Entries tagged with: Tombs
Tombs @ Saint Vitus - 7/25/14
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?
Below, check out more pictures from the Friday show as well as those videos, including the entirety of the Tombs set.
by Ian Chainey
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.
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...
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...
by Ian Chainey
Tombs at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Di Lynn Ring)
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...
by Ian Chainey
Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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.
by Ian Chainey
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.
By Ian Chainey
YOB at the Bell House, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As American Express figures out a way to capitalize on metal bands struggling with visas, let's take a walk on the newswire:
The crushing doom of YOB will wum again. Neurot Recordings announced Clearing The Path To Ascend would shake trees leaf-less sometime in September. Said vocalist Mike Scheidt: "Writing this album felt like being plugged into a main. Emotionally, it's our heaviest. But it also has some real beauty and light. We dug the deepest we ever have to get to the heart of these tunes." A trailer appears below.
Neurot also tease the next Ides of Gemini and the beguiling doom outfit's Old World New Wave, scheduled for September 16. A slightly longer trailer (take that, YOB) is below as well.
Watain have announced their only US show happening this summer and it takes place in Brooklyn on Sunday, June 15 at The Brooklyn Bazaar with Kosmodemonic. "They will presenting their full, arena-sized, wide-scale stage ritual -- a harsh and wild ceremony of Blood, Fire, and Death...". Get your tickets to the 'Blackened Music Series' show which is being presented by The Bunce Group, Brooklyn Bazaar and The Northside Festival.
Punk/thrash crossover act English Dogs have signed with Candlelight Records. The band began their life in the early '80s as punks with light thrash influences and ended the decade recording Metallica songs prime Metallica got too big to execute. The Thing With Two Heads is the name of their upcoming long-player, thus ending a near 20 year gap between full-lengths.
Crusty black n' rolling dudes Martyrdöd just wrapped up Elddrop, their next album. No official release date yet, but Southern Lord is eying August.
Geoff Tate is inspired by truck stops? Geoff Tate is inspired by truck stops. Ah, the silent lucidity of stalls that don't lock.
Powerviolence rippers Boddicker are hitting the road with Nuclear Hellfrost. The tour careens through the Midwest and into the East Coast over June and early July. The pummeling package will slide into The Acheron on July 8. All dates are listed below.
Finally, Children of Technology, the Italian speed metal punks, are targeting August 19 for Future Decay (Hells Headbangers). Despite the name, expect tons of fun deviations into '80s grindhouse fare.
Don't forget: Keep up with the rest of our metal coverage during the week.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions (most or all of which are streaming below):
A few highlights from next week's new releases are getting full streams: Blackened thrashers Black Anvil have put up Hail Death (Relapse Records) and iconic Southern sludgers Crowbar are providing the full Symmetry in Black (eOne Music) treatment. Physical copies hit the street May 27.
Eyehategod's Decibel-only flexi single has hit the web. "The Liar's Psalm" is an exclusive b-side presumably from the same sessions that created their comebacker Eyehategod, also available on May 27 by Horrorcore Records. The band is preparing for a knock-out tour this summer.
The Atlas Moth are streaming another new song, "City of Light." It's from The Old Believer, which will drop courtesy of Profound Lore on June 10 and features some nifty artwork. Listen below. The stacked tour of Boris, Atlas Moth, and SubRosa will kick off in July.
Tombs have released the third stream from Savage Gold (June 10, Relapse). "Spirals" showcases yet another mode of attack for the varied boomers. Listen below.
Another Origin song has surfaced. This one is entitled "All Things Dead" and comes with news Origin will be touring Europe in addition to their slot on the Summer Slaughter tour. Omnipresent is out July 8 on Nuclear Blast. (Preorder.)
Blackened bangers Mutilation Rites have issued "Suffer the Children" as a seven inch, backed by a Doom and Discharge cover. The single is on Prosthetic Records and teases the band's forthcoming album Harbinger, which will be available on July 22. Mutilation Rites recently stopped in and premiered a new song on the final Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio show. (Woe.)
