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The Gates of Slumber at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)

In incredibly sad news, it's being reported that Jason McCash, former bassist for doom greats The Gates of Slumber, has passed away. He was 37.

McCash had initially left the band this past September, and they called it quits soon after. The band write on Facebook:

My best friend died last night. There will be no reunion - no more of TGoS. It's dead beyond dead, and I've lost a brother.

Please be respectful or silent. It's a small world and I'm still alive. Remember that shit.

No cause of death has been reported at this time.

Rest in peace, Jason. You'll live on through your music.

Watch some Gates of Slumber videos below...

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by Doug Moore

The Gates of Slumber at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Caroline Harrison)
The Gates of Slumber

When I last wrote about The Gates of Slumber here, I mentioned that they virtually never stop touring. The relentless tour schedule has evidently taken its toll; after bassist Josh McCash announced his departure late in the week last week, frontman Karl Simon dissolved the band over the weekend.

The Gates of Slumber were supposed to go on a tour with Church of Misery that hits NYC on November 12 at Saint Vitus with Against The Grain (tickets). They're still listed on the Saint Vitus show at the moment, but stay tuned for official word on whether or not they're canceling.

Stream some Gates of Slumber below for old times' sake.

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Inter Arma at Invisible Oranges SXSW 2013 day party (more by Greg Cristman)
Inter Arma

After part of the docket was revealed last week, Scion Rock Fest have announced the entirety of their 2013 lineup which happens in Memphis Tennessee on June 1. Testament and Melvins claim the top slots, while additional bands announced for the fest are Municipal Waste, Whitechapel, The Obsessed (!), Corrosion of Conformity, The Casualties, Negative Approach, Pallbearer, Six Feet Under, Impaled, Vision of Disorder, Royal Thunder, Vektor, Arsis, A Life Once Lost, Touché Amoré, Code Orange Kids, The Gates of Slumber, Hot Lunch, Rotting Out, The Shrine, Ice Dragon, Call of the Void (who recently played NYC), Subrosa, Gigan, Anciients, Dirty Streets, Inter Arma, Complete Failure, Indian Handcrafts and Noisem.

SRF is free but RSVP (which opens on April 10) is required.

In related news, Inter Arma, who recently played the Invisible Oranges Day Party at The Jr (pictures HERE), have been announced, along with Sannhet, as support for the NYC date of the Intronaut tour, set for Saint Vitus on June 15. Tickets are on sale.

If you missed it, pictures from the official Invisible Oranges SXSW night showcase are available HERE, featuring shots of Pallbearer, John Baizley with Mel from Royal Thunder and Bruce Lamont, Mutilation Rites, Full of Hell, KEN Mode and Homewrecker.

Check out a video from Inter Arma's daytime set below...

Continue reading "full lineup for Scion Rock Fest announced; Inter Arma and Sannhet added to Intronaut's NYC show"

Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
Frightened Rabbit

SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.

photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore

Hammers of Misfortune at Saint Vitus - 7/23/12
Hammers of Misfortune

San Francisco's prog-metal powerhouse Hammers of Misfortune brought their tour to NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on Monday night (7/23). Indianapolis doomsters (and Hammers tour buddies) The Gates of Slumber provided direct support, while BK's Occultation opened the show.

Fittingly, Occultation play "occult rock"--the same curiously fashionable style observed by Ghost, Jex Thoth, The Devil's Blood, and so forth. In practice, "occult" means creepy-crawly, slightly proggy 70s rock that never delves too far into darkness. Guitarist Ed Miller, also of the black metal band Negative Plane, stole the show from Occultation's wooden frontwoman with his 'verbed-out lead playing.

The Gates of Slumber rarely cease touring. Road dogs make few mistakes, and TGoS typically execute their traditionalist doom metal impeccably. But even salty vets run into occasional problems, and The Gates' set was marred by minor difficulties--frontman Karl Simon suffered from a sore throat and a strangely muddy rhythm guitar sound. But their energy won out in the end; Simon slung gloriously loose solos with abandon, and drummer Bob Fouts held down the lumbering rhythms as only a big dude can.

Though I'm a big Hammers of Misfortune fan, I approached their set with some caution. Three vocalists, two guitars, a Hammond organ and a rhythm section can be a messy combination, especially given HoM's Byzantine compositions. But the sound at Vitus was pristine, and the band delivered a borderline-flawless performance that touched on each of their five albums. Relatively-new vocalist Joe Hutton deserves special props; he executed both his and his predecessors' material with aplomb.

Hammers of Misfortune and The Gates of Slumber will wrap up their brief tour shortly, so if you missed them at Saint Vitus, check them out on their remaining dates or live vicariously through the pictures, more of which are below.

