Entries tagged with: Tombs
Andy Nelson with Paint it Black at Fun Fun Fun Fest (more by BBG)
Mamiffer, Tombs, Locrian, Thou, Fuck The Facts, The Atlas Moth and many more contribute to the second part of our continuing series where we asked some of our favorite artists about their 2011 highlights. Part One HERE. Part Two below...
Midnight at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
2011 was a year that I spent delving deep into record bins, in the pit at shows, and searching for the most brutal of the brutal at festivals across the country including Maryland Deathfest, Chaos in Tejas, Rites of Darkness, SXSW, the A389 Anniversary show, California Discord Fest, and many others. It was also a year when I revisited my hardcore roots, and went further down the rabbit hole with DIY shows and independent records.
2011's choices for best of the year were tougher than I could have imagined, as opposed to my clear cut 2010 choice for favorite album of the year. That said, favorite records are about playability, and these are the LPs that wore out my needle and earned the most plays on my digital device (note: I made sure to remove a record that I was directly involved in because that would clearly be near the top of the list). I hope you enjoyed these records as much as I did in 2011 and if not, please share what you enjoyed below. I already can't wait for 2012.
My favorite records and shows of 2011 are below.
Seven Sisters of Sleep at A389 2011 (more by BBG)
Seven Sisters of Sleep (mems Tafkata) are two for two with releases in 2011, dropping both their excellent debut and their similarly crushing split with Children of God this year. Get both at A389. Though no full East Coast trek has been planned, Seven Sisters of Sleep will join the great All Pigs Must Die, labelmates Low Places, and NYC's Grudges for an NYC date at Acheron on 1/20, just a few days after the always awesome A389 Anniversary show at Sonar in Baltimore with Eyehategod, Gehenna, and many others.
All Pigs Must Die was recently given an "honorable mention" in Pitchfork's top metal of 2011 list (though no shout out for Seven Sisters of Sleep). Check out the full list, along with some streaming APMD material and a few videos below...
Tombs at BV-Rocks Off Official CMJ Showcase 2011 (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Decibel released their list of the best LPs of 2011. The list features a few repeat offenders and not too many surprises. One record listed technically came out in 2010 (and made my list of favorites that year). You can check out the full thing below. What record do you think they left off?
Voivod at Maryland Death Fest (more by BBG)
We already knew that Voivod was in charge of curating part of the program, but the ante has been upped with the announcement that the influential Canadian band will play all of their seminal Dimension Hatross LP and that they've invited Yob to play the fest! What's more, Yob will play two complete albums in two different sets at Roadburn 2012, including all of Catharsis and all of The Unreal Never Lived.
The announcement comes with a new round of additions to the lineup including Black Breath, Celeste, Red Fang, Black Cobra, Pelican, Tombs (who just played CMJ), Saviours (who play Saint Vitus on 11/30), Necros Christos, Bongripper, Jesu, La Otracina (who just played Union Pool), Virus, Ulver, Final,Church of Misery, Ancestors, Horisont, Dragged Into Sunlight and Christian Mistress among many others. Current lineup is below alongside some vide, and tickets go on sale 11/26 at 4AM EST.
photos by Markus Shaffer, words by BBG
Hull @ Mercury Lounge
Hull is currently on the road with The Fucking Wrath, and is also scheduled to play a Fun Fun Fun Fest Nite show in Austin with Toxic Holocaust and Pushmen at Red 7 on 11/3.
Hull have also been added to the previously mentioned Doomriders / Eyehategod show on December 4th at Europa with Knight Terror.
