Entries tagged with: Trenchgrinder
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
UK-based metal supergroup Tau Cross, which features Amebix bassist/vocalist Rob "The Baron" Miller and Voivod drummer Michel Langevin, are coming over to play shows in the US for the first time ever. Their tour behind their stellar self-titled 2015 debut takes them through NYC for a show at The Acheron on April 9 with solid support from Morne and Trenchgrinder. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Stream Tau Cross and check out all tour dates below...
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Vattnet Viskar at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
It's the holiday season, and what better way to give back than talking about a shit ton of metal. Our metal sister site Invisible Oranges is deep into top 10 season, with a number of individual writer lists posted (including one by yours truly) and still more to come. And for those of you in NYC, there's always a ton of metal tours passing through and other heavy shows happening here. We don't get to post about every single one, so here's a roundup of some cool stuff on the horizon that we've missed:
Abigail Williams, who released the great black metal album The Accuser this year, are touring with a band that they probably would've fit better with in their earlier days, classically-tinged tech-death band Fleshgod Apocalypse. The tour hits NYC at Gramercy Theatre on February 12, and also includes Carach Angren. Tickets are on sale, and all dates are listed below.
Fellow practitioners of technical death metal Rivers of Nihil are heading out on a tour of their own, with support from Black Fast and Dark Sermon. That tour will hit NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on February 19, and tickets are on sale now. Dates below.
Norwegian black metal band Taake is going on a loaded tour with crusty hardcore band Young and In the Way and USBMers Vattnet Viskar. That tour will stop in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on March 5 with local support from Trenchgrinder. Tickets are on sale now. Dates below.
We already mentioned the Coffins show on February 15 at Saint Vitus, but since our last mention the great death/thrash band Noisem have been added as openers for that show, as were Ilsa. Tickets are still available. Noisem were also just announced for Decibel's Philly fest with Dying Fetus, Horrendous, and more.
Local rippers Meek is Murder have a show coming up at Saint Vitus February 4 with Moon Tooth, The Netherlands and Godmaker (tickets). And it's not exactly metal, but local noise/jazz/generally loud weirdos Zevious also play Saint Vitus on January 10 with Red Reiter and Needle Driver (tickets).
The Acheron is hosting a couple cool hardcore shows, including a show TONIGHT (12/18) with locals La Misma, No Time, S.L.I.P., The Brass and No Parole (tickets). Then Detroit hardcore band Freedom will stop by for a show on January 6 with Forced Order, NYC Headhunters, Manipulate and Impact (tickets).
Now on to the reminders. Baroness just started streaming their excellent new Purple LP, and they've got two NYC shows coming up on Sunday (12/20). They're playing an afternoon show at Rough Trade which you have to buy Purple at the Williamsburg Rough Trade store to get in to, and that evening they have a sold-out show at Saint Vitus with Earthling.
These are far from the only cool shows coming up at Saint Vitus. The Brooklyn venue also hosts two sold-out shows on January 8-9 by Russian Circles, Wildhoney, and Cloakroom. The "Aural Hellfire" tour of 1349, Tombs and Full of Hell stops by on January 11 (tickets). And then Bell Witch and Wrekmeister Harmonies will bring their slow, sad, scary live experience to Saint Vitus on February 23 (tickets).
Clutch are about to embark on their quick holiday tour with Valkyrie and Crobot that includes a NYC stop at Terminal 5 on December 29 (tickets). Tech-death crew Nile are coming through for a show at Gramercy Theatre on January 14 with Day of Doom (tickets).
Like your metal more from classics from the early '90s (or a little earlier)? Don't forget about that amazing Melvins, Napalm Death and Melt Banana tour; or the Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation tour; or the Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy and Abysmal Dawn tour.
Prefer your metal even more classic? You're covered. Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Black Sabbath (not to mention Mac Sabbath), Slayer (with Testament and Carcass), AC/DC, Venom, Inc., and Anthrax* all have NYC dates coming up. What a time.
* - That Anthrax tour is with Lamb of God headlining, and most excitingly with Deafheaven and Power Trip opening. You can still get tickets for NYC.
