Entries tagged with: The Communion
photos by Lukas Hodge, words by Lauren Jackson
"Hey Brooklyn... kill yourselves."
With those words, Eyehategod frontman Mike Williams described the band's first of two shows at Saint Vitus last night (11/27) in a nutshell. The air was thick last night not only with a mingling of body odors, but also with a slack-jawed, drooling rage that carried through each band's set--including Long Island's The Communion, who kicked off the night with a noise-laden, screeching set in the tradition of sludgy-grindcore.
Next up was the sludgier Brooklyn band, Clean Teeth, who peppered in the second major element of EHG, the heavy-because-I'm-so-miserable-I-can't-hold-my-head-up, similar to The Communion's homage to EHG's raw ferocity.
Then, rumor has it someone dosed the whole crowd with uppers as Magrudergrind took the stage. Compared to the other two openers, their set was blisteringly short, and whipped the crowd into a buzzing frenzy that ended with the launch of the night's first projectile--a full pint of beer, aimed at frontman Avi Kulawy's head right at the end of the band's set.
The anxiety buzz bled into the final set of the night. As Eyehategod took the stage to a chorus of approving grunts and played the first, sludgy chords of their set, bodies and beer cans flew willy nilly. Another pint glass narrowly missed the drummer's head. The stench of sweat, something in the vein of wet socks and warm beer was overwhelming. EHG, who were not only unfettered but comfortable in the scene before them, played for over an hour, stopping inbetween songs to taunt concertgoers and shout for beer (and water). At one point, Williams asked, "Does everyone feel alright?"
A resounding "NO!" echoed back. But that was alright. That was what they wanted--they wanted to feel bad, get covered in shit, bruise and get bruised in return. No one went (or will go tonight) to see EHG because they make you feel good. They went to have their misery shouted back in their faces, and know that, even if every other person in the audience acted like a total shithead (and most did), at least one person--one band--knew how badly they wanted to raise hell and burn the place to the ground.
Eyehategod will play again tonight at St. Vitus (11/28) with Villains, Mortals and White Widows. Tickets are still available. More pictures and video from last night's mayhem (though unfortunately none of The Communion) are below.
Eyehategod in Australia
With a tour down under officially behind them, Eyehategod are here and ready to take on Saint Vitus tonight (11/27) and tomorrow (11/28). The shows are a rare look into the band's highly elusive new material (some of which recently surfaced via A389) and will feature different sets each night, with support for tonight coming from Magrudergrind, Cleanteeth and The Communion and tomorrow featuring Villains, Mortals and White Widows (mems Primitive Weapons, Grudges, Goes Cube). Tickets for both tonight and tomorrow are still available OR you can try your luck at winning a pair for BOTH nights! Details on how to enter are below, along with streaming audio.
DOWNLOAD:Noisear - "Endless Reincarnation" (MP3)
Unearthly Trance at Saint Vitus (more by Greg Cristman)
Unearthly Trance shows are few and far between nowadays, but the band will awaken from their live slumber to play Acheron on March 1st as part of a bill that includes The Communion, Water Torture, and Syphilitic Lust. $8 gets you in the door. Check out the flyer below.
Horseback has completed their new LP Half Blood due via Relapse this Spring. Details are limited so far, but Roadburn has more details about the record and its "amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors." Yep, sounds like a Horseback record!
Check out a new Noisear track from their upcoming three-way split with Antigama and The Kill above. The track features vocals by Mitchell Luna of ex-Maruta fame.
Perdition will join Varix, Murderer and Sad Boys at Heaven Street Records TONIGHT (2/3). Door entry will cost you zilch and beers will cost you a dollar. Sounds like a winning night of furious, crusty punk to me.
Drainland will share a split 7" with Crows due on Suburban Mayhem Records. Stream the material from that release below.
One interesting and important footnote to the upcoming Behold the Arctopus show at Saint Vitus on Feb 24th... Support will come from Mindless Blasting and Geryon, two bands which feature Mick Barr with Nondor Nevai and Nick McMaster with Lev Weinstein respectively. Basically, a night of Krallice-related projects... should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.