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by Fred Pessaro /// BBG

Chrome Waves
Chrome Waves

Welcome to another edition of Evillive.

Bloodiest and Chrome Waves will team up to play an NYC show at Saint Vitus on August 17th with Vattnet Viskar and more TBA. Tickets are on sale. The show is the first NYC date for the black metal super crew, which contains current and former members of Nachtmystium, The Gates of Slumber, Wolvhammer, The Atlas Moth, Leviathan and more. That's right, you read correct... Jef Whitehead will be performing with the band. Chrome Waves released their new LP via Gravedancer Records earlier this summer.

Speaking of The Gates of Slumber, Profound Lore signees Occultation have been added to the previously discussed show with Hammers of Misfortune/The Gates of Slumber at Saint Vitus on July 23rd. Tickets are still available of you can win one of two pairs to this BrooklynVegan event! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.

Maryland Deathfest announced its official lineup earlier today.

Misery Index announced a tour.

The first of two American Nightmare shows goes down at Webster Hall tonight.

More suggested heavy NYC shows , the contest details and a flyer for that Hammers of Misfortune show, below...

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by BBG

Hammers of Misfortune

We are proud to announce our sponsorship of the upcoming Hammers of Misfortune/The Gates of Slumber East Coast/Midwest jaunt! The dates include a kick-off show in Chicago before looping to Saint Vitus for a July 23rd date. Tickets are on sale and support is still TBA.

The Hammers of Misfortune released their Metal Blade debut 17th Street last year. The band features John Cobbett and Sigrid Sheie, who are also members of the previously mentioned West Coast "supergroup" with Mike Scheidt (Yob, and solo artist) and Aesop Dekker (Agalloch, who is coming soon).

The Gates of Slumber recently played NYC supporting Church of Misery (pictures).

All tour dates are listed below along with the tour flyer..

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by BBG

Laura of Kylesa (more by Paul Birman)

Earlier I discussed my favorite LPs of the year, but why leave the fun to just one? I asked some of my favorite artists and promoters for their 2009 highlights. The responses were great. You already saw some of them. Justina listed some quotes, Liam Wilson talked about Philly, and Josh Graham listed good things about 2009. They continue below. You'll find lists of favorite songs and albums of the year, not to mention answers to crucial questions like:

  • What are Coalesce's favorite pizza toppings?
  • Which one of my top 20 artists of the year tried to get in a cab with Kirsten Dunst?
  • What is the #1 sauce/condiment of 2009?
Find out the answers to those questions and more, below...

Continue reading "The Year in Metal continued (BBG asked countless others to make lists... and here they all are)"

Baroness @ Bowery Ballroom - 11/20/2009 (more by Tim Griffin)

BBG will publish his own list of the best metal albums of 2009, but in the meantime here's what Decibel Magazine had to say:

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by BBG

Bobby Leibling @ Webster Hall (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

Godfathers of doom Pentagram are getting on the road in January. A few select US dates, including a NYC show on Jan 17th 2010 in NYC at BB King's, have started popping up While that alone is enough to send doom fans' hearts-a-racin', it looks like the band is bringing one of the current greats of traditional doom, The Gates of Slumber, along for the ride! NYC tickets go on sale Saturday, 11/14 at 10am. All currently known dates below.

The show marks the second appearance for Pentagram in a year, with their last NYC appearance taking place at Webster Hall in March of 2009 with Priestess and The Devil's Blood. The Gates Of Slumber also recently played NYC, in August they decimated the Studio at Webster Hall with Zoroaster and Serpentcult.

The Gates of Slumber was also recently added to the killer lineup at Roadburn 2010.

All known dates as well as a few videos are below...

Continue reading "Pentagram touring w/ The Gates of Slumber (2010 dates)"

words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Justina Villanueva

DOWNLOAD: The Gates Of Slumber - "The Bringer of War" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zoroaster - "White Dwarf" featuring Brent Hinds of Mastodon (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Serpentcult - "The Weight Of Light" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zoroaster - "Brazen Bull" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Zoroaster - "Bullwhip" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Gates of Slumber - "Ice Worm" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Gates of Slumber - "Trapped In The Web" (MP3)


"North America is", or rather WAS, "Doomed" when the tour of the same name rolled on through NYC, hitting Studio at Webster Hall on August 9th. Packed with the mind-melting lineup of Zoroaster, The Gates of Slumber, and Serpentcult, the trio are closing up the final days of the campaign. Zoroaster and The Gates of Slumber will meet again in the very near future though, as part of the Planet Caravan Fstival in North Carolina along with a veritable all-star line up of doom heavyweights.