Finally, and totally arbitrarily in its finality, there's that cool Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells tour coming to Gramercy Theatre on February 7 (tickets), and on the lighter side there's the Sun Kil Moon & Jesu show at MHOW on February 26 (tickets).
Don't forget to check out those top 10 lists on IO. What else?
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
San Francisco's Vastum traffic in slow, down-tuned death metal about sex. If the first single from their upcoming album Hole Below, out November 6 on 20 Buck Spin, is any indication, this isn't changing any time soon. The song is called "Sodomitic Malevolence," and its a typically gnarled, brutal entry in Vastum's catalogue. Its heavy on the double-bass, grotesque lyrics, and general air of dread that has pervaded everything they've done. It's pretty great, and you can stream it below.
Vastum are going on a quick run of east coast dates that will take them through NYC to play The Acheron on November 5 with Trenchgrinder. That show will also feature support from Infernal Stronghold and Coagula, and they're billing it as a Martyrdoom Fest pre-party. Tickets are on sale now.
Check "Sodomitic Malevolence" and upcoming dates for Vastum and Trenchgrinder below...
photos by Mathieu Bredeau
Brooklyn sludge band Unearthly Trance ended a three-year hiatus earlier this year, and they got right back into playing shows all the time. One happened July 17 at the Acheron with support from Trenchgrinder and Belus, and we've got pictures of this one in this post.
The next one is TONIGHT (8/14) at Saint Vitus with Gnaw, StatiqBloom and Forced. French band Monarch were supposed to play but they dropped off. Tickets will be available at the door.
More pictures below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Meek Is Murder at Cake Shop in 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Plenty of great metal, hardcore, and other heavy NYC shows are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some of the recently-announced stuff coming up:
Ohio metallic hardcore band Enabler and Brooklyn mathcore trio Meek Is Murder (who currently share drummer Frank Godla) are going on a tour this June which ends in Meek Is Murder's hometown on June 14 at the Acheron. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but should be soon via Ticketfly. All dates are listed below.
Enabler are planning to release their new album Fail to Feel Safe this year via Century Media (release date TBA), and Meek Is Murder's new LP, Onward/Into the Sun, comes out May 5 via Rising Pulse Records. You can hear the killer single "Onward Toward A Red Horizon" below (via VICE), and the whole album can be previewed at the listening party TONIGHT (4/24) at Over the Eight in Williamsburg for MetalSucks and Metal Injection's Heavy Metal Happy Hour.
Brooklyn sludge weirdos Unearthly Trance have been broken up since 2012 (though members continued on in Serpentine Path), but they're now ready to come out of hibernation to release a new album on Relapse Records and play shows again. So far they have two hometown shows announced. They open the Samothrace show at Saint Vitus on May 24 with Trenchgrinder and Beefrot (tickets); and also play Acheron on July 17 with Churchburn and Belus (ticket info TBA).
The genre-crossing Kayo Dot have a Brooklyn show happening May 21 at The Paper Box with Hex Inverter, Disparager and Kevin Hufnagel (tickets). Frontman Toby Driver also has his Stone residency coming up in August.
Ontario hardcore band Born Wrong have a new album and touring plans on the way, but most of that is still TBA. Meanwhile, they do have one show coming up, which happens in Brooklyn on May 9 at Acheron with local hardcore band Creeping Dose (whose new 7" Filth Is Power is out now) headlining, as well as Mommy, Pleasure Industry and Dilate. Tickets are on sale. We haven't heard anything from the new record yet, but if last year's angry, uncompromising Art District EP and the prior year's Holding Cell EP are anything to go by, we have high hopes. Stream those below.
Industrial one-man band Author & Punisher plays Fat Baby on May 7 with SpeakOnion, Digit216, Theologian and Bruzed (tickets).
Noisem, who will be in NYC in June on their tour with Iron Reagan, recently detailed their new album and released two songs. Blossoming Decay will be out June 6 via A389, and you can listen to the 2-minute hardcore rippers "1132" and "Graining Enamel," below. A third brand new track, "Replant and Repress," is streaming at Punk News.
