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photo: Tombs at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Metal festival Stardust returns for its fifth installment this June at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus from June 26-28. Night 1 has Taake, Fell Voices, Young and in the Way, Wolvhammer and Anicon; night 2 has Bethlehem, Tombs, Black Anvil, Inter Arma and Vorde; and night 3 has Bethlehem, Fell Voices, Svart Crown, Mutilation Rites and Anicon.

Individual tickets for night 1 are unfortunately already sold out, but three-day passes and tickets for night 2 and night 3 are on sale now.

photo: Portal at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
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Australian death metallers Portal are coming over to the US for Maryland Deathfest in May, and not long after that they'll play an MDF-presented NYC show on May 27 at Saint Vitus with MDF-mates and related band Impetuous Ritual, plus Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only other US date we're currently aware of.

Since we last spoke, there's been some lineup updates to MDF. The day-by-day schedules can be viewed below and they include new additions Gnaw Their Tongues (also playing Apex Fest at NYC's Trans-Pecos and California Deathfest) and Blood Red Throne. Those are in place of Dragged Into Sunlight and Metal Church, who both dropped off. Certain shows are sold out, but all available ticket options are HERE.

Continue reading "Portal playing NYC w/ Impetuous Ritual after Maryland Death Fest, which added Gnaw Their Tongues & Blood Red Throne"

photo: Om at LPR in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Al Cisnero (Sleep) and Emil Amos' (Grails, Holy Sons) band OM have a few dates coming up this year. They were part of today's initial NXNE lineup announcement, and also playing Santa Ana's Psycho California Festival (May 15-17) with Sleep, Pentagram (performing First Daze Here), Cult of Luna, Earth, Kylesa, Russian Circles, Eyehategod, Indian, Pallbearer, Old Man Gloom, Cave In, Tombs and more. Tickets for that fest are on sale, full lineup below.

RIght after NXNE, they'll stop in NYC for an Invisible Oranges-presented show at Saint Vitus on June 21. Other bands TBA, but tickets are on sale now.

Full tour schedule, a video, and the Psycho California lineup, below...

Continue reading "Om playing Brooklyn after NXNE (IO presents) + Psycho California w/ Sleep, Pentagram & many more"

Karyn Crisis

You may remember that last year Karyn Crisis (singer of the now-defunct NYC metal oddballs Crisis) launched a Kickstarter to fund an album with her new band Gospel of the Witches which also includes her husband Davide Tiso (of Ephel Duath), Immolation frontman Ross Dolan, Tombs frontman Mike Hill, and Vaura drummer Charlie Schmid. The album, titled Salem's Wounds, will be out March 10 via Century Media, and the first single "Mother" is out now. It's a six-minute epic that's as weird as you'd expect the singer of Crisis to sound, as you can hear below. Tracklist below too, and that's the artwork above.

Gospel of the Witches are on board for Legacy of the Witch: A Slutist Feminist Festival with Azar Swan (who also include a member of Vaura) and more. Slutist writes:

Whether explicitly identifying as witches or weaving neo-pagan aesthetics into their work, all the women involved in the fest embrace the witch archetype in unique ways. It was a thread we couldn't deny, and so we decided to go with it. Historically, women were branded as witches to police their sexuality and diminish their power in the same way that men (and women) today use the s-word to single out and punish women who challenge the patriarchal status quo. We hope to bring these parallel discourses to light over the course of the night.
Also on the lineup is Delphic Oracle, Chicava HoneyChild, The Reverend Mother Flash, Severely Mame, Minx Arcana and Pam Grossman. The fest happens March 29 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale.

Azar Swan's second album recently came out, and you can listen to that HERE.

Stream the new Karyn Crisis song below...

Continue reading "Karyn Crisis' Gospel of the Witches release song from new LP, playing Legacy of the Witch feminist fest w/ Azar Swan, more"

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Photo: Tombs @ Saint Vitus in December (more by Greg Cristman)

Tombs had a busy 2014, releasing their excellent LP Savage Gold and playing a ton of live shows, most recently opening for Yob. They've got more dates announced for 2015, including Maryland Deathfest, but before that they'll play a hometown show with another great local metal band, Black Anvil (who also put out a new record in 2014), at NYC's Acheron on January 30. Opening is Darkside NYC (the hardcore punk/metal band who added "NYC" on to their name, not the electronic band who got to stay just as "Darkside"). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Both Tombs and Black Anvil are also on board for the Netherlands' Roadburn Festival. All known dates are listed, with the flyer for the Acheron show and streams of their 2014 albums, below...