Epic power dealers Darkest Era are streaming "Trapped in the Hourglass" from Severance. In a rare turn, Cruz Del Sur will put the record out in America (June 3) ten days before Europe. Lord over all your Euro friends on Twitter. "I'm sorry, I can't reply because DARKEST ERA. HA HA HA, I'M IN THE FUTURE."
Folk metallers Vintersorg have shot their first video. The visual accompanies "Lågornas rov," the inaugural single from Naturbål. The album will see release July 8 on Napalm Records. Points to the person who recuts it to The Ohio Player's "Fire." Watch elow.
Speaking of folk metal, the previously mentioned One And All, Together, For Home is streaming in full. The Drudkh curated collection of standards and regional fare collects folk metallers from around the world to put their distinctive spin on their nation's sound. The compilation is out on Season of Mist.
Fredrick Thordendal's contribution to the Wolfenstein: The New Order soundtrack is available for free download. If you can rig your house to have it play as entry music, you're doing things right.
Corrupt Moral Altar, the uncompromising UK death groovers, have offered up "Die Glocke" from Mechanical Tides. The album is out on Season of Mist July 22 and includes guest spots from Napalm Death's Mitch Harris and Carcass' Jeff Walker. (Preorder.)
Now, time to sprint through the rest of the underground:
Zoldier Noiz are doling out "Random Justice." The tech-y punk thrasher will appear on Regression Process on the thrash imprint of Darkness Descends, Unspeakable Axe, on May 27.
The weirdo, ex-Reverend Bizarre Opium Warlords have captured an additional alternate plane transmission from Taste My Sword of Understanding. "In Melancholy Moonless Acheron" closes out the album to be released by Svart Records on May 30.
Blackened thrashers Witchaven dropped a trailer for Blood Sacrifice, due out via Grey Haven Media in June.
The primal death metal nightmare Death Vomit -- the greatest Magic the Gathering card never printed -- will release Gutted by Horrors through Xtreem Music on July 1. "Indestructible Abominations"'s filth has been provided as a warning shot.
Norwegian widdlers Insense are issuing De:Evolution today by way of Mas-Kina Recordings. Stream the album in its entirety below.
Subtly named thrashcore hellions Fucking Invincible (Dropdead, Daughters) are streaming "Ape As Man/Man As Ape" from It'll Get Worse Before It Gets Better. The LP will see release sometime in July.
Finally, couple free comps are out: Hells Headbangers' Volume 7 brings together the label's kvltest and darkest while Church of Fuck -- always my census response -- mine their roster of core, noise, and general rawness on False Metal Eternal.
Check out all noted streams below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (5/23): Despite the best efforts of the US government to keep bands away, most of the metal world is down in Maryland this week for Maryland Deathfest. Still, there are a few cool happenings around town. First, the potentially loudest: The touring Prizehog, Vaz, Mossenek, and Collapsible Baton at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.) Want hardcore? Got you covered: Sheer Terror, Agitator, and Cop Problem will provide plenty of anthems at Brooklyn Night Bazaar for their free showcase. More NYHC? Okay, how about On the Offense, Menopaws, Weird and Pissed Off, Nerves End, and Zombie Fight at The Trash. $10 admission at the door and the show will be followed by Kings of Karaoke. Your voice will be appropriately fried for that "Fancy" rendition.
TOMORROW (5/24): If you're a punk, consider your afternoon and night booked. First up, Left for Dead, Altered Boys, and Jukai play an afternoon matinee at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.) Then, Violent Reaction, The Flex, Altered Boys, MFP, and Closet Case invade The Acheron. (Tickets.) A double shot of Altered Boys. You're going to be friends.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: We had a few neat streams this week, including the full album from the evil Vanhelgd and an absolute burner from the violent ACxDC. Over the weekend, we hit up Scion Rock Fest. Plus, we threw out our backs investigating the new 14 LP Moonsorrow box set. Best of all, we introduced the metal world to Japan's Funeral Sutra who are set to do big things. And, as is our compulsion, we hoarded every release under the sun for your clicks in Upcoming Metal Releases.