KEN mode, who will play NYC in June with Fight Amp, Pyrrhon and Couch Slut, shared a second track from their upcoming Steve Albini-reocrded album, Success (due 6/16 via Season of Mist). Like the first single, "These Tight Jeans" is a workout in AmRep-style post-hardcore, and you can listen below (via NPR).
Other previously-mentioned heavy NYC shows include Slayer with King Diamond and Code Orange, Slayer on their own, Nuclear Assault (final tour) / Murphy's Law / Whiplash, The Flex / Red Death, Vattnet Viskar, Horrendous, Wolfbrigade, Arabrot / Pinkish Black, Goatwhore / Ringworm / Black Breath / Theories, Crowbar / Lord Dying, Misery Index / Lord Dying, Bongzilla / Crypt Sermon / Hasj, Conan / Mantar, Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Prmitive Weapons, Today Is the Day, Elder / Kings Destroy / Apostle of Solitude, Repulsion, Ufomammut, and still many more.
Not about a show, but earlier this week we premiered a new song from NWOBHM vets Raven, called "Fight," over at Invisible Oranges. If you're into that, you may also be into reading IO's recent piece, "British Steel & Iron Maiden: 35 Years Later."
Last but definitely not least, Sweden's Tribulation released their death-metal-meets-classic-rock album The Children Of The Night this week on Century Media, and then put out the video for its opening track, "Strange Gateways Beckon." Watch that below.
photo: Morne at Europa in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Boston crust-sludgesters Morne haven't released an album since 2013's Shadows, but that will change on March 1 when they put out The Coming of Winter: An Official Bootleg, a recording of a hometown show from December 2014. The band says, "This recording is a document of our Boston performance from December 2014. This is not a shimmering professional recording. It is raw, heavy and brooding. It is an unbiased representation of what we feel encompasses the experience of seeing Morne live, and we are very pleased to present it to you." Listen to the 11-plus minute recording of "New Dawn" below, and grab a free download of it at bandcamp.
Morne will hit the road again for a short Northeast tour in March which begins in NYC on March 26 at Acheron with crust-deathers Trenchgrinder and metallic hardcore band Sangharsha. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Trenchgrinder also just dropped a new three-song demo last week, which you can stream, along with the list of dates, the Morne song, tour flyer and Acheron show flyer, below...
by Ian Chainey
As discussed, Brooklyn's Burning Volume 1 is set to ignite on September 19 and September 20. The two-day event takes place at the Acheron (9/19) and The Wick (9/20) and features a killer lineup of crust, d-beat, and punk heavies including the legendary Doom playing both nights. The UK crusties released Corrupt Fucking System back in December and digitally re-released the Doomed Again compilation in April. You can get your dose of Doom with full streams of both below. In addition, the band has announced they're working on new material, per their Facebook: "Coming along nicely. All sound totally different but still sound like doom, not sure how that works...but it does." With that, let's break down the rest of the bands.
The festivities begin Friday, September 19 at the Acheron (tickets). In addition to Doom, attendees will get the scuzzy psych punk of Lecherous Gaze. The Annihilation Time/Witch/Saviours-related Oakland group -- who will also be joining the packed bill at Uninvited Fest -- released Zeta Reticuli Blues this year on Tee Pee Records, a fun romp through acid-saturated heavy rock and proto-punk filtered through an SST-centric vibe. They'll be joined by Boston's Aspects of War, a d-beat lover's dream that have been building quite the fanbase based on their demos. Finally, New Jersey's Razorheads will supply an ultra-distorted wallop that mixes d-beat rhythms with a penchant for tinnitus-inducing noise.