By my count, my CMJ 2011 consisted of 13 metal sets. Not every one was great, but what impressed me overall was the willingness many of the bands displayed to cut across the genre's constrictive sub-borders. Locals Raspberry Bulbs and Tombs--whom I caught, respectively, at Saint Vitus on Tuesday and on Rock Off's East River-faring Jewel on Saturday--each drew on black metal; but while the former spiked the style with grimy punk, the latter took a more expansive and emotive path. Likewise, Norway's Kvelertak (who also played the Jewel) juxtaposed dire metalcore breakdowns with primitive, almost Queens of the Stone Age-ish rock & roll. Best of all, though, was Hull, a local quintet that toggled gracefully between doom and thrash stylings. On Friday night at Union Pool, the band's riffs, ground out by a trio of heavy-bearded six-stringers, rolled forth from the stage like massive boulders, and its stage presence oozed conviction; these were players who had clearly pored over everything from Sabbath to Mastodon, synthesizing their research into epic treatises on the nature of heavy. --Hank ShteamerHere is a second set of pictures from Hull's Mercury Lounge show. They continue below...
Citizens Arrest at Europa (more by Keith Marlowe)
"Joe Martin, who played in Citizens Arrest during ABC No Rio's early days, remembers the space as offering a second chance. "For me, I had made the promise to myself that I would stop going to hardcore shows the day I got beat up. And then it happened to me, at one of the hardcore matinees they had--Judge, Born Against, and Affirmative Action. Some skinhead picked a fight with me and maybe I didn't get beat up, but I did get punched. So I said, that was it, no more, because I knew everytime I would go to a show from then on, I'd see this guy and panic and run away. But then ABC started, and right then and there, that feeling stopped. Every week I'd go there, I didn't care who was playing--I'd go support any band, and I guess for a while a lot of other people did too. There'd be a solid 50 people for every show."" [ABC No Rio history]Citizens Arrest will play ABC No Rio again on 12/17/2011, their first time since 1991! Joining them is the all-star lineup of Mind Eraser, Night Birds, The Inflatable Children and Death First at what will one of the last shows in the old ABC No Rio space. It's also a benefit for the the organization which will get a new building in 2012 (we don't have an exact close date yet). $10 gets you in the door. No advanced tickets.
Other upcoming shows at ABC No Rio include Japanther with The Homewreckers, Devestation Wagon, TitFit on 10/29, Boom Boom Kid, Wud Link, Ilegales Sin Fronteras, and Mi Culpa on 11/5, Wound, Skelptarsis, Kama Rupa, and (A)Truth on 11/12,Miscegnator, Coke Bust, DBCR, Sick Fix on 11/19 (Coke Bust play later that night with Masakari at Acheron), Tombs & Inhuman on 12/3, and Mischief Brew, The Swaggerin' Growlers and more TBA on 12/10.
Japanther, who played CMJ last week at Party Xpo and DROM on 10/21, has one other date scheduled before the end of the year, on 12/2 in Troy, NY at EMPAC as part of a "commissioned performance piece."
As previously mentioned, members of Mind Eraser will hit Acheron next week (on 11/3) as part of The Rival Mob, with appearances from Young Offenders, Give, and Airfix Kits.
Check out a video of Citizens Arrest and other bands playing ABC No Rio in the early 90s, below...
Kvelertak on the Jewel (photo by Greg Cristman)
A hearty thank you goes out to Rocks Off crew and the audience who baorded the Jewel on Saturday to set sail on the East River for the BrooklynVegan/Rocks Off official CMJ showcase. The show, headlined by Kvelertak and featuring Skeletonwitch, Tombs and Psychic Limb, was the second of three NYC shows for the Norwegian band, who played a surprise show at Saint Vitus directly following their Europa gig the night before. Europa was with Skeletonwitch, Turbid North, Battlecross, and Barn Burner.
As the boat pulled away from the dock, Psychic Limb took to the stage with their nihilistic hard-grind. Vocalist Brian Montouri's stage antics were as negative and wild as usual, at one point grabbing a case of beer set aside for the bands and throwing it into the crowd and screaming "free beer" into the microphone. The crowd swarmed the case and after the sound man headed to the front to move the case behind the band (its original spot), Montouri found it again and threw it back to the frothing alcohol-hungry wolves. They won't be asked back on the boat any time soon.
Tombs followed. The cold late fall air whipped through the top tier of the boat and the Brooklyn band managed make it even a little bit more icy. Another well-executed set of black metal-tinged with hardcore from Brooklyn's finest, who performed part of their set with the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop. Surreal and awesome.