SAD TIME: You can stream our final Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio. EVR may be going away, but the metal spirit will never die.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
By Ian Chainey
Savage Gold album art
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...
by Doug Moore
Tombs at Union Pool in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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.
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?
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?
Le1f at Afro-Punk 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Phish @ MSG
Love 'em or hate 'em, Phish's New Year's run at Madison Square Garden is always quite the event for jam fans, and it begins tonight, with one show a night leading up to New Year's Eve.
Prince @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Prince never slows down, having spent most of 2013 playing epic-length shows and releasing a series of digital singles that found him regaining some creative juice (and his classic sound). Tonight's the second of three holiday shows he's got lined up at Mohegan Sun.
The Front Bottoms, Chris Gethard, Tiny Moving Parts @ Shea Stadium (BV-presents)
The Front Bottoms mix folk, pop, and punk without ever fully being folk punk or pop punk, and it's the kind of stuff that begs to be shouted along to in a dingy venue like Shea Stadium. We're thrilled to present just that at our holiday party tonight. Sold out unfortunately, but if you've got tickets, see you there!
Psychic TV, Daddy Long Legs, Bryin Dall @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It will be more like A Night Bizarre this weekend when Genesis P. Orridge and crew headline this free shopping/eating/minigolfing space this weekend. Having made everything from pure noise, pysch-pop, acid house and everything in between -- this year's Paramartha rattles around ambient blues dirges -- who knows what to expect.
Shigeto, Seams, Braille (DJ), Lord Raja @ Glasslands
Here's a chill evening of downtempo electronics, headlined by Ann Arbor, MI's Shigeto (whose No Better Time Than Now came out this year on Ghostly, International). Seams, meanwhile, is the nom-de-laptop of Berlin-based British producer James Welch whose brooding new album, Quarters, is out now on Full Time Hobby.
John Zorn Improv Night @ The Stone
The Stone's founder and artistic director John Zorn is in the midst of his annual Improv Week at the venue. Tonight features Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet), Jon Madof (guitar), Dave Scanlon (guitar), Annie Gosfield (keyboards), Frank London (trumpet), Adam Rudolph (percussion), Brian Marsella (keyboards), Billy Martin (percussion), Briggan Krauss (sax), and Zorn himself on sax.
The Bouncing Souls, Titus Andronicus, Mephiskapheles, The Organ Thieves @ The Stone Pony
NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls are on night 2 of their four-night 'Home for the Holidays' shows at home state venue The Stone Pony tonight. Like every night, there's three openers, all chosen by The Souls, and tonight's especially great because one of those openers is Titus Andronicus, who are NJ punk heroes in their own right.
Le1f, House of Ladosha, Ian Isiah, Junglepussy, Lakutis, Mess Kid & more @ Brooklyn Bowl
Boundary-pushing New York rapper Le1f is squeezing in one more hometown show before the end of the year, and with the huge amount of guests announced for this one, it's sure to be wacky, fun, and memorable (or maybe you won't remember any of it, but that would probably be fun too).
Suffocation, Pyrexia, Dehumanized, Torturous Inception, Day of Doom @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Long Island death metal band Pyrexia are doing a few year-end shows in their hometown area, two of which are in NYC. This one's opening for another Long Island death metal band, Suffocation, veterans of the genre whose 2013 LP Pinnacle of Bedlam is their seventh album in over 20 years.
Morne, Fórn @ Acheron
Boston doom/sludge greats make their way to NYC tonight with likeminded Boston band Fórn. Brooklyn's Tombs were supposed to be on this show, but unfortunately they had to drop off.
