No official release date yet, but Southern Lord is eying August.
Geoff Tate is inspired by truck stops? Geoff Tate is inspired by truck stops. Ah, the silent lucidity of stalls that don't lock.
Powerviolence rippers Boddicker are hitting the road with Nuclear Hellfrost. The tour careens through the Midwest and into the East Coast over June and early July. The pummeling package will slide into The Acheron on July 8. All dates are listed below.
Finally, Children of Technology, the Italian speed metal punks, are targeting August 19 for Future Decay (Hells Headbangers). Despite the name, expect tons of fun deviations into '80s grindhouse fare.
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 (most or all of which are streaming below):
A few highlights from next week's new releases are getting full streams: Blackened thrashers Black Anvil have put up Hail Death (Relapse Records) and iconic Southern sludgers Crowbar are providing the full Symmetry in Black (eOne Music) treatment. Physical copies hit the street May 27.
Eyehategod's Decibel-only flexi single has hit the web. "The Liar's Psalm" is an exclusive b-side presumably from the same sessions that created their comebacker Eyehategod, also available on May 27 by Horrorcore Records. The band is preparing for a knock-out tour this summer.
The Atlas Moth are streaming another new song, "City of Light." It's from The Old Believer, which will drop courtesy of Profound Lore on June 10 and features some nifty artwork. Listen below. The stacked tour of Boris, Atlas Moth, and SubRosa will kick off in July.
Tombs have released the third stream from Savage Gold (June 10, Relapse). "Spirals" showcases yet another mode of attack for the varied boomers. Listen below.
Another Origin song has surfaced. This one is entitled "All Things Dead" and comes with news Origin will be touring Europe in addition to their slot on the Summer Slaughter tour. Omnipresent is out July 8 on Nuclear Blast. (Preorder.)
Blackened bangers Mutilation Rites have issued "Suffer the Children" as a seven inch, backed by a Doom and Discharge cover. The single is on Prosthetic Records and teases the band's forthcoming album Harbinger, which will be available on July 22. Mutilation Rites recently stopped in and premiered a new song on the final Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show. (Woe.)
Epic power dealers Darkest Era are streaming "Trapped in the Hourglass" from Severance. In a rare turn, Cruz Del Sur will put the record out in America (June 3) ten days before Europe. Lord over all your Euro friends on Twitter. "I'm sorry, I can't reply because DARKEST ERA. HA HA HA, I'M IN THE FUTURE."
Folk metallers Vintersorg have shot their first video. The visual accompanies "Lågornas rov," the inaugural single from Naturbål. The album will see release July 8 on Napalm Records. Points to the person who recuts it to The Ohio Player's "Fire." Watch elow.
Speaking of folk metal, the previously mentioned One And All, Together, For Home is streaming in full. The Drudkh curated collection of standards and regional fare collects folk metallers from around the world to put their distinctive spin on their nation's sound. The compilation is out on Season of Mist.
Fredrick Thordendal's contribution to the Wolfenstein: The New Order soundtrack is available for free download. If you can rig your house to have it play as entry music, you're doing things right.
Corrupt Moral Altar, the uncompromising UK death groovers, have offered up "Die Glocke" from Mechanical Tides. The album is out on Season of Mist July 22 and includes guest spots from Napalm Death's Mitch Harris and Carcass' Jeff Walker. (Preorder.)
Now, time to sprint through the rest of the underground:
Zoldier Noiz are doling out "Random Justice." The tech-y punk thrasher will appear on Regression Process on the thrash imprint of Darkness Descends, Unspeakable Axe, on May 27.
The weirdo, ex-Reverend Bizarre Opium Warlords have captured an additional alternate plane transmission from Taste My Sword of Understanding. "In Melancholy Moonless Acheron" closes out the album to be released by Svart Records on May 30.
Blackened thrashers Witchaven dropped a trailer for Blood Sacrifice, due out via Grey Haven Media in June.
The primal death metal nightmare Death Vomit -- the greatest Magic the Gathering card never printed -- will release Gutted by Horrors through Xtreem Music on July 1. "Indestructible Abominations"'s filth has been provided as a warning shot.
Norwegian widdlers Insense are issuing De:Evolution today by way of Mas-Kina Recordings. Stream the album in its entirety below.