Skeletonwitch's uber-fun and tongue-in-cheek blackened thrash kicked the party into overdrive, and was followed by Nowegian party-metal crew Kvelertak. Crowd-surfing, moshpits and general dancing insanity were the center-piece of both sets, which mirrored Kvelertak's set at Europa (but differed from Saint Vitus) (I went to all three). Kelertak literally brought the boat's ceiling down with them during their set, with the bands and audience members ripping the drop ceiling and tiles out of place and leaving a huge mess by the end of the night.
Lots more pictures and video from the Rocks Off Boat Cruise, below...
Kvelertak at Parkside in SF (more by Taylor Keahey)
While we couldn't be more excited about our own official showcase with Kvelertak, Skeletowitch, Tombs and Psychic Limb aboard the Jewel on 10/22 (tickets, the only boat show during CMJ and Tombs's only appearance), there are plenty of other noteworthy heavy events that go down this week.
CMJ isn't exactly thick with heavy music events, so we've taken the liberty of expanding a bit to accomodate for punk, hardcore, dark, and anything that experiments with the darker ends of the spectrum. Our guide is below. It encompasses all of the night shows (there are no day events for heavy music, sigh). Check it out....
Har Mar Superstar @ Stubb's in March (more by Tim Griffin)
Bison BC @ Europa in Sept (more by BBG)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Impiety @ Cake Shop
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* The Bo-Keys @ Joe's Pub
* Greil Marcus @ Barnes & Noble
* Jane's Addiction @ Irving Plaza
* Alamo Race Track @ Mercury Lounge
* The London Souls @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Jonathan Coultan @ Apple SoHo store
* White Fence, The Babies @ Bruar Falls
* Fionn Regan, Rachel Cox @ The Rock Shop
* Jim Campilongo Electric Trio @ The Living Room
* WATERS, MiniBoone, Cuckoo Chaos @ Mercury Lounge
* Karl Berger's Stone Workshop Orchestra @ The Stone
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* The Velvet Teen, Spanish Prisoners, Crinkles @ Glasslands
* Snowmine, Santah, The Grates, Brian Bonz @ Public Assembly
* Doran & The Violents, Alana Amram & The Rough Gems @ Zebulon
* Bison B.C., Primitive Weapons, Bezoar, Sannhet @ Saint Vitus
* Jonquil, Ski Lodge, The Hairs, Gross Relations, Sea Monsters @ Pianos
* Sex Cult, Peace Killers, Nude Beach, The Upskirts @ Death By Audio
* Lotion, The Ditty Committee (Royal Flush Festival) @ Knitting Factory
* Har Mar Superstar, Marijuana Death Squad, Mike Mictlan, Spyder Baybie Rawdog @ Bowery Electric
* Tony Scherr Trio with Anton Fier and Rob Jost, FRED with special guest Julie Feeney, Hope For Agoldensummer @ The Living Room
Stay tuned for the lineups of the BrooklynVegan CMJ Day Parties happening at Public Assembly on Friday and next Saturday.
Get your tickets for the BrooklynVegan CMJ showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg (happening Friday). OR WIN A PAIR on the BV FACEBOOK.
Get your tickets to see Tombs on the BV-BBG/Rocks Off CMJ boat Saturday. Check out a new 360 degree panoramic video of Tombs playing "Vermillion" and "Path of Totality" below...
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Win tickets to see WATERS at Merc tonight.
No tickets necessary to see Amsterdam's Alamo Race Track at Merc tonight.
Tombs at SXSW (more by Samantha Marble)
I'm proud to announce the next addition to the CMJ BV Rocks Off boat show on 10/22 with Skeletonwitch/Kvelertak.... TOMBS! This will also be Tombs' ONLY show during CMJ, and is the only scheduled show period for the Brooklyn band who recently completed a round of EU dates with the boys from The Secret. Tickets are on sale. Limited CMJ badges will also get to board.
