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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).

more below....

Continue reading "BV/Profound Lore Day Party @ Lovejoys - pics & video (Tombs, Bruce Lamont, Mike Williams, Batillus, Dark Castle & more)"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Kings Destroy - "The Mounty" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Kings Destroy - "The Whittler" (MP3)

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.

Continue reading "Wormrot touring, playing a NYC show w/ Goden, Deathcycle & Kings Destroy -- 2011 dates & new song stream"

by BBG

Flyer, with art by Glyn Smyth of Scrawled Design
BrooklynVegan/ProfoundLore Day Show

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.

Bruce Lamont plays Union Pool in Brooklyn on SUNDAY (2/27) with Lichens, Kevin Hufnagel & Cocaine & Abel. Union Pool will also host The Body TONIGHT (2/22) with Braveyoung & Elks.

Show flyers, a stream of Deafheaven's awesome demo and more pictures of the mighty Altaar from Norway's by:Larm 2010 are below!

Continue reading "BrooklynVegan & Profound Lore present a Free Day Party @ Lovejoys (lineup, related shows, live Altaar pics & more)"

by BBG

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.

Continue reading "Tombs releasing a compilation of rare tracks (MP3)"

by BBG

Black Army Jacket at Best Friends Day 2010
Black Army Jacket

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....

Continue reading "an interview w/ Black Army Jacket (who play NYC Saturday) "

photos by Justin Tyler, words by BBG


Tombs completed a run of dates with Germany's Planks, playing Death By Audio on August 22nd with Gods & Queens, Radiation Black Body (2/3 of Defeatist), Dawn, and Yautja.

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...

Continue reading "Tombs, Planks, Gods & Queens & Radiation Black Body played Death by Audio (pics & video) "

by BBG

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.

Fresh off of wowing the crowd at Black Cobra, East of The Wall will support KEN Mode and Castevet at Acheron on August 17th.

Tombs have been added to the upcoming Black Army Jacket reunion at Cake Shop on Sept 4th. The show is just two weeks after the band plays Death By Audio on 8/22 with Planks.

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...

Continue reading "upcoming metal shows (and a chance to win tickets) "

by BBG

Tombs at Europa (more by Samantha Marble)

Tombs will hit the road with German hardcore band Planks for a string of dates leading up to an eventual headlining date at Death By Audio on August 22nd.

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...

Continue reading "Tombs & Planks - 2010 tour dates, videos & stuff"

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.

[ED: Make sure and catch the band at their last NYC shows this weekend! Tonight's show at Webster Hall (6/18) is soldout, but MHOW tomorrow (6/19) is still available]

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.

continued below...

Continue reading "an interview with Aaron Turner of Isis by Mike Hill (part 1) "

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...

Continue reading "Eyehategod, Brutal Truth, Nachtmystium, Black Anvil & Tombs played Europa in Brooklyn - pics & video"

by BBG

DOWNLOAD: Nachtmystium - "Every Last Drop" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nachtmystium - "Addicts" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nachtmystium - "No Funeral" (MP3)

Eyehategod at Europa (more by Samantha Marble)

Saturday (6/12) marks the massive Eyehategod / Brutal Truth / Nachtmystium / Black Anvil / Tombs show at Europa. The uber-stacked bill still has tickets available but if you are lucky, you can win one of FOUR sets for free! Details on how to win are at the bottom of this post.

Of all of the above touring bands, only Nachtmystium have a freshly minted album under their wings (Black Anvil's Triumvirate impacts on 9/28). The followup to the critical/fan smash Assassins: Black Meddle, the highly controversial LP Addicts: Black Meddle Part II, is out now via Century Media. Check out a few tracks from that LP available for download above.

In an recent interview that I did for Metalsucks, Blake Judd of Nachtmystium revealed that the Twilight project (featuring Aaron Turner of Isis, Sanford Parker of Minsk, N. Imperial of Kreig, Wrest of Leviathan, and Stavros Giannopolous of The Atlas Moth) was working on new material and might have a new member:

There are talks that somebody from Sonic Youth might be playing with us as well. Sanford's [Parker] partner is Jeremy Lemos. He's Sonic Youth's sound technician live. So we're pretty closely connected to them through him. Thurston Moore is a big black metal fan, so we've been in talks with him about getting him involved and doing something on the next record, which we're all really hoping will happen.
We'll see if that formulates. In the meantime, Nachmystium fans can nerd out by picking up the "White Powder not White Power" shirt via Shirts & Destroy (designed by Autarch of Lightning Swords Of Death).