Subtly named thrashcore hellions Fucking Invincible (Dropdead, Daughters) are streaming "Ape As Man/Man As Ape" from It'll Get Worse Before It Gets Better. The LP will see release sometime in July.
Finally, couple free comps are out: Hells Headbangers' Volume 7 brings together the label's kvltest and darkest while Church of Fuck -- always my census response -- mine their roster of core, noise, and general rawness on False Metal Eternal.
Check out all noted streams below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (5/23): Despite the best efforts of the US government to keep bands away, most of the metal world is down in Maryland this week for Maryland Deathfest. Still, there are a few cool happenings around town. First, the potentially loudest: The touring Prizehog, Vaz, Mossenek, and Collapsible Baton at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.) Want hardcore? Got you covered: Sheer Terror, Agitator, and Cop Problem will provide plenty of anthems at Brooklyn Night Bazaar for their free showcase. More NYHC? Okay, how about On the Offense, Menopaws, Weird and Pissed Off, Nerves End, and Zombie Fight at The Trash. $10 admission at the door and the show will be followed by Kings of Karaoke. Your voice will be appropriately fried for that "Fancy" rendition.
TOMORROW (5/24): If you're a punk, consider your afternoon and night booked. First up, Left for Dead, Altered Boys, and Jukai play an afternoon matinee at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.) Then, Violent Reaction, The Flex, Altered Boys, MFP, and Closet Case invade The Acheron. (Tickets.) A double shot of Altered Boys. You're going to be friends.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We had a few neat streams this week, including the full album from the evil Vanhelgd and an absolute burner from the violent ACxDC. Over the weekend, we hit up Scion Rock Fest. Plus, we threw out our backs investigating the new 14 LP Moonsorrow box set. Best of all, we introduced the metal world to Japan's Funeral Sutra who are set to do big things. And, as is our compulsion, we hoarded every release under the sun for your clicks in Upcoming Metal Releases.
SAD TIME: You can stream our final Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. EVR may be going away, but the metal spirit will never die.
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.
by Andrew Sacher
The Atlas Moth at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As previously discussed, Japanese metal titans Boris are releasing a new album and touring this year, and since we last spoke the support bands were announced for that tour. On the East Coast, including the NYC show happening on August 3 at Bowery Ballroom, support comes from Chicago post-metallers The Atlas Moth (who have a new LP on the way) and trad-style doomsters/Atlas Moth's Profound Lore labelmates SubRosa. Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Support on the West Coast comes from Master Musicians of Bukkake and Boris' Sargent House labelmates Marriages. Marriages singer Emma Ruth Rundle (also of Sargent House band Red Sparrowes and Nocturnes) releases her new solo album, Some Heavy Ocean, next week (5/20) via Sargent House. Following her ambient/drone recordings, Some Heavy Ocean is Emma's first song-oriented album and it's quite a strong one.
Bits of Emma's other bands can be heard in this record, but it's really its own thing, stronger than just some solo/side project type endeavor. Throughout the album, she brings in elements of dark folk, psychedelia, shoegaze, and moody textures that recall her metal associations. Her labelmate Chelsea Wolfe would be a good comparison. Unlike some of her more lo-fi work, the production here is clear as day and benefits her often-huge voice. The songs are rarely bright or uplifting, but they'll get stuck in your head. You can listen to the entire thing over at Pitchfork.
Three of its tracks are also streaming, along with the list of Boris dates, below...
By Ian Chainey
Judas Priest @ Izod Center, 2011 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Was metal busy this week? You bet, but in a mostly good way. Mostly. Unlike your work week, metal didn't drag on like a run-on Dagon answer. (I mean, it did. . .but it didn't.) But, hey, now it's Friday and you can use your two-day, free-from-the-shackles pass to catch some killer shows this weekend in NYC. Before we pack your daily planner, though, let's take a walk on the newswire:
We got more details on the next Judas Priest album, from which we already streamed a teaser track. The July 15 Epic-released record titled Redeemer of Souls now has a running order to accompany its art. Typical Priest-isms fill the list, with "Metalizer" set to ascend as a governing philosophy of all headbangers. Check the full tracklist below.