The show is one of two in NY that Skeletonwitch will play with Kvelertak, the other being at Europa on 10/21 with Turbid North. Tickets for Europa are on sale too.
Tombs recently stopped by Violitionist studios and recorded some songs. Check out live video and streaming audio from those sessions, below...
Tombs at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by BBG)
The halfway point of the year is behind us, and already some folks are chalking up their favorites of 2011. Undoubtedly, one my favorites (much like Brandon Stosuy) is the new Tombs, Path of Totality. Now you can catch the Brooklyn greats performing some of that material at Saint Vitus on July 11th for FREE. Primitive Weapons kicks off the show at 9PM, followed by Tombs shortly thereafter at the 21+ event.
Outside of Saint Vitus, Tombs has no other US dates thus far. They'll hit Europe with The Secret in late July. Full tour schedule is below, alongside some video including a great "name that metal logo" featuring the Tombs guys and Morgan from Kill The Client.
Tombs @ the Studio
Unlike certain shows that cancel because of the rain... joking, of course... ours was inside, but Tombs and A Storm of Light brought the thunder to The Studio at Webster Hall last night (6/9) as part of a dual (or based on those heavy riffs, should I say dueling?) record release show with Bastard Sapling.
Tombs, who just get more incredible with every show, were particularly amazing last night as they blasted through songs like "Constellations" from their new LP Path To Totality. A Storm of Light featured Nerissa Campbell for the evening and the band's newer material was heavy and awesome in the live setting, with Josh Graham's compositions inching more towards the sound of his other band (Neurosis). Despite playing directly against the storm, Bastard Sapling delivered a powerful set too; their icy black metal blast sounding bigger than ever on the Studio PA.
Tombs and A Storm of Light are currently on the road together. More pictures from The Studio show below...
Chicago metal bands Indian and Bloodiest both released killer albums on Relapse in the past year, and the two bands will team up to play a Brooklyn show together at Union Pool on June 25th. Hallux is also on the bill. $10 gets you in the door. Flyer below.
Indian and Hallux will also team up for a free show at Generation Records at 2PM the next day (6/26). More info is available at the Facebook invite.
Indian returned to the studio and released their latest LP Guiltless in April via Relapse. The sludge/doom release is their first in three years, as the band has been occupied in other projects like Lord Mantis, Wolves In The Throne Room, and A Storm of Light.
A Storm of Light kicks off their tour with Tombs at The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC WEDNESDAY with Bastard Sapling (Panzerbastard has sadly cancelled their appearance). Tickets for the NYC show are still available. Flyer below.
Bloodiest, which features the great Bruce Lamont (of solo/Yakuza fame), also recently released their LP for Relapse, Descent. Stream that LP in full, with all dates and flyers, below....
Save the date, June 9th at The Studio at Webster Hall! BrooklynVegan is proud to announce a DOUBLE record release party featuring Tombs and A Storm of Light, as well as special guest Panzerbastard and one more TBA. Tickets are on sale for the NYC show which is the kick-off of a short tour for the two bands. All dates are listed below.
Tombs is welcoming their new LP Path to Totality, the follow-up to their uber-triumphant Winter Hours due on June 7th via Relapse Records. The new LP was recorded at Elmwood Recording studios in Dallas, TX with John Congleton, a man responsible for works by artists ranging from Baroness to St. Vincent to Explosions In The Sky. Interestingly enough, Path of Totality also features the first recorded appearance of "new" drummer Andrew Hernandez, though the former ASRA pummeller has actually been on board with the band since Winter Hours was released. Check out the 6th track on the LP, "Vermillion", available for download above and streaming below and a second track "Silent World" at NPR. Preorder Path To Totality at Relapse.
A Storm of Light's new LP As The Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade is due a bit sooner, on May 17th via Profound Lore (North America/UK)/Burning World (EU). The album boasts guest shouts from names like Kim Thayil (of Soundgarden), Jarboe, long time collaborator Nerissa Campbell, and Kris Force (Amber Asylum) over its nine tracks, and features new drummer BJ Graves behind the kit. The new LP is decidedly more "metal", as Storm is clearly moving away from their previous post-rock heavy output and ever-closer toward the riff. Stream three tracks from the As The Valley below: "Missing" with Kim Thayil and Nerissa Campbell, "Collapse" with Jarboe, and "Black Wolves" with Kim Thayil and Nerissa Campbell (which makes its premiere in this post). Download "Collapse" and "Black Wolves" above.