Continue reading "Tombs & Black Anvil playing shows, NYC together (dates)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Yob / Tombs
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Whatever they played, I'm sure I'd have been into it, but having watched them play full-album sets previously for The Great Cessation, 2005's The Unreal Never Lived and 2003's Catharsis, I'm glad to be able to put Clearing the Path to Ascend in that category as well. The four songs, "In Our Blood," the drum-led tempest "Nothing to Win" -- which Foster made look easy, in defiance of both logic and physics -- "Unmask the Spectre" and "Marrow" itself, were a worthy focal point, and the flow of the material was no less palpable live than it is listening to the album. Being faster and more aggressive, "Nothing to Win" got a particularly fervent response (myself included), but I don't think I was the only one appreciating what it meant to be watching "Marrow" and seeing YOB's most progressive moment to date come to life right there on the stage. To call it powerful would be understatement. [The Obelisk]
Oregon doom titans Yob, who released the stellar Clearing the Path to Ascend earlier this year (which has been landing on quite a few year end lists), just played a two-night stand in NYC at Saint Vitus over the weekend (12/12-13). The first night was with local crushers Tombs and Kings Destroy, and the second night was with Occultation and Ecstatic Vision. We caught the first night, and pictures of that one are in this post.

Yob live is a sight to behold. The band brings more musical dexterity to the table than your average doom band, and they're able to move effortlessly between the often-contrasting sections of their epic, generally 10+ minute songs. They played Clearing the Path to Ascend, which is probably their most tonally varied record to date, in full. Meanwhile this was a well-curated bill, with the genre-melding fury of Tombs, who are always worth catching live, and who's Savage Gold is also among the best heavy releases of the year, and the groovy sludge of Kings Destroy providing uncompromising compliments to Yob.

Check out more pictures, along with setlists, below...

Continue reading "Yob played 2 Saint Vitus shows (pics & setlists of night 1 with Tombs and King Destroy)"

Decibel

Metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2014 list in their newest issue, which you can check out in more detail if you're a subscriber. And thanks to Stereogum who transcribed it, you can also browse the full thing below. Though Decibel have tended to lean towards veterans for their top spot, a much newer band takes the #1 album this year. And if you're into modern metal, their choice is pretty hard to argue. Those big veteran comeback albums show up soon after though, with At the Gates taking #2 and Godflesh coming in at #5. There's plenty more on there too -- see for yourself below.

At the Gates, related band Vallenfyre (#8 on this list), and 2012 winners Converge will head out on the 2015 Decibel tour next year. As discussed, that hits NYC on April 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that one are still available.

Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014 below...

Continue reading "Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2014"

YOB at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Doom masters YOB put out the killer new Clearing the Path to Ascend earlier this year and they'll wrap up 2014 with a two-night stand at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on December 12 & 13, presented by Pitchfork. Both nights have great openers. The first night is the crushing Tombs (who just wrapped up a two-night stand at Vitus on their tour with Pallbearer) and Kings Destroy (who's tour with Pentagram hits NYC this weekend). Then the second night it's NYC's witchy Occultation and the psychedelic recent Relapse signees Ecstatic Vision (who also played night 2 of that Pallbearer/Tombs run). Tickets for night 1 and night 2 are on sale now.

YOB's only other date that we're currently aware of is Maryland Deathfest 2015. Stream a track from the new YOB LP with the Vitus flyer, below...

Continue reading "YOB announce 2 nights at Saint Vitus w/ Tombs, Occultation, Kings Destroy & Ecstatic Vision"

FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Nites lineup announced (Meat Puppets, The Jazz June, TPOBPAH, Power Trip, Single Mothers, Le1f, more)"

by Ian Chainey

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Philadelphia's Ecstatic Vision have signed to Relapse Records and will release their debut near the beginning of 2015. With that, let's get the ex-band stuff out of the way: Doug Sabolick (guitars/vocals) and Jordan Crouse (drums) both played with metalcore groovers A Life Once Lost. However, on the surface, Ecstatic Vision are hardly a continuation of that band's subtly chameleonic sound. Instead, the new quartet filled out by bassist Michael Field Connor and percussionist Muffinman trip into a void swirling with the fuzzy psych of the early '70s work of bands like Amon Düül and Agitation Free, just if they were flavored with African rhythms. Granted, that reads like a stretch -- as if a random purchase of African Scream Contest was the catalyst for a shift away from metal -- but it grows on you, mainly by using the same trance-like effect of A Life Once Lost's underappreciated last album with a better-suited set of timbres. Says Sabolick of their status and sound:

We are currently recording our debut album at various studios around Philly. The album is a great mix of trance inducing primitive African tribal meets heavy psych a la Hawkwind. We are stoked to be working hand in hand with Relapse to bring this unique album to fruition and bring our brand of heavy psych to the masses.
You can hear a track from the band's 2013 demo and watch a live video below.