Baauer, Ryan Hemsworth, CZ, Alex English, rekLES @ Webster Hall
Baauer is more than the man behind the "Harlem Shake" meme. He can get a crowd going, and he's sure to do that at Webster Hall tonight.
Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute, Post Junction @ Bowery Ballroom
Sure, there's tons of bands playing their own music tonight, but if you're looking for some fun in the party-filled week that is Christmas-New Year's, heading to Bowery Ballroom to hear a bunch of Talking Heads hits could very well be that fun.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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by Doug Moore
Morne at Europa, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
The excellent Boston doom/sludge act Morne were quiet for much of 2013's second half; they released an album on Profound Lore in July, but scarcely appeared after its release. (They were evidently on a brief hiatus.) The band is evidently back in the hunt now, as they've announced a pair of East Coast live appearances, one of which is at the Acheron on December 28 (12/28). They will be accompanied by like-minded and like-named fellow Bostonians Fórn and BK's Tombs (who are currently recording their third album with Erik Rutan). Tix are available. The show unfortunately falls on the same day as the aforementioned Suffocation/Pyrexia show at Webster Hall, but at least you'll have options when it comes time to blow the $20 your granny gave you for Xmas. Morn tour dates -- they play a hometown show after Acheron -- are listed below
In related news, Tombs have also just announced an ABC No Rio matinee show on December 14 (12/14) with regional powers Sannhet, Argonauts, Windfaerer, and Barbarian. As usual for ABC No Rio, there are no advance tickets, just $8 at the door.
Stream full albums by Morne, Fórn, and Tombs below...
photos by Caroline Harrison
Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, and Anicon teamed up for a show at Saint Vitus last Friday (11/8). The show served as a sendoff of sorts for Tombs, who left the following day for Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel)'s Mana Studios in Florida. The band will spend the next few weeks recording and mixing the follow-up to 2011's Path of Totality.
Consequently, Tombs played most of their new album -- which sounds very, very promising -- at this show. (Primitive Weapons trotted out some impressive new tunes too.) We've got a full writeup and photos over at Invisible Oranges. Here's an excerpt:
More people started filing into Saint Vitus's performance space as Primitive Weapons set up their equipment. Initially, the crowd had formed the familiar horseshoe pattern around the room that creates a gaping, empty space in front of the stage. Once Primitive Weapons were ready to begin, Dave Castillo, the band's manic frontman, ordered the crowd to approach the stage and chastised the probably-drunk couple sitting on the floor near the stage for getting in everyone's way. The crowd obliged and Primitive Weapons launched into a furious, energetic set. Castillo isn't one to shy away from getting in the crowd's face and even touching people. I spotted two young guys appearing to flee from the front of the stage to escape Castillo's attention.You can check out the full writeup and photo sets over at IO. You can check out some of the pictures below, along with footage of all four bands' sets. Make sure to give the Tombs footage a look; it's a full-set video, so you can hear most of the songs from the new Tombs record before it's even recorded.
by Doug Moore
Tombs @ The Studio, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
With our NYC Metal Show Calendar growing increasingly crowded with killer tours, it'd be easy to miss some of the awesome local-oriented metal shows coming up in the next couple of months. Here are three you should hit for sure:
Behold the Arctopus, Child Abuse, and Geryon at The Acheron on October 3: Tech assassins Behold the Arctopus were just announced for Portland's Fall Into Darkness Fest, so they'll be bringing their A game at this gig as they prep for the big stage. (Which, to be fair, they always do.) Meanwhile, keyboard/bass/drums noise rockers Child Abuse (one of NYC's weirdest heavy bands, which is saying something) have a new album and an October tour in the works, though official dates/locations haven't been announced. Geryon, meanwhile, is Nick McMaster & Lev Weinstein of Krallice playing bass'n'drum death metal, which is about as strange as it sounds. Tickets are on sale.