No NYC dates, but Ringworm, Cancer Bats & Primitive are touring from Ohio to SXSW and then back to Ohio together. OFF! were also recently announced on the SXSW lineup.
Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost tickets went on sale earlier today.
Saturday's Ceremony, Pissed Jeans, The Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc, Gods and Queens show @ Le Poisson Rouge is now sold out.
Converge announced a tour.
YOB recently visited NJ with Tool. Right before that, they headlined their own show in Chicago with Anatomy of Habit and an opening set by YOB's Mike Scheidt who is going to release a solo album this year on Thrill Jockey. BV Chicago has pics from the Chicago show.
A list of suggested NYC shows with song streams, the "Beaten & Left Blind" video by Landmine Marathon, and a set of European SUNN O))) tour dates, below...
"He couldn't get through an entire set without fucking up once," Despise You's Chris Elder quipped while looking at Phil Vera before the final song of the Despise You set at Shea Stadium last night (9/11). It was a minor speedbump in an otherwise excellent set from the band and a stark contrast from Phil Vera's appearance with Crom in NYC in 2008. At that show, the protagonist and his cohorts were so obliterated, they barely got through a single song. Both were beyond entertaining albeit in entirely different ways. Ancient history aside, Despise You made recent history with their first-ever NYC appearance at Shea Stadium, blasting through a mix of classics and material from their recent split with Agoraphobic Nosebleed.
Sunday night's bill was completely dedicated to speed-arts in varying levels of popularity and venom. Despise you's tour-mates Magrudergrind and Defeatist represent the two ends of the grind spectrum, with the former being the most talked about and the latter being one of the most underrated. Both bands delivered excellent sets with the room at 1/2 - 2/3 capacity by the time Defeatist opened the show, and a moshing, crowd-surfing crowd by the time Magrudergrind hit the stage for their set (greeted, appropriately, by side one of Mobb Deep's The Infamous LP). Backslider and The Communion filled out the remainder of the bill.
More pictures from the show and all Despise You/Magrudergrind tour dates are also below...
Indian at Union Pool (more by BBG)
After killing Union Pool in June with Bloodiest and Hallux, Indian will return to NYC on 9/23 to play Public Assembly with Batillus, Castevet, and Alkahest as part of the latter's record release celebration for Milk & Morphine.
Meanwhile, Castevet will play Saint Vitus tonight (8/5) as part of a bill with The Communion and Artificial Brain, a show that originally included Oregon's Transient who has since dropped off:
On Saturday, while driving to Savannah, Georgia, local grindcore band Transient was involved in a head on accident when a SUV jumped the median and crashed into the band's van. Singer Krysta Martinez was airlifted to a local hospital but should be fine following surgery. The band is currently stranded in Georgia with a totaled van (plus a mountain of medical bills), so they are accepting donations via PayPal. -[Portland Mercury]The show will now serve as a benefit for the band, so get out and check out good bands for a good cause.
In somewhat related news, Will from Indian served as second guitarist for Wolves In The Throne Room who will hit the road for a string of dates that will include The Bell House on Sept 12th with Thou. Tickets are still on sale.
As previously discussed, Despise You will embark on their first ever East Coast tour with Magrudergrind, hitting nine cities with their unrelenting powerviolence attack. The tour will include a stop in Brooklyn at Shea Stadium on 9/11 with Chainsaw To The Face, The Communion, and Defeatist (thats a lineup). Full tour schedule is below.
Despise You and Magrudergrind are also scheduled to play the California Discord Festival in Los Angeles on September 24th and 25th, where they will team with Rattus (in their first US show and last show ever), Dropdead, Ghoul, Mange, Lack of Interest, and many more notables. Full festival listing is below, and tickets are still available.
Despise You and Agoraphobic Nosebleed released a split on Relapse earlier this year.