In addition to the signing and the new album, Ecstatic Vision also have a number of live dates set up, including opening for Pallbearer, Tombs and Vattnet Viskar on October 28 at NYC's Saint Vitus, the second of two shows there on their tour. That show is now sold out.

All Ecstatic Vision dates are listed, with the 2013 demo and live video, below...

Continue reading "Ecstatic Vision signed to Relapse, playing shows, opening for Pallbearer & Tombs in NYC (dates, demo stream, live video)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Tombs at Saint Vitus in July (more by Greg Cristman)

Maryland Deathfest is getting a little more New Yawk with the late addition of NY old-school death metal band Suffocation and Skinless and Brooklyn's own post-metal greats Tombs. Suffocation and Tombs will be playing will be playing the Edison Lot, and Skinless will be playing the 5/21 Ottobar show. MDF announced their third and supposedly final round of bands for the 2015 installation earlier in the week, a bunch that included Yob, Amorphis, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and more.

Tombs and Suffocation will be touring this coming Fall, Tombs with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar (who are also playing MDF). That tour hits Saint Vitus on 10/27 and 10/28. The show on the 27th is sold out, but tickets are still available for the show on the 28th. Suffocation, meanwhile, will be headlining the "Carnival of Death" tour with Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, and Internal Bleeding. That tour starts off at the Gramercy Theatre on October 3. Tickets are on sale.

All dates and updated MDF lineup below...

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest adds a few more bands"

By Ian Chainey

At the Gates
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So, as Tomas Lindberg made clear at this year's MDF, this At the Gates thing is actually happening. At War With Reality, the melodeath band's first album since 1995's Slaughter of the Soul, is set for an October 28 release date through Century Media Records. Good to know they're not fossils.

Speaking of classics, Death's Spiritual Healing is getting re-done by Relapse. The deluxe edition will come on LP or CD and it's available for preorder now. You can also catch Death to All -- the tribute act manned by ex-members -- on the road soon. Check out a trailer for the reissue below. IN A WORLD WHERE WAVEFORM PEAKS AND VALLEYS ARE SCRUTINIZED. . .

The slightly younger Bat signed to Hells Headbangers for their debut LP. The band will also be dropping a 7" titled Cruel Discipline, too. The speed metallers featuring links to Municipal Waste, D.R.I., and Volture are getting in the van soon, starting things off by checking into NYC's The Acheron on August 22.

Cigwar

GWAR hit MetalSucks' podcast and said new characters are coming, thus ensuring GWAR are the viscera-soaked metal version of Menudo or something. They're also blazing new merchandise options with a GWAR cigar named, wait for it, a Cigwar. I'm all for blunt names. Hey-yo. GWAR-B-Q starts today (8/15).

Speaking of GWAR, one of the clubs they played a lot back in the day was City Gardens in Trenton, which is the subject of a new documentary called "Riot on the Dance Floor". BrooklynVegan is proud to present the NYC premiere of that doc along with a Q&A afterwards with the director, John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Howie Abrams (In-Effect Records, etc) and more. Tickets are still available.

Lastly, Metallica, er, Mastodon's Brent Hinds was. . . interviewed. . . I think. Mastodon also updated their upcoming North American tour dates. You can find both below, and an interview we did with Bill Kelliher at Invisible Oranges.

Don't forget to keep up with the rest of BrooklynVegan's metal coverage during the week.

Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions that are streamable below.

Let's hit the flicks first: Windhand now have a video for "Orchard." They'll also be touring soon, including a stop on September 20 at NYC's Saint Vitus.

And band of many interests Tombs have a moving picture for "Seance." They'll hit the road again in October and will swing into Saint Vitus on October 27. You can check out the videos below.

As for the streams, the Iron Lung-related Pig Heart Transplant are offering two tracks from For Mass Consumption (September 2, 20 Buck Spin).