Some videos and contest details are below...

Continue reading "Nachtmystium play w/ Eyehategod Saturday (WIN TIX), Thurston Moore to play on Twilight album? (not that Twilight!)"

words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble

Mike Hill, who wasn't the only guitarist in Tombs at SXSW...

While I was thrashing my rear off between the two stages at Mohawk on 3/17, Samantha Marble was also nodding away at the Relapse showcase at Red 7 down the street. She managed to capture shots of Kill The Client, Howl, Mammoth Grinder, Graves of Valor, and Tombs who were playing with a second guitarist (!) before scooting back to Mohawk to catch High on Fire (like I did). Ah, the lure of the Pike is just too great.

High on Fire's new album, Snakes For The Divine is out NOW, and the band is hitting the road with Bison BC, Priestess, and Black Cobra is celebration. Tickets are still available for the 4/9 date at Gramercy.

Tombs are scheduled to team up with a dream team of heavy music greats on 6/12, as Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, Brutal Truth, and Black Anvil will team up at Europa as part of a BV/Osiris production. Tickets are on sale monday (3/29) at noon.

More photos from Relapse & High on Fire are below...

Continue reading "High on Fire, Kill The Client, Howl, Mammoth Grinder, Graves of Valor & Tombs @ SXSW (pics) "

Eyehategod at Europa (more by Samantha Marble)

Eyehategod don't do small. First it was Goatwhore, Pig Destroyer and Strong Intention on a boat. Then it was Tombs, Howl, Unearthly Trance, and Strong Intention.

Now, BrooklynVegan and Osiris are proud to announce another unmissable lineup: Eyehategod with Brutal Truth, Nachtmystium, Black Anvil, and Tombs at Europa on June 12th! Ticket info is forthcoming, as well as their full US tour sked. Meanwhile, EHG is also scheduled to play Emo's in Austin on May 7th to perform all of In The Name of Suffering and Take As Needed For Pain. Drool.

Both EHG and Tombs are also playing MDF 2010 (which recently added Nirvana 2002 and Krallice). Tombs recently played the Relapse showcase at SXSW along with Voivod, Kill The Client, and many others. We have pics from that coming soon.

Black Anvil can be seen much sooner. They play NYC on TUESDAY (3/30) with Immortal at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Tickets are still available. The band recently finished tracking their new LP, Triumvirate. Want to win a pair of Immortal tickets? Details how are at the bottom of this post...

As previously discussed, Nachtmystium's Addicts: Black Meddle part II is on the way via Century Media. Look for it June 8th.

All currently announceed Eyehategod dates, some videos and the contest below...

Continue reading "Eyehategod playing NY w/ Brutal Truth, Nachtmystium, Tombs & Black Anvil (who play Brooklyn w/ Immortal - win tix) "

by BBG

Ludicra @ Santos (more here)

I guess dreams don't come true? Mayhem has cancelled all North American dates with Ludicra and Tombs, including the previously discussed show at Irving with Krallice. A statement from the band is forthcoming.

Ludicra is set to appear at Scion Rock Fest, and their new LP The Tenant will impact Profound Lore in March.

Tombs is scheduled to hit the road in March, tagging SXSW at Relapse's official showcase on 3/17 with Voivod, Howl, Graves of Valor, Kill The Client, Mammoth Grinder, and Brian Posehn. Flyer below...

Continue reading "Mayhem cancels entire upcoming North American tour"

words by BBG, photos by Brian Reilly

Battlefields, at war.

Brooklyn's own (and future Mayhem/Ludicra tourmates) Tombs crossed paths with the ongoing Translation Loss Tour featuring Rosetta, City of Ships, and Battlefields at Union Pool on Friday, 1/22. The show was a BV/1000 Knives production, one of two happening this past weekend (the second was Magrudergrind/Defeatist at Cake Shop on Saturday).