Minneapolis blackened sludgsters Wolvhammer have wrapped up their third album. Clawing Into Black Sun will hit the streets on July 8 by way of Profound Lore Records. Scope the 22 second trailer and track-listing below.
Speaking of Profound Lord, Chicago's atmospheric mind-expanders The Atlas Moth have finalized specifics for the release of their next album, The Old Believer. June 10 is the release date via, you guessed it, hungry-hungry Profound Lore Records, a label eating up every great band. (Preorder.) Check below for two new songs.
How'd you like to know more about death metal's beginnings? Well, Master's Paul Speckman might have a documentary made about him. We say 'might' since Lone Survivor - Paul Speckmann and the Story of Master is currently in the funding stages via an IndieGoGo campaign.
Hell's Headbangers' Deathhammer is hitting the road. The Norwegian blackened thrash blasters will be at The Acheron on May 9. (Tickets.) Sadistic Intent, Natur, Inverted Trifixion, and Iron Force are also on the bill. All dates of Deathhammer's US trek are listed below.
Finally, Finnish curators Blood Music are going big with their next release. How big? Try 14 LPs. The future bane of all mailmen focuses on viking metal band Moonsorrow and is billed as "the largest box set in metal history." Stay tuned to their Facebook page for details as they come down the pipeline.
Don't forget: Keep up with the rest of our metal coverage here.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions:
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1349 were kind enough to give the world an early listen to a track from their forthcoming album. The title and the other requisite details are still to come, but "Slaves" rips in typical blasting fashion. Find it below.
Recently reformed doomers Graves at Sea are streaming a track from their split with Sourvein at Pitchfork. The A-side vs. B-side battle royale will be out later this month through Seventh Rule Recordings. (Preorder.)
Black metallers Mayhem dropped their third stream from their forthcoming Season of Mist release Esoteric Warfare, hitting shelves on May 27. (Preorder.) The appropriately named, given its order of stream-age, "Trinity" bounds along for four minutes of authentic necro-ness. Find it below.
And some neat streams of note to keep you in the know: Salem's Pot and their wizardly doomer "...Lurar ut dig pa prarien", Gravecode Nebula's cavernous "The Frozen Sun (Does Not Support Life)," and two from the Infirmary/Aetherium Mors split. Click the preceding links for album/ordering info. Keep on scrolling for the treats below.
Got it? Good. To NYC shows we go:
First, Invisible Oranges in conjunction with Signature Riff are presenting a show at The Acheron tonight, rounding up Abazagorath, Chasse-Gallerie, One Master, Grue, and Vorde. (Tickets.) Chasse-Gallerie is coming down from Canada and local-boys Vorde can't be missed since the drummer from Fell Voices and Ruin Lust is handling skin-smashing duties. Drop by, get grim, and make your Friday ultra bleak.
If Bang is too dusty and you want some punky immediacy, Oc45, Hero Dishonest, Resist Control, and Brain Slug will deafen all at ABC No Rio. Tickets are available at the door for $8.
Something chunkier? The Communion, Lament, metalcore legends Starkweather, and our dearly departed IO editor's Pyrrhon will be at the The Grand Victory. Admission is $9 at the venue.
If you're still in a black metal state of mind, Yellow Eyes, Obsidian Tongue, and Mountain God will blow up heads Scanners-style at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.)
Lastly, if you're in the mood to have your third eye pried, Order of the Owl, Volume IV, It's Not Night: It's Space, and Blackout will kick up some psych at The Acheron. (Tickets.)
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Okay, let's talk Invisible Oranges: We reviewed Triptykon's Melana Chasmata and asked if age matters. Noise Records' Death Metal roster looks random now, but it made sense 30 years ago. Saccage's crusty thrash blew out all of the speakers when we premiered it. Plus, we took a tour of the metal's newest hotbed. . .Iceland? And, as is our compulsion, we hoarded every release under the sun for your perusal in Upcoming Metal Releases. Oh, right, and there's a black metal lamb. Because. . . of course.
As always, don't forget to dial in Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio, brought to you by the fine folks at Irving Plaza. This week, we gave away tickets to Agalloch at Irving Plaza on June 30, a show we're also presenting. (Tickets.) Plus, we played 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 the aforementioned reams of streams and details below.