Trad doomers Cardinals Folly have premiered another from Out Cult Continues! at The Obelisk (August 19, Shadow Kingdom Records - preorder). Invisible Oranges debuted the initial transmission last month.

The drone project BLACKWOLFGOAT, from the mind of Black Pyramid/Milligram member Darryl Shepard, dropped "Notausgang" from Drone Maintenance (August 26, Small Stone Recordings).

Num Skull have another peak available from their Relapse remaster of the lost thrash classic Ritually Abused (September 16, Relapse - preorder).

Denton, Texas weirdos Bludded Head plopped out "Shitsucker Blues" off of Reign in Bludd (October 6, Sleeping Giant Glossolalia).

And finally, blasters 1349 covered Voivod for the always-fun Decibel flexi series. Aside from Cardinals Folly and 1349, you can hear all of the streams below.

Got it? Good. To NYC shows we go:

TODAY (8/15): Punk rock that's as heavy as metal: Jungbluth, Centuries, Hexis, Plebian Grandstand, and Reproacher will shake The Acheron (tickets).

SATURDAY (8/16): Blackened thrash nuts Ketzer are making the trip over from Germany for the first time. They'll be joined by Natur, Throaat, and Occult Burial at Saint Vitus (tickets). If you're still in a punk frame of mind, The Acheron has ZEX, Process, Vermin, Symptom, and Heathen (tickets).

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

Let's talk IO: As we have a compulsion to do, we rounded up the week's new releases with Upcoming Metal Releases. (Hint: Check out the punk section of Things We Missed.)

We put on our best presenter attire with a number of upcoming shows and tours: Virus at Saint Vitus, Old Wounds and Exalt on tour, and KEN mode at Saint Vitus. KEN mode tickets are finally on sale.

We also took on the task as the integrator, asking Qs and getting As from Lee Dorrian and Pallbearer.

We took a deeper look at blackened buzzer Panopticon.

And we debuted death metal standout Diskord.

Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: At the Gates, Mastodon, Death, GWAR, Windhand, Tombs, KEN mode, Bat, Bludded Head and more"

by Ian Chainey

Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Foundations of Burden, the highly anticipated sophomore LP from doomers Pallbearer hit Pitchfork Advance this week. The six-track, nearly 55 minute album continues on in the spirit of Sorrow and Extinction with melancholic leads, redwood-thick riffs, and sorrowful singing. If there's a shift, it's slightly more progressive songwriting that gives their epics a knottier quality. The album will be out via Profound Lore Records on August 19 and it's available for preorder now.

Update: You can now stream it below via bandcamp.

In addition to their album and their Euro tour with YOB, they have a previously discussed stateside run with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar which was recently expanded. After their now-sold-out show happenning at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on October 27, they'll hit the same venue again on October 28. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (8/12) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Pallbearer streaming new LP, add 2nd Saint Vitus show to tour with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar (updated dates)"

photos & videos by Greg Cristman, more videos by Pit Full of Shit

Tombs @ Saint Vitus - 7/25/14
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Local sludge rippers Tombs celebrated the release of their new LP, Savage Gold, at Saint Vitus on Friday night (7/25), and we've got pictures and videos of the show in this post. They were joined by death/math freakout Relapse labelmates Pyrrhon, as well as Batillus-related industrialist StatiqBloom and sludge heavies Passage Between. It was an absolutely loaded bill. Anyone try Tombs' new Savage Gold beer that Vitus had flowing at the bar for the night?

Tombs will be back at Saint Vitus in October as part of their tour with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar. Pyrrhon will also be back in August with Gigan and Artificial Brain.

Below, check out more pictures from the Friday show as well as those videos, including the entirety of the Tombs set.

Continue reading "Tombs celebrated their new LP & beer at Saint Vitus with Pyrrhon, StatiqBloom & Passage Between (pics & videos)"

by Ian Chainey

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Modern metal renaissance man Mike Hill of Tombs is getting into the beverage game. First, he has a beer on tap brewed by Tired Hands Brewing Company in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. He's calling it the Savage Gold beer, most likely in reference to Tombs' recently released Savage Gold on Relapse, and not a tribute to a death scene in Goldfinger. Says the press release:

The Savage Gold beer is an imminently refreshing and crushable IPA. Brewed with red wheat and oats. Hopped intensely and aggressively with Nelson Sauvin and Hallertau Blanc. Enormous notes of white grape, green pepper, mango, and marijuana.
Has notes of a Jamba Juice in Colorado. Got it. Tired Hands will also be hosting a beer launch today (7/18) where you can win copies of Savage Gold.

