Entries tagged with: The Body
by Ian Chainey
Sludgesters The Body's 2014 M.O. to Voltron with vicious bands across the continent has brought them back to their former homebase, Providence, Rhode Island. It's there that they've found Sandworm, a raw USBM duo who play their music in the spirit of the sand-blasted terrains of the desert. We're streaming a track from their forthcoming split with the Body on Invisible Oranges and had this to say about the micro-sized flayer:
On this track, Sandworm are black metal simplicity and ingenuity incarnate: a few good riffs, a steady beat, and fried vocals. Yet "Desert Warfare" is also teeming with ideas, be it the meter-shifting digressions or the way the guitar crashes around the mix, creating a charged atmosphere presaging bolts of lightning. In under two minutes, Sandworm nail the black metal particulars while also forming a universe that opens up on closer inspection. You lose yourself in the replays. Neat. Also, yeah, bleak.The Body/Sandworm split is out via Thrill Jockey on October 21 (preorder). It contains one, side-long Body track and a heaping helping of concise cutters from Sandworm. You can stream "Desert Warfare" below.
The split will actually be dropped in a middle of The Body and Sandworm's tour. The jaunt through the western half of North America will run through locations like Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles. Sandworm will actually get things rolling in the East, too, hitting NYC's the Acheron on September 23. Advance tickets and support slots are still to come. You can check out the full tour slate for both bands below, including the Body's stop at Southwest Terror Fest. Hopefully the Body have a functioning ride by then.
All of the dates are listed, along with streams of Sandworm's "Desert Warfare" and the Body's 2013 compilation, below.
by Ian Chainey
Noisy sludgesters The Body are gearing to tour if they have a van that will survive the trek. To make that happen, the band has set up an Indiegogo campaign, opening with this pitch:
If you follow us, you know we tour a ton but we've never owned a van that wasn't at least 12 years old and had over 200,000 miles upon us buying it from some freak on Craigslist. Honestly, we feel weird about crowd funding so we tried to offer stuff that we would be selling anyways in some other format. We would buy it with our own money but we're borderline animals with no careers because we've thrown our lives in the toilet to tour 6 months a year and surprisingly, yelling to people doesn't pay like it did in the 80's.I feel like this is the section where they get a slow clap for honesty.
Of course, one of the highlights of crowdsourced projects is window shopping the donor perks, and this one has some goodies. The options include snagging a never-to-be-pressed again album, T-shirts featuring either member of the duo, and a chance for the band to take you out for pizza. You can watch a video on the fundraising campaign below.
The Body have had another busy year, releasing two collaboration albums -- I Shall Die Here with the Haxan Cloak and Released From Love with Thou, which we premiered on Invisible Oranges -- along with a bevy of early summer shows including dates with Thou and a spot at this year's Gilead Fest. They're currently scheduled to appear at Southwest Terror Fest in Tucson, Arizona in October.
The campaign video along with streams from their 2014 releases appear below.
by Ian Chainey
Electric Wizard at MDF 2012 (More by Fred Pessaro)
UK doomers Electric Wizard announced a new album. This one is called Time to Die and the title plays into a theme, according to singer/guitarist Jus Oborn: "All of our albums in the past have had a theme -- revenge, drugs, black magick -- and the theme of this one is death. Of course, death to us really means rebirth, so this album is a manifestation of a very primal occult belief in the final sacrifice. We have gone full circle -- it was inevitable, but we had to do it. We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger." A release date hasn't been lined up, but Electric Wizard will be playing some select Euro fests this summer. Cover art and dates can be seen below.
In tour news, Empty Vessels, who recently played Punk Island, are hitting the road in support of the Kurt Ballou-produced Seizures Within Reason. This tour mainly swings through the West Coast. The full slate of dates and three tracks from Seizures Within Reason are 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.
Wolves in the Throne Room are spinning Celestite (preorder) -- their kinda ambient, komische reworking of prior material -- in full at the Grey Lady. Will Shortz, huge weed hound. Plus, Judas Priest have put the entirety of Redeemer of Souls on iTunes. They'll be hitting New York in the fall. Wolvhammer have unveiled Clawing Into Black Sun (preorder). You can check that one out below. Finally, Mortals -- who will be playing a record release show at the Acheron on July 18 -- dropped the monstrous Cursed To See the Future (preorder), which you can play below. All four albums will see a physical release on July 8.