Every band impressed, though the clear crowd pleasers were repeat NYC offenders Tombs and Rosetta. City of Ships matched the intensity of Look What God Did To Us with an equally bombastic live show while opener Battlefields blew me away once channeled through a decent PA (as opposed to the DIY jump-offs I've recently seen them play on). Tombs gets more explosive with every time out, and Winter Hours favorites like "Filled With Secrets" were as resonant as they were pummeling.

At the show, Rosetta announced another upcoming NYC show in addition to their show with East of The Wall & Goes Cube at The Charleston on 2/19. Look for the band at Public Assembly on 3/28 with Starkweather and Junius.

More pictures and videos from Union Pool, below...

Continue reading "Tombs, Rosetta, Battlefields & City of Ships @ Union Pool in Brooklyn - pics & video"

by BBG

Mayhem at Irving Plaza (more by Paul Birman)

Mayhem. Krallice. Tombs. Ludicra. Each one of these four bands have delivered some of my favorite records and performances of the past few years. And now, all FOUR bands will team up for a tour and a NYC show TOGETHER! BrooklynVegan is beyond proud to present the return of Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem with Ludicra, Krallice, and Tombs at Irving Plaza on April 8th, one show of an overall US campaign to level the musical landscape of all suckas. NYC tickets will be on sale soon. Must.... calm... down..... excitement.... overtaking.....

In addition, we are happy to announce that Tombs honcho Mike Hill will pen a tour diary for BV along the way. You can see his prior dispatches from the road on his website or on Decibel's blog.

Of the participating bands, Ludicra is the only one with a new album imminent; make sure and pick up The Tenant via Profound Lore on 3/2 and dig on an interview that drummer Aesop Dekker did with Brandon Stosuy. Mayhem's last release was 2007's Ordo Ad Chao and both Krallice and Tombs released great LPs in 2009.

Many show going New Yorkers can attest to the greatness of this lineup, as all of these bands have played shows recently. Tombs played Union Pool on 1/22 with Rosetta, City of Ships and Battlefields (pics are on the way). Krallice just decimated the Knit with Crucifist. Ludicra beatdown Santos with John Cobbett's other project, Hammers of Misfortune. And of course Mayhem famously toured sans Marduk, but with Withered, Cephalic Carnage and others. That NYC show was also at Irving Plaza.

Ludicra is one of many bands on board for Scion Rock Fest 2010 in Columbus Ohio. Look for Tombs at SXSW this year.

Some videos of all bands, including a Tombs video from Union Pool, and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Krallice, Ludicra & Tombs touring w/ Mayhem - 2010 dates (BV Presents the NYC show at Irving Plaza) "

by BBG

Laura of Kylesa (more by Paul Birman)

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

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

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

by BBG

Dave Verellen of Narrows (more by Samantha Marble)

Another year gone, but not without lasting memories! Eyehategod (x2). Akitsa. Rorschach (x2). BV-BBG @ CMJ. Ludicra. BV @ Northside. Keelhaul... Not to mention the tons of memories jogged by my turntable and iPod. Estimates place the number of albums released in 2008 at 115,000, and while similar data for 2009 is scarce, I think that number seems on the low side. With so many to choose from, you can imagine that it was tough to sift through 20 (22 actually) that represented my year...

Continue reading "The Year in Metal (BBG's best of 2009)"

words by Ilya Blokh, photos by Jason Jamal Nakleh

Mike Armine of Rosetta with ppl rocking the f out.

Saturday (12/12) brought Tombs, Junius, Irepress and Rosetta to The Studio @ Webster Hall for a somewhat bizarre cross-section of heavy genres. Tombs are fresh off a month-long European tour promoting Winter Hours with Buried Inside, while Rosetta have just released a three-way split with Year Of No Light and (the newly revamped) East Of The Wall.

Rosetta opened the show with a mind-blowing set - easily the highlight of the show. Their vast, powerful, and almost nautical sound reminds me a lot of Russian Circles. The singer, Mike, was clearly not a fan of the stage and spent most of his time down on the floor with the crowd - always a welcome gesture. The crowning moment was when the audience literally peer pressured the guys into playing an encore - it's always great to see this sort of connection between band and fans. Can't wait for their next show in January with Tombs, Battlefields and City of Ships.