Now, for the dark stuff. Hill has started a premium coffee company named, you guessed it, Savage Gold Coffee.

The first roast, Savage Gold Prime, is an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee bean grown between 6,000 and 6,500 feet above sea level. It is an aromatic and dynamic coffee roasted to perfection with a large flavor profile. It is sourced from a co op of Ethiopian farmers and is 100% Fair Trade, certified organic and wet (mechanically) processed.
Wet processed. Naughty.

I had the chance to interview Hill in the days before Savage Gold was released. As his Invisible Oranges contributions attest, the guy is whip smart and a straight-shooter. Plus, he has great taste in show lineups. On July 25, Tombs will play a record release show at NYC's Saint Vitus with a little band named Pyrrhon, along with StatiqBloom and Passage Between. Tickets are still available, and so will be a keg of Savage Gold at the show. Then in October, Tombs will hit the road with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar, swinging back around to Saint Vitus on October 27. Tickets for that show are also still available. The rest of the current tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "TOMBS releasing a beer to go with their new album and Mike Hill's coffee company"

by Wyatt Marshall

Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

In what looks to be the metal press darling tour of the fall, Pallbearer, Tombs and Vattnet Viskar are teaming up for a North American run that kicks off on October 17 in Nashville. The tour hits New York on October 27 at Saint Vitus--tickets go on sale on Friday (7/11) at noon. If you want to see Pallbearer and your city isn't on this list, don't despair--Pallbearer is finalizing the details of a second tour leg that will take place in places "West of Little Rock." It's unclear if that tour will include Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. As part of their currently planned run, Pallbearer (just PB) will also be playing Fun Fun Fun Fest. All announced dates are listed below.

After a tape demo, Pallbearer stormed onto the metal scene with 2012's massive and great Sorrow and Extinction, a release that, for a lot of people, (re)kindled an interest in doom. The band's followup, Foundations Of Burden, is out on August 19 on Profound Lore Records. You can stream a track at NPR.

Brooklyn's Tombs put out the excellent Savage Gold a few weeks back (stream a track, read an interview and review at Invisible Oranges) and, if past experience is to judge, will be great live. They'll be in NYC way before the tour with Pallbearer to celebrate the new LP with a release show at Saint Vitus (7/25) with Pyrhhon, Statiqbloom and Passage Between. Tickets for that show are still available. Their tour also hits Richmond's Fall Line Fest.

As mentioned, New Hampshire black metal band Vattnet Viskar, who have toured regularly since 2013's Sky Swallower, will also be in NYC before the Pallbearer tour on their tour with the awesome Silver Snakes. That hits NYC on 7/21 at the Acheron with No Way and Twin Strike (tickets).

Pallbearer will be on a previously discussed tour in Europe with the mighty doom band Yob before their tour with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Pallbearer announce tour with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar, who both also play NYC this month (dates)"

Fall Line Fest

Richmond's Fall Line Fest is returning for its second year on September 5 & 6 across various Richmond, Virginia venues. Like last year, there's a solid, diverse lineup of artists playing including Real Estate, The Hold Steady, Death, Matthew E. White, Fairweather, Tombs, Protomartyr, Priests, Potty Mouth, Tiny Moving Parts and many others. The full lineup as it stands is listed below, and there's still a few more TBA. In addition to the music, there will also be art events and food events, like the Fall Line Brunch Fest on 9/6 at The Broadberry from 11 AM to 2 PM.

TIckets for the festival are on sale now. Individual show tickets won't be sold. Lineup below...

Continue reading "Fall Line Fest 2014 lineup (Real Estate, The Hold Steady, Death, Fairweather, Tombs, Protomartyr, Priests, & more)"

by Ian Chainey

Tombs at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Di Lynn Ring)
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Post-metallers Tombs recently released Savage Gold on Relapse and the Brooklyn-based band is heading home to celebrate. Tombs will be joined by the death metal mind-expanders Pyrrhon, the industrial/EBM of StatiqBloom, and the sludgy/noise rockers Passage Between at Saint Vitus on July 25 for a record release show. Tickets are available now.

All the involved bands have been busy. In addition to Savage Gold, Tombs are currently wrapping up their West Coast tour with Pelican. Pyrrhon just played a Northside gig and will be hitting Obnoxious Noise Fest in August with Malignancy, Mutilation Rites, Artificial Brain, and more. StatiqBloom -- who recently supported Vulgar Fashion -- play a Rituals presented showcase with VoidVision and Phemale Friday (6/20) at Coco 66 in Greenpoint. Tickets are $10 at the door. And Maryland's Passage Between are currently working on their debut full-length.