For single tracks and teasers, Bastard Sapling previewed "Forbidden Sorrow" from Instinct is Forever (August 26, Gilead Media). The blackened d-beaters Martyrdod are streaming the title track from Elddop (July 22, Southern Lord - Preorder). And the mighty YOB are providing another tantalizing peek at Clearing The Path To Ascend (September 2, Neurot Recordings). All songs and videos are available below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (7/3): Wanna catch some up-and-comers before the holiday? Buckshot Facelift, Huldra, OTTO MAN, Dealers, and Thera Roya play Saint Vitus (tickets).
Saturday (7/5): Collaborators Thou and the Body play twice on Saturday, hitting ABC No Rio for an afternoon matinee with Mongrel and Vilkacis before heading to Palisades for a late-night show with Ghastly City Sleep and Pygmy Lush. ThouTickets are $8 at the door. If compacter punk is more your game, Warthog, Leather Daddy, Jock's Blood, and Ajax are playing Saint Vitus (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: Upcoming Metal Releases was slim, but as always, the quality was there. We had premieres aplenty from Mutilation Rites, Entrails, and Wrought Iron. We also blabbed with quite a few metallers, including Phil Hall (Cannabis Corpse), Craig Hayes (South of Heaven), and the legendary Ihsahn (Emperor). But the highlight of the week were the pretty pictures snapped at Agalloch and Martyrdoom.
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 enjoy your July 4 Weekend.
Dates, streams, etc, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Boston's Fórn just released a new track from their forthcoming EP The Departure of Consciousness titled "Dweller on the Threshold," and it's a sludge-caked doom monster. Punishingly heavy, here's what we had to say about it over at Invisible Oranges:
"Dweller on the Threshold," the opening track (not counting an ambient intro) of Fórn's forthcoming EP The Departure of Consciousness, is a bit of a knock-down, drag-it-out bruiser. The sparse, punishing drums; the fuzzed-out big-riff brutality; the throaty, palpably disgusted, up-in-front vocals; the menacing anticipatory build; the insanity of the deathed-out blast release: these give "Dweller on the Threshold" a threatening, gruff quality. It's a killer opening track statement. While "Dweller of the Threshold" drags you through viscous sludge out back to the alley, though, note the rich, at times absorbing melancholic atmosphere...Look for the album on Vendetta Records later this summer -- it's going to be a goodie.
...The push and pull and knowing when to hit the jets makes for a really well conceived and, despite the pulsating gruffness of the track, polished song. Special mention has to go to the killer vocals--the throaty belch is mile-deep, and the hysterical shriek that comes in when shit hits the fan is gold.
Fórn is playing some West Coast dates which you can check out below, but, sadly, don't have much on the East Coast outside the New England region. They play Providence, RI with Sin of Angels and Lycus on June 29, and are also playing with the Thou & The Body in Worcester, MA on July 7 with Rozamov.
The Thou/The Body tour, though, does hit NYC on July 5 with a matinee at ABC No Rio. Then that night they'll play Bushwick's Palisades with Ghastly City Sleep, and Pygmy Lush. Tickets for the previously unannounced Palisades show are on sale now.
All Forn and Thou/The Body tour dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...
by Doug Moore
Whitehorse at the Acheron, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Both Australian sludge/noise unit Whitehorse and prolific and like-minded Americans The Body (who, for the record, are in fact currently based in Portland, OR) are both at Roadburn this weekend and will embark on separate European tours afterwards. Once they've wrapped those up, the two will reconvene for a NYC show at Saint Vitus on May 8. along with compelling local support from Gnaw & Theologian. Tix are available now.
This won't be your only opportunity to catch The Body live this spring/summer -- they'll be back on July 5 at ABC No Rio as part of their tour with Thou, whom they just released a collaborative EP with. Not to be outdone by their tourmates in the absurdly-prolific department, Thou have also released another EP, this one a standalone entitled The Sacrifice. You can stream it below. In a thematically appropriate but wholly unsurprising twist, it features a Nirvana cover ("I Hate Myself and I Want to Die," specifically), a band they've covered before.
(And speaking of Saint Vitus and Nirvana...)
Check out the Thou stream and all lists of tour dates below...
By Doug Moore
This is a pleasant surprise. ("Pleasant" admittedly being used a little loosely there.) We've known for a while that Louisana sludge unit Thou and Portland art-metallers The Body are in album-producing mode -- The Body just put out an impressive collaboration with The Haxan Cloak, and Thou dropped a more conventional full length recently. We also knew that the two bands were planning on touring together this summer, including appearances at this year's Gilead Media Fest. But until very recently, we had no idea that the two bands were working on a four-song, vinyl-only collaborative effort.