The Gates of Slumber's new LP, Hymns Of Blood & Thunder is due on 9/29/09 via the mighty Rise Above Records. Dig on the tracklisting below and the first taste of the LP, "The Bringer Of War", above!

Zoroaster are also scheduled to join Gojira and Burst for a few dates surrounding Gojira's appearance on the Metallica tour. Those dates include Music Hall of Williamsburg on 9/21 (tickets here). The tour is part of Burst's farewell tour (which is also their first US tour).

Following Zoroaster's US dates, the Atlanta band will hit Europe for a gang of dates with Absu, Nachtmystium, and Razor of Occam. To the outsider, this may seem like an odd match for Zoroaster (three bands of black metal descent, and Zoroaster, who are clearly more in the doom vein) unless you keep in mind that Black Judd of Nachtmystium issued Zoroaster's first LP and EP via his Battle Kommand imprint.

More pictures from the Studio show, and all dates, below...Pictures and dates below...

Continue reading "Gates of Slumber & Zoroaster - Studio pics, MP3s, tour dates"

by Black Bubblebgum

sunn o))) @ Knitting Factory (more by Damien Neva)

Ya hear that rumble? Thats the sound of great records perched in the distance waiting to descend on 2009 (more on that later). While this year will bring about great music and another set of "next big things", let's take the time to be thankful for 2008 and all of it's memorable records and shows. Here are my favorite records of 2008:

Continue reading "the year in Metal (Best of 2008, what's coming in 2009)"

DOWNLOAD: Cynic - "Integral Birth" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Darkthrone - "Hiking Metal Punks" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Architect - Death & Taxes (Rough Mix) (MP3)


We kick things off with the reunited prog-death of Cynic and their new record, Traced In Air, due on Season of Mist on Oct 28th. Traced In Air is Cynic's first album in 15 years, since the release of the now cult classic Focus. Comprised of founders Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert, both members of the legendary Human-era Death members, "Integral Birth" (downloadable above) is the first song to emerge from Traced In Air. Metalkult has posted a pretty extensive interview with Paul of Cynic.

Darkthrone have posted a new song from their upcoming album Dark Thrones and Black Flags, due Oct 20th on Peaceville. The record will be released on three formats: a regular edition in jewel case, a vinyl edition, and a special edition in a slipcased jewel case package with exclusive new video footage. Check out "Hiking Metal Punks" available for download above and head on over to their mini-site to stream two others!

Keelhaul have announced a handful of midwest & southern dates, though no NYC dates so far. The band is currently working on new material for a new record, the follow up to 2006's massive Subject To Change Without Notice, "and quite possibly a dvd". No word as to the details of when that record would emerge but when pressed, the band offered that they "are old & slow".

YOB, who recently reformed, have signed to Profound Lore and added a new bass player Aaron Reiseberg.


Doomriders & Disfear will team up for a split seven-inch available via Deathwish Records. A "Tour Edition" of the split will be available from the bands during their upcoming European tour with SSS, but the rest of us will have to wait for the preorder. Doomriders have a new album due next year.

As we discussed before, Neurosis is curating the "Beyond The Pale" event at Roadburn 2009, and last week they announced four of those bands... The Young Gods, Guapo, Akimbo, and US Christmas.

The Roadburn Flyer, Brutal Truth, The Gates Of Slumber, Gojira, YOB, and more as The Week In Metal continues....

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (10/09/08)"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Opeth - "Lotus Eater" (edit) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Gates Of Slumber - Ice Worm (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Gates Of Slumber - Trapped In The Web (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Leviathan - Made As The Stale Wine Of Wrath (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Lurker Of Chalice - I (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wold - Frost Crystal Symmetry (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ascend - Ample Fire Within (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Wolfbrigade - "Prowler" (MP3)

Intronaut Live in Barcelona, 2007 (buckyrocks)

New Century Media signees Intronaut will be back in town in August 8th at the Knitting Factory (on sale NOW), this time bringing Behold... The Arctopus and Mouth Of The Architect! Following up last year's excellent yet grab-baggy The Challenger sort-of-EP, the boys will head back into the studio in April to record a new LP. Mouth Of The Architect have a new album on the way as well, Quietly, and you can preview first single "Hate And Heartache" at the Translation Loss MySpace.

Speaking of Colin Marston, the new record for his black metal project with Mick Barr, Krallice, is in the can and is due in July via Profound Lore. Mick Barr's Ocrilim are on board to play a Todd P show opening for the mighty Thrones at Death By Audio on May 22nd. Thrones, aka Joe Preston of Melvins, High On Fire, and many other esteemed projects was spotted playing guitar with the mighty Harvey Milk at SXSW and WFMU has the whole thing available for download.


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