Since its been a while since we caught up with Josh Graham, we threw him a few questions about the A Storm of Light record, his new drummer, and the current status of the new Neurosis LP. The results of that conversation are below alongside all streams and tour dates...
photos by Samantha Marble & BBG, words by BBG
Tombs @ Lovejoys
After a day of mayhem and floorpunches with Ringworm on Friday (3/18), the BrooklynVegan/Profound Lore Records day show on Saturday at Lovejoys centered more on the metal side of things. The 3/19 show featured nine bands in total, of which four called the label home. The amazing Tombs headlined, and I couldn't help but feel a large share of local (NYC) pride since three of the nine bands call Brooklyn home (Tombs, Castevet, Batillus).
Wormrot at Acheron (more by BBG)
BrooklynVegan is proud to present Singapore grinders Wormrot with very special guests Goden, the reunited Deathcycle, and Kings Destroy who will all band together for a very special show at Union Pool on April 3rd. Tickets are on sale and trust me you won't want to miss this.
Wormrot is prepping their new LP Dirge (a song is streaming below) for release on May 3rd via Earache Records and will tour the US in March hitting Scion Rock Fest on March 5th and heading down to SXSW to play a strong of dates including the BrooklynVegan/1000 Knives Day Party on March 18th at Lovejoys. Stay tuned for the full announcement!
The Union Pool show comes right in the middle of a Wormrot tour with Tombs who are not on the bill of the Brooklyn show, but are playing the BrooklynVegan Day Party at Lovejoys on March 19th (one day after Wormrot at the same Austin venue).
Deathcycle called it quits in 2009, but have reunited on occasion to play special shows such as the Lee Altomare benefits last year. Deathcycle features Gary Bennett and Paul Delaney of Black Anvil/Kill Your Idols.
Kings Destroy, featuring members of Uppercut and Killing Time, recently dropped their debut LP And the Rest Will Surely Perish via The Maple Forum. Download "The Mounty" and "The Whittler" above and pick up a copy of the LP. Kings Destroy will also support at the upcoming Orange Goblin show at Santos.
All Wormrot dates and the new track from Dirge, "Erased Existence", is below.
Flyer, with art by Glyn Smyth of Scrawled Design
I am ecstatic to announce my partnership with the great Profound Lore Records for an Austin day party at Lovejoys (604 Neches St, right downtown) on March 19th! The free day show (lineup above) will run from noon-7pm and include Dark Castle, The Body, Deafheaven, Wolvhammer, Grayceon, Castevet, Batillus, Altaar from Norway (!), and the blasting NYC killers Tombs. Set times and more details are forthcoming but in the meantime save the date!
Altaar @ by:Larm 2010
March 19th is the last of FOUR BV DAY PARTIES catering to fans of heavy music, including the previously discussed Full Metal Texas show on 3/17 at Emo's with Trap Them, Rwake, Hull, All Pigs Must Die, and the recently added Kvelertak! Details on March 16th and 18th are still to come.
Moments after the BrooklynVegan/ProfoundLore day party comes to a close, the official Profound Lore SXSW showcase will begin at Valhalla! That show kicks off at 7PM and will feature a headlining set from Slough Feg, as well as performances from KEN Mode, Castevet, Grayceon, Bruce Lamont, and Wolvhammer. Check out the incredible show poster below and get a screened copy of it at the show from the artist, Glyn Smyth of Scrawled Design.
Show flyers, a stream of Deafheaven's awesome demo and more pictures of the mighty Altaar from Norway's by:Larm 2010 are below!