Turns out that they were (duh); the results, entitled Released From Love, are streaming at Invisible Oranges this afternoon. From our writeup:
I've never been a huge fan of The Body, but between this recording and their collaboration with the Haxan Cloak, I am increasingly impressed by their ability to work effectively in concert with outside musicians. They play a supporting role on Released From Love, but they play it to the hilt. Thou's massive sonic presence occupies the foreground for most of the record -- the massive slouch of "The Wheel Weaves as the Wheel Wills" could be a lost track from last month's Heathen LP, and the closing cover of Vic Chesnutt's modern classic "Coward" is right in line with Thou's historic love for out-genre interpretations. The Body mostly run interference around the flanks of Thou's bulk throughout. Chip King's distinctive shriek punches through the mire and then retreats; caustic electronic sounds seethe up through seams in the riffage. If these bands were a street-fighting tag team, Thou would be the big hulking dude who occupies your attention long enough for the small, shifty Body to sneak up behind you and jam a knife between your ribs.Stream Released From Love below. While you're at it, check out the full run of Thou/The Body dates (which hits NYC at ABC No Rio on 7/5 for a matinee, plus a later show at a TBA venue) and the original version of that Vic Chesnutt tune...
by Doug Moore
Thou at ABC No Rio (more by Fred Pessaro)
It's been quite some time since arts-inclined Louisiana sludge unit Thou came to New York City. Now, with their fourth full-length album Heathen scheduled to drop on March 25 via Gilead Media, Thou are stepping into the live arena again. For starters, they've just announced a one-off NYC show at Saint Vitus on March 23. No openers yet, but tickets are on sale now.
The band are also preparing for separate tours with both Cloud Rat and The Body (who just released a song from their upcoming album, and who are playing Vitus the day before Thou). The former tour will be a West Coast tour, while the latter will return Thou to the East Coast. Both Thou and The Body will be playing NYC again on July 5 at ABC No Rio and a TBA NYC date the next night, plus they'll both be at the Gilead Media Festival in July as well.
All dates are listed (some venues still TBA), with a stream of Thou's last LP, below...
by Doug Moore
Portland racket-makers The Body have historically enjoyed collaboration albums, having worked with both The Assembly of Light choir on All The Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood and with Braveyoung on Nothing Passes.
They've just announced another collaborative album, and it's a doozy. On the upcoming I Shall Die Here LP, The Body will collaborate with critically-beloved electronic musician Bobby Krlic, AKA The Haxan Cloak. They've already debuted a song from the LP, which is pretty much what you'd expect -- noisy, repetitive, and forbidding. You can stream it below. I Shall Die Here will come out on April 1 in the US via RVNG.
In related news, the Body will be touring North America during the month of March (including an NYC stop at Saint Vitus on 3/22), as well as appearing at the Gilead Media Fest in Wisconsin in July. Meanwhile, The Haxan Cloak will play Barcelona's Primavera Sound fest on May 30.
Stream the new Body tune and check out their upcoming dates below...
by Wyatt Marshall
The Body at The Acheron, June 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As you may know, the Gilead Media Fest is happening in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 18 - 20 and has announced a number of additions to what was an already loaded lineup. Fest-goers can catch black metal bruisers Barghest, get solid doses of sludge and doom from Kowloon Walled City and Loss, and bear witness to what looks to be UK experimental black/death band Lychgate's debut US performance. That's in addition to performances from previously announced acts Ash Borer, Hell, Inter Arma, Hexer, Mutilation Rites, Oozing Wound and more. The Body and Thou will be collaborating for a performance, too, which will be one that will surely rattle ear drums. tickets are on sale now. Look for two more bands to be announced soon.
Speaking of The Body, they're touring again and hitting Saint Vitus on 3/22. Still no word on advance tickets for that one.
Gilead Media Fest lineup below...
by Doug Moore
The Body at Acheron, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Do The Body ever stop touring? It doesn't seem like it. The Portland sludge transplants played NYC three times last year, including a memorable Halloween show. Now they've announced a fresh run of North American dates starting in March, including a NYC stop at Saint Vitus on 3/22. No tickets on sale yet, but there will be soon.
Check out the full set of dates, plus one of their signature spooky music videos, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
The Body at The Acheron in June (more by Fred Pessaro)
It's Halloween, and there's no shortage of fun stuff to do. Let's get to it.