The Wick's night on Saturday, September 20 (tickets) brings in Oi!-sters Hard Skin, a band including internet-infamous Sean "Fat Bob" Forbes. The outfit plays rowdy anthems that subtly play around with what their punk can be. For instance, the alt-version of last year's On the Balls titled Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear handed over vocal duties to a number of unexpected guests including Joanna Newsom. Their showmates include Oakland's Kicker -- featuring members of Neurosis, Filth, and Dystopia -- who are just as fun and are working on a follow-up to their Tankcrimes-released pure punk rager Not You. Pittsburgh's EEL, on the other hand, add all manner of powerelectronics adornments to their punk, creating quite a squall. Their new Endless Fucker LP is a highlight for those who like it loud. Brooklyn's Nomad operate in the same frame of mind, giving the noisecore of Japanese deafeners a U.S. take. San Francisco's Crimson Scarlet respin anarcho punk with a deathrock sensibility, releasing the texturally intriguing Athens Cave Sessions back in June. And Trenchgrinder infuse Brooklyn's Burning with a metal flavor. They shook speakers on their January split with Skullshitter that fused thrash, Bolt Thrower-esque chugs, and grindy crust.
The show flyers along with streams from the bands appear below...
by Ian Chainey
Mastodon at Terminal 5, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Big membership shake-ups for old-guy thrashers: Exodus said farewell to singer Rob Dukes and welcomed Steve "Zetro" Souza back into the fold. This is Zetro's third stint with the Bay Area band. Before the reintroduction, he was biding his time in Hatriot, which is a music group and not what happens during a rowdy Lids sale. Stream a Zetro-era Exodus classic below. Elsewhere, ex-Slayer Dave Lombardo is suddenly in Amen. The Los Angeles punk outfit just turned 20 and is back in the studio with Ross Robinson.
Ultra-heavy doomers Yob have released more details regarding their forthcoming Neurot release. Clearing The Path To Ascend (also what my bud calls his weed ritual) now has pretty neat cover art and a track listing. In addition, the mad triffid Botanist will hammer away at VI: Flora on August 11 via The Flenser. What's the drunkest instrument? A hammered dulcimer, of course. Stop booing. Art and tracks are down below.
A few groups are hitting the road. Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, and Black Anvil will be setting out on a nationwide roadtrip in September. Plus, you can finally break the seal on your 2015 planner. The melodeath -- and spellcheck infuriating -- Dark Tranquillity and Insomnium are heading to the US in January. They'll play NYC's Gramercy Theatre on January 4. Tickets are will be on sale soon. All of the dates appear below.
Can't make it to a fest this weekend? You can live vicariously through some YouTube sets. (And have easier access to a bathroom, that can't be understated.) Opeth's full performance from Rock am Ring in Germany is up. And snippets of Emperor at Sweden Rock Festival have made their way online, too. It's the black metallers first live gig since 2007 and they closed it out in style by killing a Bathory cover. Both are available below.
Finally, progsters Between the Buried and Me explained why you won't hear old songs on tour:
Unfortunately, when we add some of the more obscure older songs to our set, they either detract from the flow of the show, or just generally go over like a wet fart at a funeral. So to sum it up and get crazy specific, you will still likely hear Mordecai or Selkies on occasion. Maybe even a couple others. But if you want us to play Naked By the Computer or Destructo Spin, you may have to wait until our reunion tour.So. . .no "Freebird"?
Don't forget to 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.
A few new flicks are out for your viewing pleasure. The post-punk Beastmilk have gone the creep-o propaganda route with their visual accompaniment to "The Wind Blows Through Their Skulls." (Also how Shakespeare described burping.) And Eyehategod have cut a clip for "Medicine Noose." Reminder, you can catch Eyehategod on the absurdly loaded July 15 show at the Acheron that includes Iron Reagan, Vektor, and Strong Intentions (tickets). All eye candy is below.
As for the streams, blackened sludge slingers Goatwhore check in again with "Schadenfreude" from Constricting Rage Of The Merciless (July 8, Metal Blade - preorder). Origin have put up a lyric video for "Absurdity Of What I Am" (hint: it's tech widdles) from Omnipresent (July 8, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Both bands will be on the Summer Slaughter tour.
Mutilation Rites thrash the hell out of "Contaminate" from Harbinger (July 22, Prosthetic Records - preorder). Mutilation Rites will also be playing Obnoxious Noise Fest 2014 on August 9 at Even Flow Bar & Grill in Bay Shore with Malignancy, Pyrrhon (Doug, come home), Artificial Brain, and more. Tickets are $20 at the door. The full lineup for that one is down below.