All tour dates and show flyers are below.
words and photos by Ilya Blokh
Ingrowing at The Charleston
Friday marked the beginning of pre-MDF madness in NYC, with 15+ metal shows in the next week. Picking my battles carefully, I figured the grindcore massacre at the Charleston was a good place to start: Buckshot Facelift, Backslider, The Communion, Ingrowing and Flourishing.
Buckshot started off strong with their porn-grind blast and songs like "Giving Acid to a Gorilla That Knows Sign Language". Backslider quickly replaced them for an equally short set of guitar and drum powerviolence, with each song around 30 seconds at best.
This was my first time seeing The Communion (who are changing their name to Kanalbrigade), but count me converted - their filthy grind/crust/sludge mix should go over well at MDF, although it's a shame they're playing so early on Friday (3:30). This has obviously been a hard month for the band, so it's good to see them soldier on. They'll be back in Brooklyn for two shows with Bastard Noise (6/26 @ Cake Shop, 6/28 @ Death by Audio), where they'll collaborate with Blood of a Zombie: "to create a grind/noise big band befitting such an event. This will be a more experimental chaotic performance, bridging the gap between THE COMMUNION and KANALBRIGADE, our next phase."
Czech deathgrind bastards Ingrowing played a furious, but groovy set, proving that music (and not English) is the universal language; I have absolutely no idea what the singer said between songs. Catch them again on Wednesday, 5/26 at Fontana's (with the almighty Gorod! + Demilitia, Jesus Crost and Rompeprop) and hopefully the crowd will be a bit more lively. They play MDF on Saturday.
Flourishing closed things out with their trademark disharmonic intensity, the sonic equivalent of grinding your teeth til your gums bleed. The manic guitar and and drums obliterate any possible groove every few seconds, leaving no room to breathe, let alone mosh or headbang. Unforgiving. They'll be at Lit on June 7th with Castevet, Woe and Batillus.
Some more pictures from the show below...
Magrudergrind at Scion Rock Fest (more by Christopher Mumma)
This weekend begins the onslaught of pre-Maryland Death Fest and Chaos in Tejas madness, in addition to ongoing general NYC metal-insanity. And for those of you who are looking to take it the hard way (i.e. go to 10 shows instead of one looong one) there are tons of chances to check out some interesting young bands in heavy music. We talked about quite a few shows on the way already, including the FREE and ALL AGES Trash Talk show TONIGHT (5/21) at Acheron.
Czech death-grinders Ingrowing (their second NYC show in a week) will play The Charleston TONIGHT (5/21), and it's a rager. Featuring Buckshot Facelift, Flourishing, Backslider, the show also marks the return of The Communion, who will soldier on in the wake of the loss of guitarist Lee Altomare:
...after all this, we will be hunkering down and working on new material. we will also be operating under a different name. Lee and I always said that if the Communion ever did a full length, we would call it Kanalbrigade. so as a tribute to Lee, we will be known as KANALBRIGADE. add us on Myspace. also FacebookOrphan, Dope Body, Child Abuse will terrorize Union Pool TONIGHT (5/21) as well, with the latter playing a show shortly after the release of their new LP.
Zona will host Beau Finley, DBCR, Something About Death or Dying (which includes members of Chambers, The Gaslight Anthem and Spiro Agnew) and Paranoid Critical Revolution for it's monthly shindig at Zona. The Public Assembly show kicks off on Sunday (5/23) at 8PM.
That same night at the Charleston, Tyrhombus Rex will team up with Richmond's Balaclava (who have a killer new release on Forcefield), Elks (who are playing with Cough at Cake Shop) and Mortals for a show at the Charleston.