Tombs, Primitive Weapons, Empty Flowers, and Anicon at Saint Vitus on November 8: As we mentioned a few weeks back, Tombs is only kind of a local band now; 3/4 of the members live elsewhere. The band is currently gearing up to record a new album late in the fall, so you can expect that they won't be around NYC much after this date. Primitive Weapons -- formerly something of a house band at Vitus -- have also dialed their local appearances way back as of late. Catch both NY heroes on one bill while you can; buy tix here.
Dysrhythmia, Zevious, and Geryon at Saint Vitus on November 17: Even if you don't like the noodly shit, or if you insist on rock music having vocals (lame), Dysrhythmia are one of the most jaw-dropping live acts in the game right now, thanks in no small part to drummer Jeff Eber's ability to slam the everloving crap out of his drums while dodging through Colin Marston (who just released a new album) and Kevin Hufnagel's zany parts. Main support Zevious also features Jeff, along with his brother Mike. With Geryon bringing up the fore, there is going to be a lot of good drumming at this show. Tix here.
Stream some Child Abuse, Geryon, and Zevious below:
Absu at Saint Vitus last night (more by Caroline Harrison)
Absu completed their second night at Saint Vitus last night (4/11) joined by support from Tombs in four-piece formation (with guitarist Garret of Wetnurse/Flourishing and bassist Ben of Woe). Like the night prior with guests Krallice, it was in celebration of twenty years as a band, hitting material from across their discography. More pictures and a review from the show are over at InvisibleOranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Absu last night with the double invisible oranges (more by Fred Pessaro)
Currently celebrating 20 years on Earth, otherworldly "mythological occult metal" trio Absu played their first of two NYC shows at Saint Vitus last night (4/10), joined by Brooklyn's own Krallice. The band performed a ninety-plus minute set that covered their entire output, and closed with a special appearance from honcho/drummer Proscriptor stepping from behind the kit to act as a frontman. Pictures, video and the setlist from last night are at InvisibleOranges.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Absu at Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
For my money, one of the best black metal bands in the US will play NYC tonight at Saint Vitus, the first of a two-night stay for the "mythological occult metal" band Absu. Krallice will provide support tonight (4/10) and Tombs tomorrow (4/11). As discussed, the shows will feature two sets from the band that will span the entirety of their career. Tickets are still available for both nights OR you can take your chances at trying to win a pair for each! Details on the contest are below.
Contest details, a stream of the band's classic, Tara, and remaining dates are below.
photos by Shaun Regan
Converge @ Union Transfer, Philadelphia, 1/19/2012
Congrats to Decibel Magazine on their 100th issue, who celebrated in style in their native Philadelphia on Jan 19th at Union Transfer. Featuring a headlining appearance from Converge as well as well as Pig Destroyer, Repulsion, Municipal Waste, Tombs and Evoken, the show was also chockful of guests including John Darnielle (of Mountain Goats, a regular contributor), J Bennett, Tomas Lindberg (Disfear, At The Gates), John Baizley (Baroness, who would open for Neurosis the next night at the same venue) and more. Pictures from Converge's set are in this post and a full review and photo set is available at at Invisible Oranges.
In addition, the magazine announced their annual tour which will feature appearances from Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse and Immolation. So far details regarding dates are still TBA, but we'll let you know when those surface.
More pictures from Converge's set at Union Transfer, plus a few live videos, are below...
Tombs at Union Pool, March 2012 (more by Di Lynn Ring)
Tombs and -16- will team up for an October tour, part of a BrooklynVegan sponsored trek that covers mostly the East Coast. The dates kickoff in in Pittsburgh and head West and South, eventually looping back to NYC to play Saint Vitus on October 27 with Serpentine Path and Pyrrhon. Tickets are on sale.
Serpentine Path, who have a new LP, recently expanded from four to a five piece with the addition of Stephen Flam of Winter on second guitar (!). Look for the band's live debut at Saint Vitus that night.
All tour dates are listed below, along with the Saint Vitus flyer.