More: Icelandic cowboys Solstafir have posted the title track from Ótta (September 2, Season of Mist - preorder). Nasty cult death metallers Nunslaughter hammered out "Three Nails, One Liar," pulled off of the double disc Angelic Dread (June 24, Hells Headbangers - preorder). Blackened doom pack Wolvhammer dropped "The Desanctification" from Clawing Into Black Sun (July 8, Profound Lore). The blackened Bastard Sapling, featuring members of Windhand, are streaming "Lantern At the End of Time" on NPR. Instinct is Forever, their dual disc full-length, will be out August 26 via Forcefield Records. Check out all the brand new things below.
For full albums, genre chameleons Boris are offering the entirety of Noise on NPR (June 17, Sargent House - preorder). Boris will be touring with Atlas Moth and SubRosa soon. Stoners Wo Fat want you to take a toke of The Conjuring (June 17, Small Stone Recordings - preorder). And the powerviolence kick-puncher Boddicker -- who just started their tour with Nuclear Hellfrost -- have stuck all of Crime Upheaval up on Bandcamp. Scope Wo Fat and Boddicker below.
Lastly, for little guys and oddities, we got a new Black Sabbath funk take from Brown Sabbath and Ending Quest took a streamroller to OSDM. Both are below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (6/13): The crushing Trenchgrinder, Death of Kings, Vermefug, and Drones for Queens will shake the Acheron (tickets).
TOMORROW (6/14): Looking for an eclectic collection? How about drone, noise, folk, and death metal? Marissa Nadler, PHARMAKON, Youth Code, Pyrrhon (Another Doug sighting, take a shot), and Couch Slut play Saint Vitus as part of Pitchfork's Northside Festival showcase (tickets). Wanna go noisier? Erroraeon, xiphoid dementia, Bereft, and Penchant are over at the Acheron (tickets).
SUNDAY (6/15): Take your pops to a black metal show for Father's Day. Watain, Kosmodemonic, and T.O.M.B. are at Brooklyn Bazaar (tickets). If you're more into punk, there's Violent Bullshit at the Grand Victory. Tickets are $8 at the door, doors are at 2 PM. Finally, there's the sold out Chain Of Strength, Turnstile, MINDSET, Praise, and Caught In A Crowd over at the Acheron. Hey, click faster next time.
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let's talk IO: It was an incredibly stacked week for new releases and Upcoming Metal Releases gave you the lowdown on which ones to buy. We also streamed new stuff from Chicago's doomy Novembers Doom and Norway's Brutal Blues, who are, uh, grind. We also premiered the front-runner for band name of the year with Denmark's Piss Vortex. (Yeah, we streamed Piss Vortex. Laugh it up, get it out of your system.) Great chats were had with Watain's Erik Danielsson and Greyhaze Record's J. Neto, the latter of which gave us a lesson on Brazilian metal just in time for the World Cup. Speaking of, Wyatt also dropped Stream in the Northern Sky #4 with an all U-S-A U-S-A U-S-A collection of patriotic blarghers. And, finally, we posted the final part of Avinash Mittur's crazy-deep look at the Bay Area metal scene.
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.
And try to avoid Camp Crystal Lake today, okay?
by Wyatt Marshall
Noothgrush at Power of the Riff in San Francisco in 2011 (more by Taylor Keahey)
The Oakland sludge band Noothgrush--yes, named for Dr. Seuss's "little prismatic stoner imp who takes over your toothbrush"--recently released an LP of covers titled Uncovered Failures. On that LP you'll find covers of Pink Floyd, Celtic Frost, a John Willams/Styx mash up, and Duran Duran (who are also being honored with a tribute LP). Pretty safe bet this locks up the coveted grind cover album of the year award--hell, the thing opens with a Laura Branigan cover. So that rules. (Order yours from Choking Hazard.)
Noothgrush will be playing a few dates this summer, including two in NYC. First they play July 31 at Union Pool with Trenchgrinder and Uniform and then again on August 2 at the Acheron with Ruine, Grudges and Show of Bedlam. Tickets for the show at the Acheron and tickets for the show at Union Pool are on sale now.