Insanely loud sludge creeps The Body are playing Saint Vitus tonight (10/31) with Sandworm and Blackout, and they'll be screening their spooky new video that came out today, "Shrouded," at the show. They'll also screen the brand new (today) video from Portal, who also kept it spooky and veil-themed with "Curtain." Check out those videos in this post.
If you're looking for more of a straight up rager, thrashers Oozing Wound are playing a warehouse show at 95 Bogart St with Wicked King Wicker, Rozamov and Silicone Sister. The show's a kegger, so come thirsty. Flyer for that below.
As previously mentioned, Liturgy will be teaming up with noted composer Alan Howarth for a Halloween show tonight at 285 Kent. You might not recognize Howarth's name, but you'll recognize his work: Howarth co-wrote the score to Halloween and did sound work for dozens of movies, including Star Trek and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The show will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of Halloween.
If you're looking for something dance-y AND dark, you're covered: as previously noted, Vatican Shadow will be playing Output with Raime, Silent Servent, Veronica Vasicka and Becka Diamond. Vatican Shadow just put out a remix of The Field's "Cupid's Head"--listen to it below.
Meanwhile, old school death metal band Necrophagia is giving away a free track, "The Wicked," on their bandcamp. Stream it below, but first, fun fact: Phil Anselmo of Pantera used to play guitar in Necrophagia under the name "Anton Crowley." Speaking of Anselmo, he just had quite a Halloween warm-up down in Austin with horror movie/metal extravaganza, the Housecore Horror Fest.
Vids, song streams and flyers below...
by Doug Moore
ÆVANGELIST's new album cover
Today has been a pretty goddamn crazy 24-ish hours for new heavy music streams. I count five full-album streams of note (incuding the Pelican stream we posted earlier), plus a handful of individual tracks. Here's what I've got:
Noise-flocked death metallers Ævangelist have a new song up on Bandcamp (and below).
Gift of Gods (featuring Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone) have a new song on Youtube (and below).
Likewise for old-school death metal troupe Demonical: song on Youtube, as well as below.
Check out all of the embeddable streams below. I think that does it. What did I miss?
by Doug Moore
The Body are having a busy year. They've signed with Thrill Jockey, toured (including a two-night stand at the Acheron), and confirmed an appearance at next year's Gilead Media fest. Their Thrill Jockey debut, Christs, Redeemers, comes out on October 15. We've debuted a video for "An Altar or a Grave" -- one of the strongest cuts on the new record -- over at Invisible Oranges. From our writeup:
The video is about either someone being drowned or having their weighted corpse dumped deep water; either way, the blurred fluttering of the occasional milky-white hand jutting from the bundle of sinking, sodden rags says too much, about awful things. The string and vocal melodies interwoven throughout the bands plodding, toxic riffs simply drive home the feeling of despair and claustrophobia that exists in the silent, heavy tomb beneath the surface.Check out the video and the full writeup over at IO.
The band has also announced a run of North American dates, including a Halloween show at Saint Vitus (which will undoubtedly be pretty weird) and a show with Neurosis in Portland in late November (which will undoubtedly be pretty awesome; tix). Tickets for the Saint Vitus show will be on sale soon via Ticketfly.
All dates are listed, along with those videos, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Inter Arma @ Hopscotch 2013 (more by Karen A. Mann)
Gilead Media Music Festival has announced the first round of confirmed bands for the fest's second installation, set to take place from July 18-20, 2014 in Oshkosh, WI. Gilead Media label-mates Ash Borer, Mutilation Rites (who play Saint Vitus December 12 with Revenge), Inter Arma (who embark on a tour with Black Tusk soon that hits Saint Vitus on October 30), Thou and more will lead what is already a doozy of a lineup.
Two bands I'd want to check out would be Salem, Oregon's blackened/doom specialists Hell and Minneapolis-based black metal band False. Gilead says to expect around twenty-five bands when the full lineup is complete. Stream a track by False and see the list of announced bands below...
by Fred Pessaro
The Body's second gig of their rainy two-night stand at The Acheron last night (6/10) included sets by instrumental favorites Sannhet, industrial/noise from Theologian and promising young doomers Hasj. And of course, The Body ripping it up. Pictures and video from the show are up at Invisible Oranges, as well as ones from the June 9 show with Mutilation Rites and Geryon.
Speaking of Mutilation Rites, drummer Justin Ennis will be in the studio at East Village Radio tonight (6/11) as special guest on the InvisibleOranges show which airs at 10 PM EDT. Tune in for new music, interviews, and more.
by Fred Pessaro
The Body at The Acheron last night (more by Fred Pessaro)
On their way out of recording three LPs in a row at Machines with Magnets in Providence, The Body played the first of two NYC shows at The Acheron last night (6/9). Mutilation Rites and Geryon, the latter of which features half of Krallice, provided support for the evening and you can check out more pictures and video from that show at Invisible Oranges.