Next up were Irepress. Instead of focusing on a coherent sound, they threw a pile of disconnected elements - dance beats, proggy guitar noodling and some basic breakdowns - on top of each other, in a quantity over quality approach. Why have a keyboardist if he spends most of the show playing air drums? In any case, part of the crowd was clearly into it and there was a decent amount of "dancing", including a strangely epileptic mix of drum'n'bass moves and flying kicks.

Junius played next, with a heavier take on the old goth/darkwave sound that moved from straight pop songs to darker and more complex pieces, straying even into some Radiohead'ish moments. Not my cup of tea really, but it was well put together, soothing and a nice break before the last band.

The excellent sound at Webster Hall was a good match for Tombs' wall-of-sound approach, which tends to get lost on sub-par sound systems. Easily the most consistent and hard-working band in the NYC scene, the guys tore through a solid set with their trademark, all-business approach (have you ever seen one of them smile?) which, as always, ended with at least one band member smashing their instrument on the ground. They are at their best when the drums slow down and a little groove enters the mix and hopefully we'll see more of that in the future.

More pictures from the show are below...

Continue reading "Tombs, Rosetta & friends @ The Studio @ Webster Hall - pics"

by BBG

Tombs at Cake Shop (more by Samantha Marble)

As previously discussed, Tombs will do battle with Rosetta, Irepress, and Junius at the Studio @ Webster Hall today (Saturday, 12/12, tix here), but that isn't the only show scheduled for the Brooklyn killers/year-end list toppers.

BrooklynVegan is proud to present Tombs with Rosetta, City of Ships, and Battlefields at Union Pool on January 22nd in association with our friends at 1000 Knives. Flyer for that show is below.

In other Rosetta news, the band recently dropped a three way split with Year of No Light and East Of The Wall on Translation Loss. Pick that up here. The East of The Wall lineup on the split differs slightly from the lineup today:

EAST OF THE WALL is excited to announce its new lineup. Joining the band are guitarist Chris Alfano and drummer Seth Rheam. Both played in the band Biclops with EAST OF THE WALL bassist Brett Bamberger and guitarist Kevin Conway. Due to the merging of the two bands' lineups, all music created by the aforementioned collective, along with guitarist Matt Lupo, will be released under the name EAST OF THE WALL. This will include the release of the groups next record, Ressentiment, due out next summer through Translation Loss Records.

With this lineup change, EAST OF THE WALL has parted ways with original drummer Mike Somers. The band would like to thank Mike for his outstanding musicianship and hard work since the inception of the band.
More on the band merger here.

January is turning out to be a nutso month, with the previously announced Magrudergrind/Defeatist show at Cake Shop and HopeCon/Blacklisted at Cake Shop (TICKETS), not to mention the previously discussed Disembodied show at Santos.

Rosetta/Battlefields/City of Ships & East of The Wall dates, along with the Tombs flyer, below...

Continue reading "Rosetta touring w/ Battlefields (dates), playing NYC show w/ Tombs (BV presents), released split w/ Year of No Light"

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

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

Continue reading "Decibel's Top 40 Metal Albums of 2009 "

words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble


Eyehategod was back to it's old tomfoolery at Europa on 10/26, just two days after they done-gone-and nearly sunk the Temptress with Goatwhore, Pig Destroyer, and Strong Intention (figuratively speaking, of course). The band was greeted by a sold out house and a similarly killer lineup at Europa, with BV faves Unearthly Trance, Tombs, and Howl, and accompanying tourmates Strong Intention in Greenpoint.

In between cigarettes, snot rockets, cigarettes, spitting, and more cigarettes, Eyehategod cranked out a booming set that added insult to injury; classics like "Dixie Whiskey" were piled on to "Sister Fucker (Part I)" and magnificent renditions of "$30 Bag". Powerful riffs were mimed with open mouths. Fists were raised. This was a killer set, and I'm pretty sure that everyone there enjoyed it as thoroughly as I did.

There were moments during the show when I got the impression that Eyehategod didn't have a 100% comfort level with each other on stage; song starts/stops seemed carefully coordinated between band members with deliberate, darting looks and nods. If anything, that makes their performance all the more impressive; once they did hit that first note, EHG would settle into a decimating and singular groove. Absolutely riveting.

More pictures from the show below...