Stream Savage Gold, along with tracks from the other bands below...

Continue reading "Tombs celebrating 'Savage Gold' at Saint Vitus with Pyrrhon and Statiqbloom (who play Coco 66 this week)"

by Ian Chainey

Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Two colossal crushers have new things on the way. First up is Little Rock's Pallbearer, a classic doomer not afraid to evoke emotions. They recently announced a tour with Deafheaven and Wreck and Reference. Now we get the details on the upcoming album. It's titled Foundations Of Burden and the cover art by Anitmetalphysical (Sean Reynolds Williams) is a gorgeous trip, complete with a possible nod to Rush's Hemispheres. That or something out of a Gary Gygax dream. Nice work on the natural 20 creativity roll, Sean. The record will be available via Profound Lore on August 19. Fun fact: Pallbearer's debut, Sorrow and Extinction, is the second best selling Profound Lore title. Owner/operator Chris Bruni passed along that nugget and more when Invisible Oranges picked his brain in honor of PFL's 10th anniversary.

The other hefty full-length on the horizon is Tombs' Savage Gold. The bleak beast is now streaming in full at Pitchfork and it's as expansive as expected. I recently had a chance to chat with Mike Hill, Tombs' frontman, and he's got an interesting perspective when it comes to music:

"I don't like to blame other people for my failures. If I fuck up, it's my own fault. If something goes wrong, I have to analyze what decisions I've made to put me in that consciousness. A number of years ago I had someone in my life that was always looking outward with respects to the hardships he was experiencing. It was always someone else's fault, never his. I feel like we are all responsible for our own destinies."
You can check out the full interview on IO. You can grab Savage Gold on Tuesday (6/10) through Relapse (preorder).

Find the cover art and tracklisting for Foundations of Burden below.

Continue reading "Pallbearer announce new album, 'Foundations Of Burden'; Tombs streaming 'Savage Gold' in full"

by Ian Chainey

Serpentine Path

Relapse Records is rolling right now. Yesterday, the Pennsylvania located label dropped two of the most anticipated releases of the year, Serpentine Path's Emanations and Black Anvil's Hail Death. That would be a crowning achievement for most metal album dealers, but Relapse isn't done. Up next on the docket? Tombs' Savage Gold on June 10. That's a haul and a half, right? We'll wait while you grab your weight belt.

Serpentine Path is an NYC superdoomer. When the cultly adored Unearthly Trance broke-up, bassist Jay Newman, drummer Darren Verni, and singer Ryan Lipynsky kept things slithering slowly with ex-Electric Wizard/-Ramesses member Tim Bagshaw. The quartet expanded into a five-piece after their 2012 eponymous debut, adding Stephen Flam of Winter as a second set of six strings. (Winter's Into Darkness is a cornerstone of the discerning death/doomer's collection.) When we premiered "House of Worship" on Invisible Oranges, Wyatt said, "The song smolders in the post-apocalyptic sense, with expertly arranged, no-nonsense riffing and restrained drumming giving rise to something bleak and sinister." And is he ever right. The rest of Emanations continues that colossal stride, shaking the ground with every step. Listen to the entire reocord below. Make sure to catch them at the IO sponsored show, June 21 at The Acheron with Churchburn, Throaat, and Dridge. (Tickets.)

Speed-wise, Black Anvil is Serpentine Path's polar opposite, hitting a pace typical of blackened thrash. That said, there's little typical about their exemplary execution on Hail Death. The NYC rippers stretch out to Hell Awaits lengths while ably recreating the atmosphere of classic Dissection. Of course, they also throw in their share of head-nodding riffs, showing off the tricks the quartet picked up during their stints in the NYHC band Kill Your Idols. Read another review at IO. Black Anvil will play the full album at Saint Vitus on June 20 with Psalm Zero, FANTOM WARIOR, and Yellow Eyes. (Tickets.) Album stream below.

Of course, you may want to see about sneaking in some overtime before June 10. That's the date of Tombs' Savage Gold. The release will be Mike Hill and company's third full-length and it might be their best work yet. In an upcoming interview soon to hit IO, Hill told me, "This time around, we had a lot of time to work on the material. We wrote a lot but also discarded a lot." That attention to keeping only the cream certainly shows in the three tracks released thus far (listen below). Needless to say, expectations are high. If you're on the West Coast, you're also looking forward to Tombs hitting the road with Pelican for a June tour (dates below).