By Doug Moore
Misery Index at Europa, 2011 (more by Samantha Marble)
Let's get started with news:
Napalm Death (no introduction necessary, one hopes) have recorded a cover of Cardiacs' "To Go Off And Things" and are selling it for £1 on Bandcamp -- the proceeds will go to Cardiacs frontman Tim Smith, who has sadly racked up considerable medical bills recently. (The two bands have a recent history together.) You can listen to the cover (and the original) below.
Misery Index have released a second single from their upcoming fifth LP. Stream it below as well.
Local luminaries Mossenek -- featuring Mick Barr on guitar and Chuck Bettis on vox -- have released their second set of songs in as many months, also via their Bandcamp. Surprise! You can stream that below too.
Chicago post-metallers The Atlas Moth have a song from their upcoming third album, The Old Believer, streaming over at Pitchfork.
Italian prog-death upstarts Nero di Marte -- last seen on tour with Gorguts -- recently had literally all of their gear stolen. The circumstances of the robbery were face-palmingly frustrating:
"In less than 30 minutes someone broke into our van and was able to take everything. It happened in broad daylight near a police station in Rome, despite there being a massive amount of police forces surveilling the area but, alas, no security cameras."They and fellow tourmates/robbery victims Void of Sleep, have opened an Indiegogo campaign to not only replace their gear, but to record a split 7" as a reward for the help. As I mentioned earlier today, I'm not typically wild about crowdfunding, but this seems like a pretty reasonable cause.
Mastodon's new album (they're still a metal band, right?) will be entitled Once More Around The Sun.
Now, onto this weekend's live options:
TONIGHT (4/4): Powerviolence lifers Despise You play the first of two NYC shows at the new Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave.), alongside recent NYC transplants Magrudergrind, Backslider, and Grudges. Hull will finally celebrate the release of their Legend of the Swamp Goat 7" at Saint Vitus, with help from Anicon & Iron Force (tix). Virginian rockers Satan's Satyrs will hit Acheron with locals The Golden Grass & Ecstatic Vision (tix).
TOMORROW (4/5): Night 2 of Despise You in NYC, this time at Saint Vitus and alongside Full of Hell, Draize, Chainsaw to the Face, & Mother Brain (tix).
Sunday (4/6): Ambitious local black metallers Epistasis will celebrate the release of their new EP via Crucial Blast at the Acheron, along with avant-metal beasts Kayo Dot, Pyrrhon (my band), and White Suns (tix).
For more heavy options, check out our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
In the Invisible Oranges corner this week:
We scoped out new music by Ormgård, Cult Leader, Cormorant, Neige Morte, and the Thou/The Body collab. We also had our weekly East Village Radio show, which was brought to you this week by Irving Plaza; we gave away a pair of tickets to see the mighty Godflesh on 4/10. Tune in next week for more interviews, giveaways, and awesome tunes both new and old. Oh, and we ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever.
I think that does it! Check out all those streams below. Anything else?
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 Doug Moore
We were pretty confused/excited when indie rock figurehead Thurston Moore joined Chicagoan black metal supergroup Twilight (no, no glittery vampires involved) back in 2012. It's been a long wait since. The rest of their then-lineup went through the wringer, with both Blake Judd (Nachtmystium) and Jef "Wrest" Whitehead (Leviathan) dealing with legal issues and Aaron Turner (ISIS) folding his beloved Hydra Head label.
Twilight finally announced the details for III: Beneath Trident's Tomb, their forthcoming third album (and first with Thurston Moore), today. The bad news is that this album will be their last -- the band has already been "dissolved." Turner and Judd are out of the picture; it's easy to imagine that Judd was booted because of his recent troubles. Wrest has hung on, though, and performs bass, drums, and some vocals on the album. The rest of the lineup is rounded out by Moore (guitar/vox), Neill "Imperial" Jameson (Krieg) on vocals, Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) on guitar and vox, and Chicago sound guy extraordinaire Sanford Parker handling synths and electronics. The album will come out on March 18 via Century Media.