Continue reading "Eyehategod, Howl, Tombs, Unearthly Trance & Strong Intention @ Europa in Brooklyn - pics"

by Black Bubblegum


First there was one, and now there are TWO. Eyehategod has added a SECOND NYC show, this time in Brooklyn at Europa on 10/26 with Strong Intention, as well as Unearthly Trance, Tombs and Howl. Tickets are on sale

The previously announced 10/24 show on the boat is with the unfucwitable support of Pig Destroyer and Goatwhore. Tickets are also still available for that. I'm going to both, damnit.

Three days before the Europa show, Howl can also be found at Fontana's for the BV-BBG/Relapse Records CMJ showcase.

In related news, Chrome Peeler Records will release a limited to 500 pressing of a 7" featuring EHG vocalist Mike Williams doing spoken word over power electronics.

COMING SOON: MIKE IX AND THE SOUTHERN NIHILISM FRONT SPOKEN WORD/POWER ELECTRONICS 7" ON CHROME PEELER RECORDS. Side Zero: 'Thats What the Obituary Said' a spoken prose piece with ambient backing by Ryan (The Guilt Of...)McKern, The other Side Zero: 'Ten Suicides' originally a Bloodyminded track with vocal by Mike IX Williams and now newly re-mixed by Mark Solotroff (Intrinsic Action/Bloodyminded). Original artwork by Mike IX. Colored vinyl and poster included!
Preorder that badboy here.

Full EHG tour dates and a few videos are below...

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by Black Bubblegum


They say that the clothes make the man, but in the music world, the drummer makes the band. That's the only way to explain the string of successes that have followed Dave Witte since he first sat behind the kit as a member of the influential yet under-appreciated Human Remains. Since then, Witte has played with some of the greatest bands in the heavy underground, laying the back beat to names as powerful as Municipal Waste, Discordance Axis, Anodyne, Black Army Jacket, Melt Banana, and we can't forget about Burnt By The Sun.

Burnt By The Sun recently released their swansong, Heart of Darkness, via Relapse Records. In celebration of this last LP, the band will embark on final tour of Europe in October with only one US date scheduled: October 2nd at Cake Shop with Tombs, Black Anvil, Bloodhorse, and Torchbearer. Considering the band members' current undertakings, it isn't out the question to say that this could be their last show for a very very long time.

With that as a primer, I fired some questions at Dave Witte about Municipal Waste, the end of Burnt By The Sun, and the possiblity of him returning to the kit for Human Remains, Discordance Axis or Black Army Jacket. The conversation is below....

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by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Cannabis Corpse - "Shit of Pot Seeds" (MP3)

Tombs @ Gramercy (more by Chris La Putt)

The killer Burnt By The Sun / Tombs / Black Anvil / Bloodhorse / Torchbearer rockstravaganza blasts off TOMORROW (10/2) at the motherlovin' Cake Shop, but if you were to have to miss Friday (why?), luckily, another Tombs show is right around the corner. (BBTS, that's another story... )

After supporting gigs with the likes of Marduk, Isis and Pelican, and Genghis Tron, Tombs have scheduled a headlining show of their own at The Studio @ Webster Hall with star-gazing post-metallers Rosetta, the emo-meets-Isis stylings of Junius, and the ever-technical Irepress. Tickets are on sale. Yikes! 'Tis a good 'un.

Tombs play Richmond tonight with Cannabis Corpse and Infernal Stronghold, a pairing that will hit NYC on Saturday (10/2)! Cannabis Corpse plays ABC No Rio during the day and then hits The Charleston with Infernal Stronghold that night. We premiered two new tracks from Infernal Stronghold, and now you can check out a new song from Cannabis Corpse's EP The Weeding available above!

BBTS/Tombs extravaganza isn't the only massive show of the weekend. BV is also proud to present Woe, Aluk Todolo, Malkuth and Castevet at Union Pool on 10/4! It's only $8 to get in, but a lucky TWO WINNERS will receive a pair of tickets gratis! Just email us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the subject line of "Woe is ME!" (include your first and last name).

Rosetta is preparing to release a three way split with the awesome Year of No Light and East Of The Wall on Translation Loss. Preorder that bad boy here. Irepress recently released Sol Eye Sea I on the same label.

Junius is currently offering their new LP for free in digital form and on pre order in the physical

Full Tombs and Cannabis Corpse tour dates and an awesome Cannabis Corpse video is below!

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