The Body do it again at The Acheron tonight (6/10, tickets). Post-everything instrumental trio Sannhet provides direct support along with Theologian and Hasj (mems Bad Dream and Trenchgrinder).
As discussed, The Body are preparing to hit the road this summer and will road-test material from their Master, We Perish 12" as well as a forthcoming release on Thrill Jockey. Look for the band to play two nights at The Acheron on June 9 and June 10 (tickets). All other tour dates are below.
The Body have released a new video for "Worship" from Master, We Perish and you can check that out as well as another video for "The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash," below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Body at Acheron, Sept 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
There was a time not too long ago when you could set your watch to appearances from The Body in NYC. Not so much anymore, but time has come again. On their way to the studio, The Body will play two shows at Acheron on June 9 & 10. Support on each night is similarly stellar, with 6/9 featuring Mutilation Rites and Geryon and 6/10 featuring Sannhet, Theologian and Hasj. Tickets for both shows are on sale.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
still from The Body's new video
The Body are sounding more vicious than ever in new track "The Ebb and Flow of Tides in a Sea of Ash,' due on their forthcoming Master, We Perish release via At a Loss. (Pre-order it here.) Abandoning woofer-quaking doom for a noise-soaked black metal approach, check out the video for that track below which features news footage culled from a mass suicide. Needless to say, viewer discretion advised.
Los Crudos in Chicago earlier this year (more by Carmelo Espanola)
The great Los Crudos have returned to the stage off and on since initially splitting in 1998, most recently in Chicago for a pair of shows (pics/review). Now comes word that "That Spic Band" will return from slumber yet again to play Chaos in Tejas, their first appearance at the festival since 2008. The band is scheduled to play one more US date, the This is Not A Step festival in the Bay Area on June 28 - 30 happening at and benefiting DIY space 924 Gilman, featuring The Body, Iron Lung, No Statik, Talk is Poison and more.
Los Crudos recently played a string of dates in South America in addition to that doubleheader in Chicago in March 2nd. Check out video of full sets from both shows, along with a video of their 2008 appearance at Chaos in Tejas, below.
The Assembly of Light Choir at LPR, June 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Assembly of Light Choir's collaboration on The Body's All of The Waters of The Earth Turned To Blood are some of the most compelling tracks on the record. The juxtaposition of the all-female choir against The Body's rumbling low-end blasts is a study in eerie contrast, and one that continues on AoLC's debut LP.
Out August 25 on At a Loss Records, The Assembly of Light Choir's oddly apoctalyptic journey into doom and classicism begins with its first single "Transition" which features The Body's Chip King on vocals. We're premiering a stream of that song below.
In celebration of the release of the band's LP, west-coasters can look forward to a victory lap of shows with The Body and Braveyoung. All tour dates are listed below, along with that song stream.
The body at Saint Vitus (more by BBG)
NYC's favorite non-local local band The Body, will team with Braveyoung for another string of dates that will include NYC at Saint Vitus on February 9th. Ticketing info is forthcoming. The band will play material from last year's collaborative LP Nothing Passes (stream it).
Julie Christmas will play a rare show at Saint Vitus on February 4th, backed by John Lamacchia (Candiria) , Fran Mark (From Autumn to Ashes), Andrew Schneider (Pigs), Tom Tierney (Tidal Arms) and Melvin Leiderman (Thalia Zedek). The show will center around her solo debut The Bad Wife, and will also feature an appearance from Stephen Brodsky (Cave In) and tickets are on sale. In related news, word on the street says that Made Out of Babies is no more.
Double Negative will return to NYC to play Saint Vitus on February 2nd. Tickets are on sale, and support comes from Murder, Tournament, and Acid Problem.
As revealed on Metalsucks, Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire have announced a round of tour dates that include March 26th at Lit Lounge. Full set of dates are below.
Stream the Nails/Skin Like Iron split, which premiered on Decibel, in full below.
All tour dates, that stream, a list of upcoming NYC shows, and a trailer for a forthcoming Boston Hardcore documentary is below.