The really noteworthy bit here is the new track the band has posted -- "Lungs," which is both the album's leadoff cut and a total burner. The press release credits Wrest and Imperial with the composition, but man, if that noise-freakout intro isn't a dead ringer for a Sonic Youth part. (I hear shades of "100%" from Dirty.) The rest of the song is a pretty major departure from Twilight's past work, too -- it plows away in grubby, antagonistic noise rock fashion underneath a skein of layered harsh and clean vocals.
Thurston Moore also just listed his favorite songs of all time.
Stream "Lungs" and check out III: Beneath Trident's Tomb's track listing below...
By Doug Moore
The Atlas Moth at Irving Plaza, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Double-dip of good news for fans of Chicago's The Atlas Moth today. First, they'll be touring North America along with The Ocean, Scale the Summit, and Silver Snakes from the end of February through the beginning of April, including SXSW, a stop at South By So What? Fest in Grand Prairie, TX on March 14, and an NYC stop at the Studio @ Webster Hall on March 29. Tix aren't on sale yet, but keep an eye out.
Second, they'll be releasing the follow-up to 2011's critically acclaimed An Ache for the Distance in June. The new album is titled The Old Believer. From the official press release:
THE ATLAS MOTH are going to embark on a massive North American tour this spring (alongside The Ocean, Scale The Summit, and Silver Snakes) to prelude their upcoming glorious new album "The Old Believer" which will be slated to be released this June. On this tour you can expect The Atlas Moth to play a decent amount of new music from "The Old Believer", which we can assure you will be one of 2014′s milestone albums in heavy music. All we can currently say about "The Old Believer" is simply, expect to be blown away. The new album is leveling and will easily be recognized as the band's best work to date.All Atlas Moth dates are listed below...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
Gojira at Irving Plaza last night (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
French metal crew Gojira's US dates have come to a close with last night's (2/19) rescheduled appearance at Irving Plaza. Backed by support from The Devin Townsend Project and the hand-picked-by-Gojira boys in The Atlas Moth, the show was the second of two dates for the trio, the first being the original tour closer at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/18. Check out a review from MHoW and more pictures from Irving Plaza at Invisible Oranges.
Travelers are already finding Nemo a pain in the butt.A winter storm is upon us, fashion week is totally fuct, and other NYC show cancellations are already coming in.
The massive nor'easter has caused a wave of flight cancellations as it prepares to smother the city under up to 14 inches of snow.
United Airlines canceled 900 flights in advance of the storm, and Delta Air Lines crossed off 135, plus more regional flights.
As of Thursday, before Nemo even touched down, Newark Airport had the most Friday cancellations nationally, followed by Boston's Logan Airport, and LaGuardia Airport, according to FlightAware.
Most airlines issued so-called "weather waivers," allowing passengers in the storm-affected areas to change their flight date without paying a change fee.
Gov. Cuomo is opening an emergency operations center to help with "coordinating response efforts using all state and local resources," he said in a statement Thursday. [Daily News]
Williamsburg club Union Pool reports:
DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, [TONIGHT]'S SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE:Apology accepted. Hartwell Littlejohn adds:
EXPLORER'S CLUB/MINIBOONE/CHEERS ELEPHANT/HARTWELL LITTLEJOHN. WE APOLOGIZE.
THIS SHOW WILL BE RESCHEDULED. IF YOU WERE PLANNING TO ATTEND, THANK YOU. WE'LL DO IT AGAIN SOON.Nemo is all about screaming your cancellations in caps.
Also: tonight's show at the Rock Shop in Park Slope with the Lovehowl + Bangladeafy + Hannah Vs the Many + Luminous Flux "has been canceled due to Nemo."
As of 11am, we haven't heard of any other concert or comedy show cancellations yet, but we'll keep updating the site and this post as things get called off, hopefully not Passion Pit at MSG included. If you know of other postponements, please leave them in the comments.
Tonight's show at Shea Stadium is CANCELLED.
The early show at Cameo is CANCELLED. UPDATE: The late show is cancelled too.
Big Snow Buffalo Lodge can't handle a big snow and has also canceled their early show tonight with Alan Watts.
James T. Cotton (JTC)'s flight was cancelled so can't make it to 285 Kent, but so far the party is still on.
The Wellmont Theater has postponed Lindsey Stirling until May 9.