Ulcerate at Public Assembly last night
We had our van broken into in New York last night at our accom. We've lost all our guitar gear (preamps, effects units), some drum equipment, stage banner and all of Svart Crown's merch was also ripped off. We're going to keep going but this is a fucking terrible start. We had phenomenal shows in Philadelphia and NYC last night so this is an absolute kick in the fucking teeth. -[Ulcerate]Ulcerate and Svart Crown played Public Assembly last night (5/19) as part of a bill with Tombs. The band's tour forges on. Best of luck guys.
HR with Bad Brains at Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Erik Erikson)
The two-day benefit for Lucinda's Kids at Bowery Electric begins today (4/29) with Marah, Jesse Malin, Willie Nile, Jimmy Gnecco, Dave Milone, Jim Boggie, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Ptter Ericson Stakee.
H.R. of Bad Brains plays night two, Monday, of that Manhattan benefit, but first he'll headline a Brooklyn show of his own at Public Assembly tonight (4/29) with support from Paranoid Social Club, The WonderMics, Groundswell, Matt Pless, and Jay Samel. Tickets are on sale.
The show is one of a few notable events at Public Assembly in the coming months. Xeno & Oaklander will headline Public Assembly on May 11th with David J (Bauhaus), Frank (Just Frank), and DJ sets by CREEP and Todd Pendu. Tickets are still available. Xeno & Oaklander are currently touring in the Midwest.
Also going down in the near future at Public Assembly, Idiot Glee (who we profiled last year) will play with Nick Diamonds (of islands), Celestial Shore, and DJ Udbhav on May 11th. $8 gets you in. Idiot Glee recently posted a new video for "That's All For Everyone" which is viewable below. The track comes from the band's Don't Go Out Tonight 7" and is a cover of Fleetwood Mac. Pick up a copy.
Public Assembly will host The X-Ecutioners, Da Beatminerz and "special guests TBA" alongside resident DJs Total Eclipse and Gen.Erik on May 3rd. Details, including cost, are forthcoming but prepare for a night of jaw-dropping turntablism.
Check out that Idiot Glee video and more videos below.
by Michael Hill
For over a decade, Pelican have been navigating the changing tides of a musical movement that they, along with one-time label mates Isis, helped to create. Where most bands tended toward hyperbole in their song structures, Pelican's music has a sense of immediacy that set them apart from the legion of carbon-copy bands that favored the "loud-soft-loud-crescendo" formula. Pelican added a more apocalyptic sensibility to the epic musings.
A few years ago, my band Tombs had the opportunity to tour with them. We unanimously thought this was a good thing because Pelican, aside from gaining a high standing with critics, had also garnered a very devoted following. It was one of the easiest tours I've ever done; everyone was cool, professional and totally about the music, but it was at a Denny's in San Antonio that we solidified our friendship. Or was it the white-knuckle drive across the Midwest during a freak snow storm that we did together that made us road-brothers. Either way, I feel honored to call them my friends.
Call it synchronicity, but Trevor de Brauw would be in Los Angeles on the same weekend that Tombs was scheduled to play with Exhumed as part of a Scion / Relapse showcase. I met up with Trevor and drummer Larry Herweg after our set to discuss the forthcoming EP Ataraxia / Taraxis (due via Southern Lord on 4/10), the creative process, working in a band with members living in two cities and the normal jack-assery that results when three friends get together on a warm Saturday afternoon...
photos by Di Lynn Ring, words by BBG
Tombs @ Union Pool
Tombs, in four-piece formation and with special guest bassist Paul Delaney of Black Anvil, headlined Union Pool on March 3rd with support from Argonauts (with new vocalist Chris Alfano in tow), Psychic Limb and The Year is One. Here are some pictures.
The show was one of FOUR high-profile metal shows that night in NYC, with Deicide headlining Gramercy (pics forthcoming), Drugs of Faith at Death By Audio (pics HERE) and Catheter/Laughing Dog at 538 Johnson.
All Tombs dates and more Union Pool pictures below...