DOWNLOAD: Tombs - "Gossamer" (MP3, Demo)
Tombs at Death By Audio (more by Justin Tyler)
While we await the wrath of the new Tombs LP (which I have been told is in the works), Relapse has gathered up some of the seedlings that spawned the vitriol into Fear Is The Weapon, a compilation of rare tracks and demos that preceeded 2009's incredible Winter Hours. Some of you may recognize tracks from the bands first EP on Black Box Recordings (Mike Hill's label), and from their split with the venerable Planks (who ripped it with Tombs at Death By Audio), alongside demos of Winter Hours tracks like "Gossamer" available for download above and stream below. Fear is The Weapon is limited to 1,000 copies and due on Tuesday (11/9).
Tombs won't be blessing NYC with their
damnation presence, but will head down the East Coast in late December. Full tour dates, the song stream, and some video, is below.
Black Army Jacket at Best Friends Day 2010
After a return to the stage at Best Friends Day 2010, Black Army Jacket are readying to play Cake Shop on SATURDAY (9/4) with the newly added Tombs (!), Defeatist, Concrete Cross, and Grown Ass Men (ex Phobia, Wheelbite, Stop It!). The show will be the first for the band in ten-plus years, and as such, we cornered bassist Carlos Ramirez to ask him about the return of Black Army Jacket, some of his fond memories from that time, and possible plans for the future....
photos by Justin Tyler, words by BBG
The show was Planks' first in NYC, and were very impressive as they ran through songs from their self-titled 12" in addition to newer material (watch their ENTIRE set below). Tombs played a good portion of new material as well, and are even more venomous with the addition of a second guitar (video below). Gods & Queens channelled song structures from greats like Quicksand, Helmet, and other 90s bands, killing it in the process (video below). Radiation Black Body's instrumental grind/hardcore brought to mind a jazzier Bastard Noise without the electronics. In all, a fantastic string of four bands.
Justin and I arrived at the venue late, missing Dawn and Yautja. Pictures and video of the rest of the show, continue below...
Magrudergrind supporting Verbal Abuse (more by Keith Marlowe)
With all of the BrooklynVegan-related shows on the horizon, it can be hard to keep up. That said, we have some recent additions to some of our upcoming heavy music bills to report.
Atakke has been added to the upcoming Fuck The Facts / Magrudergrind / Defeatist destruction campaign THIS SATURDAY (8/7) at Cake Shop. Atakke recently roughed up the audience at Acheron supporting The Body. Fuck The Facts will have a new cassette entitled Live In Whitby available at the show, with the remainder showing up online after the tour. Get a copy and download one and pay-what-you-want.
And a reminder, Unsane/Keelhaul/Pigs/Disappearer take on Santos TONIGHT (8/5) (tickets) and Pollution, Megasus, The Love Below, and Judas destroy Acheron on August 13th at 8PM. Interested in seeing Unsane, Fuck The Facts, KEN Mode, or Pollution? I have two pairs of tickets available for EACH. Info on how to win, Pollution flyer, and some video is down below...
Tombs at Europa (more by Samantha Marble)
Tombs are currently working on new material for their follow-up to 2009's Winter Hours. Meanwhile, Planks have multiple releases all of which available for free, including their badass self-titled and also their split with Tombs on Mike Hill's own Black Box Recordings imprint. Download all of Planks recorded output for free.
Tombs recently played NYC with Eyehategod, just a few short weeks before completing a run of dates with Isis as part of their final run on the West Coast. Mike Hill completed a two-part interview with Aaron Turner of Isis on that trek (part 1 and part 2).
All Tombs/Planks dates, and some videos are below...
by Mike Hill
Aaron Turner of Isis
I received a phone call from Isis guitarist Mike Gallagher one night back in March asking if my band, Tombs, would be available to support Isis on a short run of dates on the West Coast. The Mayhem tour, which we were supposed to be on, had just been cancelled, we were eager to get back on the road so the answer was emphatically "yes". Furthermore, touring with Isis is one of the easiest tours you could ever be on. Aside from the shows being packed, the band and their crew are some of the warmest and most professional people I've ever known.