Holopaw were scheduled to play Knitting Factory and Permanent Records tonight, but the record store just sent out this note:
"Hi all... sorry to say we just got the word from Holopaw that due to this impending storm they aren't gonna make it to NYC tonight and have had to cancel their scheduled in-store performance with us. Darn! Hopefully we'll be able to reschedule, but for now let's just wish them safety in their travels.UPDATE: Despite what Permanent Records says about the band making it to NYC, the band and venue are currently saying Knitting Factory is still a go.
As of now we're still planning to be open with normal hours all weekend so if you were planning to come by tonight, that is still an option! It's warm in here!"
SOB's reports that "tonight's Salsa Groove event with La Excelencia is canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date."
All events at 92YTribeca are cancelled, and 92Y announced "Saturday's classes and programs in School of the Arts are canceled."
Atlas Moth report: "Fortunately, we made it to New York with no problem. Unfortunately, the show has been postponed until 2/19. See ya then NYC!" The show they're talking about is with Gojira tonight at Irving Plaza. The new show is one day after the Brooklyn show.
The show at Pianos is cancelled, but the bar is open.
The Heliotropes/Dead Stars show at the Paper Box is cancelled, but Dead Stars will play Muchmore's instead.
Raekwon and Rakim at Stage 48 is postponed.
Dept. of Health, ANASAZI, Blackboot, and A Truth at Saint Vitus is cancelled.
Frankie Knuckles at Cameo is cancelled.
The Darlings show at Death By Audio tonight is cancelled.
The Atlas Moth at Saint Vitus, Sept 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The previously discussed set of Gojira/Devin Townsend/The Atlas Moth dates have expanded, and as such now include a second NYC stop: Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 18. Tickets go on AMEX presale at noon on Wednesday (1/9) with regular sale hitting on Friday (1/11). Tickets are also still available for their February 8th show at Irving Plaza.
Updated tour schedule and streaming audio are below...
After an unfortunate turn of events that forced Gojira to scramble for dates surrounding the release of their new LP, the French band can now rest easier. Gojira will join Devin Townsend and The Atlas Moth (who recently played NYC with Altar of Plagues) for a string of US dates in 2013 that will include a stop at Irving Plaza on February 8. Tickets go on sale October 26 at noon.
All tour dates are listed below, along with a couple video clips.
photos by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Altar of Plagues
Altar of Plagues played Saint Vitus on Wednesday (9/5) alongside hard-touring Chicagoans The Atlas Moth and the incredible Brooklyn instrumental trio Sannhet. Altar of Plagues featured a pair of additional hands in Stavros of The Atlas Moth and Joe of Wolvhammer, who each filled in as a touring member of the Irish black metal crew. Pictures of the US incarnation of Altar of Plagues, as well as all other bands at the venue tonight, are below.
Sannhet will join Bad Powers (essentially Made Out of Babies sans Julie Christmas) and more TBA for a show at Saint Vitus on September 21. Additional details are on the way, but tickets are on sale now.
Pictures from Saint Vitus are below.
Grimes / Godspeed You! Black Emperor
The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival continued on Saturday (7/14), and like day 1, Chicago's Union Park was plagued by some rain, but everything moved along as planned and the weather cleared up by mid-afternoon. Day 2 began with sets by The Psychic Paramount and The Atlas Moth (both of who we unfortunately missed) and then continued with Cloud Nothings, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q, Chromatics, Hot Chip, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes and much more.
If you weren't at the festival, did you stream it live?
More pics from day 2 are below (all by Fred Pessaro/BBG except Grimes by Chase Turner) and day 1 pics are HERE.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Altar of Plagues at The Studio at Webster Hall, 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Surrounding their appearances at Hopscotch 2012, Irish black-metal crew Altar of Plagues and Chicago's psychedelic-blues killers The Atlas Moth will embark on a short co-headlining tour of the East Coast/Midwest that will include a stop in NYC. Look for the pair to join Richmond's Inter Arma and NYC's Sannhet as part of a killer four-way bill at Saint Vitus on September 5th, a BrooklynVegan/BBG production. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, you can catch The Atlas Moth at Pitchfork this weekend in Chicago, along with bands like The Psychic Paramount, Iceage, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Big K.R.I.T, Feist, Vampire Weekend, and many many more.