So, where else can you keep tabs on all of this stuff? Well, we run an Upcoming Metal Releases feature on IO every Monday that runs down the week's points of interest along with a few older selections that you need to know about. This time, we covered Black Anvil, Crowbar, Dead Congregation, Emptiness, Enabler, Eyehategod, Misery Index, Serpentine Path, Vanhelgd, and a whole bunch more.

Streams of Serpentine Path, Black Anvil, and Tombs, with dates below.

Continue reading "Serpentine Path & Black Anvil albums out & streaming; Tombs on the way (listen to three tracks)"

By Ian Chainey

YOB at the Bell House, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
YOB

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.

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Crowbar
Crowbar

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.

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Death Vomit
Death Vomit

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.

Moonsorrow
Moonsorrow

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.

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By Ian Chainey

Savage Gold album art
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Fresh off of their performance in the UK at Temples Fest, Brooklyn post-metallers Tombs are streaming another song from Savage Gold, out on June 10 via Relapse. (Preorder.) The album is the band's third, and first with bassist Ben Brand (ex-Woe) and guitarist Garrett Bussanick (Flourishing).

Building atop an insistent, Killing Joke-esque bassline, "Deathripper" explodes in its final third thanks to Mike Hill's ferocious roars and percussive, death metal chugs. It effectively showcases how varied Savage Gold might be, audibly contrasting with the slightly blackened, Entombed n' roll approach of "Edge of Darkness" (the first song we heard off the LP). Hill, formerly of Anodyne and Versoma, described "Deathripper"'s themes this way:

I actually wrote the lyrics for this song back in the late 90's when I was living in Boston. I was going through a period where I was sleeping on someone's couch and living out of a gym bag. I went through some old journal entries and found the lyrics written out. They seemed to fit the vibe of the instrumental tracks.
The vibe does indeed fit, upping the intensity of the track's dual nature; the detached Godflesh-y industrial beginning and the cathartic release of its crescendo. Stream "Deathripper" below.

Tombs has a few West Coast dates next month and all are listed, along with the set list from their May 3 Temples Fest performance and new track stream, below...

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by Doug Moore

Tombs at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Tombs

We've been excited to hear the new album by NYC black metal genre-melders Tombs since the dust settled on their amazing 2011 effort Path of Totality, but especially so after the band played most of their new disc Savage Gold straight through at a Brooklyn gig last fall.

Savage Gold sounded good then, and it sounds good now. Tombs have released the first single from the album, "Edge of Darkness" -- you can stream it below. Unsurprisingly, the band have chosen to lead off with a banger; check out the suffocating death/thrash riff that opens the song. It may take a while to get used to Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel)'s dry and precise production if you're used to the atmospheric techniques John Congleton used on Path of Totality, but by the time you adjust, "Edge of Darkness" will have already put the hurt on you.

Savage Gold will be out on June 10 via Relapse. You can preorder it from the label or digitally from Tombs' Bandcamp. The band doesn't have any NYC appearances announced currently, but they'll be at Temples Fest in the UK at the beginning of May and will play a short run of West Coast dates with Pelican in June. Check those dates (and the stream, of course) out below.

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by Doug Moore

Opeth at MHOW, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)

A lotta cool bands are putting stuff out soon! Let's dig into it.

Long-running Swedish prog metallers Opeth have announced that they will release their 11th album, Pale Communion, on June 17. (Okay, so they haven't been all that cool for a while now, but still, people love them.) Meanwhile, local black/death heavyweights Tombs have released a trailer for their upcoming third album, Savage Gold, which will be out on June 10 and which is now available for preorder. Trailer's below if you're into it.

The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem and Diocletian have all debuted new songs, while NYC wallopers Tiger Flowers are streaming their album in full -- you can catch their record release show on Saturday (4/12) at the Gutter, along with Meek Is Murder, So Hideous, and Dead Channels. You can check all four of those streams out below as well.

While we're on the live local tip: sadistic Philly noise-metal greats Starkweather will be hitting Brooklyn for a one-off on May 3 at The Grand Victory, along with Lament, The Communion, and Pyrrhon (my band). Tix are available. Further, White Widows Pact (feat. members of Primitive Weapons and Grudges) have announced a roughly two-week East Coast tour, part of which will also involve Hollow Earth, including the concluding NYC stop at The Acheron on 5/20 (tix).