During the months leading up to the tour, it was announced that this would be the final Isis tour, ending a nearly 13 year career. To me it was an end of an era, both personally and as a fan of extreme music. I had witnessed the formation of the band back in Boston during the late 90's at most of their early shows. It was clear to me that the band was on a trajectory that would take them past their murky, D.I.Y. roots and propel them into a realm that most bands aspire to but few actually reach.
Their contribution to the world of music is undeniable as most of their imitators would attest to. Within the decade plus that the band existed, they continued to challenge themselves and their fans with an ever expanding palette of creative textures and moods, yet always maintaining a common thread running through each release that would identify them as the originators.
During the week that would be their final West Coast shows, I had the opportunity to sit with Aaron Turner and reflect of the past, present and future.
MIKE HILL: We're a couple of days into this tour, how is it going so far? Is everyone having a good time?
AARON TURNER: I think everybody's having a good time. There's a lot of mixed feelings I think. Everybody in the band going into this knowing this is the last tour colors their perception of the experience quite a bit. I can't really say what it's like for those guys, but I was expecting some sort of cathartic feeling out of the process but it really, at the moment, just feels like another tour; which is not to say that I'm cynical about it because with almost every show I've ever played with Isis, I've tried to put myself into it as much as I possibly can so that still holds true. There is a thought that's crossed my mind at times, during each set, knowing that this is the last time that we'll ever play as Isis in this particular city...I don't really know how I feel about it yet, I feel like it's going to take me a while to process it and I feel like it's not going to actually feel like the final shows until we're at the end on the east coast and there's like two shows left.
But everything is going pretty good, I mean...we've toured with so many bands, I've gotten to see how other bands interact and I feel very lucky with how well we get along even if we're deciding to call it quits and there's some weird stuff that comes up with that, for the most part we get along really awesome.
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
Brian of Eyehategod/Soilent Green
It'd be easy to mistake the Eyehategod/Brutal Truth/Nachtmystium/Black Anvil/Tombs throw down as a full on assault on the audience. And while in a sense it was, to the metal fans in attendance, it was a more of a big party. Songs like "Sister Fucker", "High on Hate", and "Filled With Secrets" don't outwardly point to a celebratory vibe, but in the context of that show, beers were hoisted and invisible oranges were raised.
Tombs kicked off the evening at a ridiculously early 6PM with a set that seemed to be filled with new tunes making full use of their new guitarist. It was my first experience with Tombs as a four piece, and the addition definitely adds a fuller sound.
Black Anvil followed with a set that also relied heavily on newer material from their upcoming Triumvirate. The band's relative cooling to the the live stage in 2010 (to write and record mostly) meant a heaping dose of brutality... of course then again, maybe it's the whole "don't know what you've got, til it's gone" factor. (I missed their set opening for Immortal, and only caught them briefly at Scion Rock Fest)
Nachtmystium was up next, and aside from brainchild Blake Judd, the band was sporting a wholly new lineup made up of members of Lord Mantis and a new guitar player (Jeff Wilson recently left the band). Their set contained little of the controversial elements from their new LP Addicts (meaning, no keyboards, overly-compressed snares, etc) and instead concentrated on the melodic black metal blasting. "High on Hate" from the new LP sound particularly impressive live.
Brutal Truth followed, pulling from across their groovy grind catalogue, as barefooted vocalist Kevin Sharp barked out vocals at the crowd. Their set was good, but I found my eyes glued to drummer Richard Hoek for almost the entire set. Hoek is infinitely watchable/listenable, as he alternates between precision blasting, goofy faces, and making ridiculous remarks at the crowd.
After all that lightning-quick pummel, it was nice to have Eyehategod on stage to take it nice and slow. The band pulled out all of the classics for their shortened set (a shade over an hour), and whipped the crowd into a fever pitch. Pit action, stage dives, and sing-alongs were a-plenty, and the band seemed genuinely more excited to be in Brooklyn than they were just seven months prior. Incredible set.
More Eyehategod dates HERE. Tons of pics, and some videos from the Brooklyn show, below...