All tour dates, the tour flyer and the NYC flyer (available in screenprints at the show!) are below.
photos by Markus Shaffer
Ben Verellen of Harkonen
Harkonen reunited for a trio of shows on the East Coast, including a stop in NYC at Union Pool on June 15th as part of a BV-BBG/Brutal Panda Northside Festival showcase. Though the Tacoma band had technical difficulties, they nonetheless sounded amazing in the packed out room.
Harkonen was joined by The Atlas Moth, Fight Amp and Whores, the latter of which played Saint Vitus two days prior with Primitive Weapons. Pictures from Union Pool are below.
The star-studded end to Down's set
With all of the drag queens, bikini-clad girls, and slow-rolling neon cars blasting hip hop, it would be perfectly understandable to mistake East 7th Ave in Ybor City for another Saturday night on the strip. Yet the clubs of East 7th had been invaded by the the black-shirted, devil-horn weilding crew: the fourth-annual Scion Rock Fest was in town.
Ybor City is located north of downtown Tampa, Florida and was the site of 2012's edition, boasting names like Sleep, Merzbow, Oxbow, Repulsion, Sick of it All, Suffocation and many others across four stages (The Orpheum, CZAR Bar, Crowbar, and The Ritz). Though I never made it over to the Orpheum, I saw my fair share of incredible performances across the remaining three stages, many of which will likely never happen again.
Thoughts on Scion Rock Fest 2012, pictures, and video from many of the sets are below.
Ladder Devils, which features members of The Minor Times, have teased us with a few tastes of their Am-Rep style post-hardcore, but it wasn't until recently that the band had ventured into the studio to knock out a full exhibition. Enter Nowhere Plans, the band's debut LP for Brutal Panda which is due June 26th and available for preorder now. Limited to 500 pieces of vinyl, the album spans nine tracks, one of which, "Good Enough Methodology," is available for streaming for the first time below.
Ladder Devils are on board to support Harkonen (as part of their East Coast jaunt) at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie with Whores and The Atlas Moth. The day before, look for Harkonen to play the BrooklynVegan/Brutal Panda Northside showcase which is happening June 15 at Union Pool. Tickets to the Brooklyn are still available (or use your Northside badge). Tickets to the Philadelphia show are still available too.
Stream that new Ladder Devils track below, along with some previously-available material.
Art for Shiner's The Egg
Shiner was a band from Kansas City, Missouri that was active from 1992 to 2003. The group formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Chore, Jawbox, Season to Risk, The Jesus Lizard, and Girls Against Boys. The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini's Chicago studio) in 1996, and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7" single of the group's songs "Sleep it Off" and "Half Empty". Following this the band toured with Hum in 1998. A third full-length, Starless, was released on a label run by members of The Descendents, Owned and Operated, in 2000. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002.Shiner called it quits with a show in their native Kansas City in January of 2003, with its members taking to projects like Every Time I Die, The Damned Things, The Life & Times, With Knives, and many others.
Close to ten years later, the band is back for a quintet of reunion shows in the US in celebrate of The Egg's reissue, due on August 7th. The dates include stops in Lawrence, Kansas, Chicago, LA and NYC at Irving Plaza on August 11th with Errortype:11. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Errortype:11 shares members of Primitive Weapons, who will team with Whores, Family, and Tiger Flowers at Saint Vitus on June 13th. Tickets are on sale. As previously mentioned, Whores will also play Union Pool on June 15th with Harkonen, The Atlas Moth, and Fight Amp as part of a Brutal Panda/BV-BBG Northside event. Tickets are still available, or get in with your Northside badge.
A listing of all Shiner tour dates and a teaser video for The Egg reissue are below.
Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys, Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.
Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.
Church of Misery at Inferno Festival (more by BBG)
Scion Rock Fest have announced their first round of 2012 bands, including some very interesting and out-of-the-box choices. Among the announced so far include the impressive Repulsion, All Pigs Must Die, Merzbow, Sleep (who just played Roadburn), Church of Misery (them too, and they play NYC soon), and Oxbow, but the lineup also includes names like Terror, Psychic TV, and Cerebral Ballzy and more... bands that seem a bit out of the ordinary for a traditionally all-metal festival entering its fourth year. The show goes down on June 2nd across four venues in Tampa FL. As always, the show is free (with RSVP that opens on 4/20 at noon).