In other news, Sodom has cancelled their US tour, which affects all US dates including 5/26 in Hollywood, MDF on 5/29, and NYC on 5/28:
"Due to solid problems with our local tour promoter and getting our Visa in time, we are forced to cancel the upcoming shows.... We are deeply disappointed by this situation, but in the end there's the awareness, that not everything is done to our entire satisfaction... We owe this to our fans, even more because we made ourselves scarce in the US since the foundation of this band, of course through no fault of our own... We surely will catch up on these shows as soon as possible, which we especially owe to our fans."As previously mentioned, Europa will host not only the Inquisition show on Sunday (5/23) but also the whopper of a show in Verbal Abuse, Capitalist Casualties, Fang, and Magrudergrind on Saturday (5/22). Want to go to Verbal Abuse? I have THREE pairs of tickets available to giveaway. Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post. The VA show will take place at the same time that Municipal Waste is packing out Fontana's across town.
Some videos and details on the upcoming MADNESS (AKA a list of shows) are below...
The Bastard Noise at MHOW (more by Lori Baily)
As previously discussed, The Bastard Noise are playing a NYC show at Cake Shop with Anal Cunt on June 26th as part of a June campaign following their appearance at Chaos in Tejas. As also previously mentioned, a second NYC date seems to be scheduled for June 28th. No venue announced yet for that, and no word yet on what the band's live lineup will be on the east coast, though Chaos In Tejas's lineup is confirmed to be Wood, Connell and Nelson.
The NYC shows are dedicated to Lee Altomare, who recently passed on after complications during surgery, and whose band The Communion are scheduled to open both of them:
WE ARE DEDICATING OUR NEW YORK CITY SHOWS IN JUNE TO OUR FALLEN BROTHER LEE ALTOMARE(R.I.P.)AND HIS BAND THE COMMUNION - WE REALIZE HIS DEAR FAMILY AND BANDMATES ARE DEALING WITH THE UNTHINKABLE AS WE ALL ARE. FOR ME(WOOD), LEE WAS A TRUE BROTHER AND REAL SUPPORTER AND SO PASSIONATE ABOUT MUSIC AND LIFE IN GENERAL. HE MADE ME FEEL LIKE I HAD KNOW HIM ALL MY LIFE AFTER ONLY KNOWING HIM DAYS. BROTHER, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED AND NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. CONNELL/NELSON/WOOD - THE BASTARD NOISEThe future of the Communion is still unknown, though all dates are still listed at their MySpace.
As previously discussed, the alter ego of The Bastard Noise, Man Is The Bastard, have unearthed unreleased tracks intended for releases with Spazz and Despise You from twelve years ago.
Full tour dates and some videos are below...
Lee Altomare of The Communion: 1976 - 2010
on April 16th 2010, Lee Altomare passed away due to complications from eye surgery.So tragic. R.I.P. Lee.
We are all deeply wounded, white and shaking with shock, by this sudden loss of our great friend. He brought us all together. He brought out the best in us, enabled and encouraged us to be at our absolute best in music and life. I personally cannot imagine being where i am today without all Lee put together.
I say all this with zero hyperbole, and those who knew him best no doubt feel the same way we do at this moment. Our hearts go out to his amazing family and all his friends, as well as anyone whose supported us in the last 6 years. Know that Lee loved, appreciated, and cared about all of you very much, as do we.
we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and condolences from everyone. We all truly appreciate it.
like already said, we're going to miss him greatly. there's really nothing more i can say than that. he was our best friend, and we'll miss making music with him, but more than that we're going to miss just chilling with him, complaining about the state of everything, ogling young ladies, and making fun of people with him.
we'll'll be sure to keep everyone updated on everything that happens. anything that we decide to do will be with Lee in mind, and probably always will be.
take care everyone.
Lee, We'll miss you forever.
- Nick, Billy, Jimmy, Joe - The Communion. - The Communion
We didn't know Lee personally, but we definitely knew his face, not just from the band, but also from being a regular at NYC shows. BBG saw him all the time. Unearthly Trance posted a statement on Lee's passing, and a new song:
by Black Bubblegum
Brutal Truth @ Maryland Deathfest 2007
Maryland Deathfest's belligerent younger sibling, Auditory Assault Fest, takes place THIS WEEKEND in Brooklyn on May 16th and 17th At Europa. Tickets are still available in daily and two day pass increments.
AAF set times and poster below...