As far as other live options this weekend go:

TONIGHT (4/11): the much-ballyhooed Decibel Magazine tour, which features Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem, will hit NYC at the Best Buy Theater (tix). If dropping $40 to see 40-somethings rage out onstage seems like a little much, you could opt instead for Hivesmasher, The Great Sabatini, Radiation Blackbody, Mother Brain, and Geryon (stacked!) at the Acheron (tix). Or if you wanna get the old-school vibe in a smaller space, UK proto-thrashers Satan are bringing their first-ever North American tour to Black Bear Bar (formerly Public Assembly), with support from Natur and Sacrificial Blood (tix).

TOMORROW (4/12): the aforementioned Tiger Flowers / Meek Is Murder / So Hideous / Dead Channels record release gig at the Gutter goes down. Sweden's Infernöh and BK's own Nomad will rock their previously TBA show at the Acheron, along with Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Green Beret, & Ivy (tix). Infernöh and Nomad will be back next weekend for New York's Alright.

For more, scan our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.

In the Invisible Oranges corner: we scoped out new music by The Oath, Aurvandil, Of Feather & Bone, and A Pregnant Light. We dispensed some helpful advice for independent bands who want to get music critics to check out their work. We gave away one last set of tickets to see Godflesh on our East Village Radio show, which was brought to you this week by Irving Plaza. (This Tuesday's show (4/15) features an interview with Godflesh, so be sure to tune in for that.) We also ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever.

That does it. Check out that bundle o' streams and the White Widows Pact dates below. Anything else?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: Opeth, Tombs, Mayhem, Diocletian, White Widows Pact, weekend shows & more"

by Doug Moore

Full of Hell at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)

Welcome to this week's HLD! There's a shitload of cool live stuff going on this weekend, so let's get that all out of the way first:

Tonight (2/28): Three good options to choose from! Local(ish) prog-sludgsters East of the Wall are kicking off their SXSW-bound tour with Diamond Plate at The Omega Order Warehouse, with support from fresh Prosthetic Records signees So Hideous (whom we've been fans of for a bit), Meek Is Murder, Hammer Fight, & Dead Empires. The show is sponsored by Gun Hill Brewery, is BYOB, and carries a $5 suggested donation. Meanwhile, Full of Hell & Mutilation Rites are bringing their own tour to a close with a show at the Acheron with Blackest (tix). Additionally, the Psalm Zero-curated Chaos Bodies series is continuing at Trans Pecos with appearances by Oneirogen, Feast of the Epiphany, and my buds Epistasis, whom we debuted a new song by yesterday. Stream it below if you missed it.

Tomorrow (3/1): Brooklyn Night Bazaar is getting unusually heavy with Caspian, Junius, A Storm of Light, & Advaeta (RSVP for line skippage). Boston crust/doom wrecking ball Morne is hitting Saint Vitus alongside Force & Fire (AKA the clearest successor to defunct local greats Unearthly Trance) & Iron Force (tix). Tech-death stalwarts Malignancy are returning to Blackthorn 51 in Queens with Orbital Frame & Immortal Suffering in tow.

Sunday (3/2): No Shields are playing the Acheron with Richmond's Ravn and Pittsburgh's Dendritic Arbor, along with locals Throaat (tix). Don't forget to keep an eye on our metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.

Some other miscellaneous news items:

Maryland deathgrind institution Misery Index have announced that their upcoming fifth album will be entitled The Killing Gods. It will see a May 23 release via Season of Mist.

Chicago sludge/black metal act Lord Mantis have debuted the first song from their upcoming Profound Lore debut, Death Mask, which drops on April 29. Stream it below, but watch out for the NSFW art.

As we discovered on our East Village Radio show this week, members of Tombs, Batillus, Hull, and Vaura have teamed up to work on an album that will almost certainly draw many uses of the dreaded "SG" word. This week's show was sponsored by the Halo of Blood tour, featuring Children of Bodom, Tyr, & Death Angel. Tune in every Tuesday at 10pm for interviews, ticket giveaways, and great metal jams both new and old.

Over on Invisible Oranges, we checked out new music by Epistasis & Noneuclid, and we gave ongoing faves Gridlink the review treatment. We also announced our official SXSW showcase and took our best guess at the 100 most overused metal band name words. And, as ever, we ran down all of the new riffs fit to buy.

Streams below. Anything else?

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