UPDATE: Full lineup has been released, check out the flyer and lineup below.
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
Ben Verellen with Helms Alee at The Charleston (more by Markus Shaffer)
Stoked to announce that BrooklynVegan and Brutal Panda have teamed up to present a rare reunion of Harkonen who will head out on a short string of East Coast dates! The shows will be their first on the east side since their dissolution in 2005, and feature supporting appearances from The Atlas Moth and Whores on all dates. The tour kicks off in Boston at Middle East on June 14th (with special guest Zozobra) before moving to NYC at Union Pool on June 15th with a special guest (TBA). The tour concludes the next day in Philadelphia (on 6/16) as part of a show with Ladder Devils.
The NYC date is an official BrooklynVegan/Brutal Panda Northside Festival showcase. Tickets are on sale OR you can get in with your Northside badge (details forthcoming). Stay tuned for other BV Northside events too.
Tour flyer and some video below....
Alcest @ Lovejoys
By the time that Hull hit the stage at around 2:20pm, the deal was sealed; intimate Austin bar/venue Lovejoys was officially one-in-one-out until we closed the doors. The Saturday BrooklynVegan day show during SXSW included the awesome lineup of Alcest (their only Austin show), Nachtmystium (with Will Lindsay and Sanford Parker in tow), The Atlas Moth, Pallbearer, Speedwolf, Hull, Bruce Lamont with Man's Gin (their only show), Mutilation Rites and Vestiges. All of the bands ruled and I can't thank them enough.
Vestiges opened the party at 12:15 to a relatively large crowd of people (considering the inevitable hangovers from the night prior), and proceeded to wake us all with their spacey hybrid of black metal, hardcore, doom, and crust. A truly amazing band that is definitely worth looking out for. Mutilation Rites followed with new bassist Ryan Jones (Wetnurse/Today is The Day) in tow, but seemed no worse for the changeover; the band's punk-y black-metal-thrash ripped as usual.
Bruce Lamont and Man's Gin collaborated next, using everything from guitar, sax, and bass ukelele in their renditions of Man's Gin songs. It was a special one-off collaboration during the festival, and one that I was grateful to be hosting in such a small space. Hats off to Erik, Josh & the Man's Gin crew, as well as Bruce Lamont.
After that relatively low-key set, of course Hull brought it up a few notches with their thundering post-metal stomp, the first of three shows for the band that day. The rattling doom power of Hull live cannot be denied, but neither can the Motorhead-y beer-swilling pummel of Speedwolf who followed directly after. Speedwolf is currently on a US tear, so look for them at a town near you (including NYC).
Pallbearer @ Lovejoys
Pallbearer, one of my favorite bands from SXSW this year, are undeniably great and just destroyed after Speedwolf. Their melodic doom riffs and soaring vocals owe a lot to the doom-fathers of yesteryear but still reimagine some of those approaches on their stunner of an LP Sorrow & Extinction. Pick it up if you can, and don't miss them when they come to NYC with Loss!
The Atlas Moth and Nachtmystium, out on tour together, played the following two sets with the latter featuring Sanford Parker on keys and Will Lindsay (Indian, Middian, etc) on bass. The Atlas Moth was also in a different configuration, with Andrew Ragin out with medical issues and replaced with his brother-in-law and former member of Stabbing Westward Marcus Eliopulos. Despite configuration changes, both bands were fantastic.
Alcest, who in no way resembles a metal band other than in pedigree, closed out the night. The French quartet's focus is on shoegaze-influenced beauty and were a perfect way to end the hectic and brutal day at Lovejoys. Alcest are on the road in the US, and will play NYC at Public Assembly next week with another BV-SXSW-show-alumnus, Deafheaven (I'll be DJing).
Yet another successful year at Lovejoys in Austin, and I'd like to send a big thank you to the staff, Jester King for the free suds, all of the bands, and most importantly all of the fans who came for the day. Thank you so much, and I can't wait until next year!
More pictures from the whole day, below...