Dropdead at Europa (more by Keith Marlowe)
Chaos in Tejas have announced another round of bands for their 2012 shindig (first round here), including rare appearances from legendary post-hardcore band Moss Icon (a one-time only reunion), as well as Japan's Reality Crisis and Skizophrenia (their only US dates), and repeat offenders/favorites like Dropdead, Municipal Waste, Midnight, Ares Kingdom, Puerto Rico Flowers, Xeno & Oaklander, Thou, the Rival Mob, Boston Strangler, Crazy Spirit, Brain Killer, Power Trip, Wiccans (who just played one of the final shows at Emo's), and many many others. A full list of additions and the new flyer is below.
Since the original announcement, two previously announced bands have dropped off the original lineup: Mexican black metal band Nyogthaeblisz disappeared from the lineup after their anti-Islamic/Semitic/Abrahamic stance and involvement in known NSBM (National Socialist) label Satanic Skinhead was pointed out by a few blogs. That led to Antisect and The Mob even threatening to not play. Word then spread that Disma's Craig Pillard released nazi-glorifying records under the name Sturmfuhrer. Disma then dropped out as well due to "the drama" that ensued. Craig would not comment on the matter, but other members of Disma say he has changed.
In related news, Thou will hit the road for a string of dates with The Body this week on the West Coast. Both bands will also be at the inaugural Gilead Media festival (chaired by the Gilead Media label) in Oshkosh, Wi on 4/28 and 4/29 which will feature appearances from (in alphabetical order) Arms Aloft, Aseethe, Ash Borer, Baby Boy, Darger + Plague Mother, False, Fell Voices, Get Rad, Hell, Loss, Mutilation Rites, Northless, Protestant, A Scanner Darkly, and Sleepwalker. More details are available at the site.
All tour dates, new additions to Chaos in Tejas, and the show flyer is all below.
photos by Samantha Marble
[Black Cobra is] a band of concision, pacing and respect for the ear and attention span, a bassless two-piece that plumps out its low end and whose epics last only six minutes or so... Whatever they do on their records, they can reproduce live, and slightly more vividly. They made loud music in a small room -- in fact, in this ideal dream of a small room -- sound as good as it can.After a string of dates with The Sword and Kyuss Lives! (that included shows at the Paramount Theater in Long Island and Wellmont Theater in NJ), Black Cobra kicked off a tour with Zoroaster and The Body on 12/11 at Saint Vitus with local favorites Gang Signs (who now include bassist Denis Bramley of Trenchgrinder amongst their ranks). Pictures from that Brooklyn show adorn this post.
They blazed through every track of the new album and a few from the past ("Five Daggers," "Negative Reversal," "Chronosphere"), and finished with the same change-up that the end of "Invernal" brings. First "Abyss," slow and grooving, with swing and syncopation. Then "Obliteration," the set's shortest song, at what sounded like the fastest tempo they could responsibly manage. [NY Times]
Black Cobra continues its trek eastward after more dates in the Northeast tonight (in Allston, MA), concluding a few days before the holidays in their home-state of California. All dates and more pictures from Saint Vitus are below...
Thou @ ABC No Rio
DIY mainstay ABC No Rio erupted on Saturday afternoon (10/8) when Thou played a cover of Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" (video below), though by the time they launched into said cover the packed and sold out room was already knee deep in great riffs. Kicking off with an awesome set from Argonauts, the show also featured an appearance from Thou tourmates The Body and locals Alkahest. The show is one of a select few remaining afternoon matinees at the space, with the building being torn down and rebuilt in 2012.
Argonauts, on their way to a Philadelphia show that night, opened the show. The band, comprised of John & Dave of Burnt By The Sun, Brett of East of The Wall, and Dimitri of ex-Dillinger Escpae Plan fame, had many elements in common with Burnt By The Sun; groovy, noise-dotted metal-core riffs are central to the band's sound. Argonauts have no recorded material thus far, but when those records do hit, I'll be on the hunt for them.
Alkahest's doom followed Argonauts who were followed up with booming two-piece doom juggernaut The Body. In the close quarters of ABC No Rio, my friend remarked to me that this was the first time that he could hear the vocals so clearly and I agreed; Chip's no-microphone screams are usually buried amongst the wash of vibrating 10-inch speakers. Another fun set from the band, who promised me that they'd be back soon with their collaboration with Braveyoung.
Its been quite a treat to see favorites Thou in NYC lately, and the swaying crowd definitely agreed. Said Beasties cover closed out Thou's set at ABC No Rio, which saw the crowd erupting into moshpits and swinging back and forth. Thou will be on the road a lot more in the coming months, so if you missed them, look for them on the road soon, and live vicariously through the video below.
More pictures and video from the show below...