That Acheron show will be Ruine's first show ever--the NYC band features members of NYC black metal band Mutilation Rites (who just released a song and are touring) and grind band Magrudergrind, and delivers a hulking, torturous take on doom. Listen to a track below.
All Noothgrush dates are listed, along with that Ruine stream, below...
by Ian Chainey
Fresh off of their West Coast tour, Philly street punks The Virus will soon be hitting the road again, accompanied by the complementary Who Killed Spikey Jacket? from Boston. Reformed in 2013 after a nine year break, The Virus' spirited smokers often incite sublime sing-a-longs. Led by the charismatic Mike Virus, also of Cheap Sex, the group continues to balance working-class muscle with anthemic songs that force their themes to stay bottled-up inside your head for days. After a proceeding Boston date, The Virus will infect NYC at The Acheron on June 9. (Tickets.) The bill includes the in-demand Creeping Dose, who are also playing the upcoming EU's Arse show at the same venue, plus other support slots to be announced.
If The Virus have got you in the mood to still fight for a future, the legendary Casualties are definitely worth the expended energy. The 24 year old NYC institution have some shows coming up this year, and though none in their hometown are announced at the moment, they'll be nearby for a Poughkeepsie show on July 11 at The Loft. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All of their dates are listed below.
Core more your score? If you missed Breakdown in its O.G., demo-days incarnation at the 2013 Black n' Blue Bowl (and, heads up, 2014's BNB Bowl is fast approaching), the Yonkers crew has two upcoming concerts on the horizon. The first is June 20 at Saint Vitus, opened by White Widows Pact, Manipulate, and Heavy Chains. (Tickets.) The second comes a day later in Asbury Park, New Jersey, subbing Manipulate for Born Annoying, No One Rules, and Altered Boys.
Speaking of the latter, Altered Boys' May 24 is looking busy. Not only will they be appearing at the Violent Reaction show at The Acheron, but they're included on a matinee bill that same Saturday at Saint Vitus with Left for Dead and Jukai. (Tickets.) Hey, if you're going to play one show, you might as well make a day of it, right? Still, to prove their van skills aren't rusty, the Boys will shoot out to sunny California in the beginning of June. Their dates are listed below.
UK crust vets Extinction of Mankind recently announced a North American tour, and though the venue was still TBA when we first posted, we now know the NYC show will be at Acheron on May 29. The rest of the bill includes Aspects of War, Trenchgrinder and The Brood. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Another hardcore band (and Black & Blue Bowl alumni) DYS, one of the many bands of Dave Smalley (Down By Law, All, Dag Nasty), are playing a Long Island one-off on May 25 at Even Flow with Live Fast Die Fast, Gutterlife, The Muckrakers and No Control. All (though not with Smalley) are also confirmed for this year's Riot Fests in Denver and Chicago.
Another punk band (who have more in common with All than DYS), The Queers, have scheduled a few shows with Italy's The Manges, including a small one in NYC happening on June 4 at Grand Victory. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
And last but not least, a much different kind of punk (but no doubt a legend), Cheetah Chrome of the pioneering Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs, will play a free NYC show on Saturday (5/17) at The Delancey with The Nuclears. Cheetah will be joined by Paul Burch for his set. They go on at 10 PM. Cheetah and Paul also play another free show the next night at The Treehouse at 2A (25 Ave A) with Kevn Kinney (of Drivin' N' Cryin'), Bethany Saint-Smith & The Gun Show and Cariad Harmon.
All lists of dates, with some song streams, below...
words by Doug Moore; photos by Drew Gurian, videos by unARTigNYC & Frank Huang
Pig Destroyer @ Saint Vitus -- 1/11/13
Our latest BrooklynVegan (and Invisible Oranges)-curated installment of Red Bull Sound Select went down at Saint Vitus on Saturday night (1/11) with Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain, hosted by Dave Hill. Steady rain in the late afternoon and early evening didn't keep Saint Vitus from filling up almost immediately, and the bands raged just as hard as we expected. From our IO writeup:
Mother Brain's new two-man format only intensifies the lean mayhem of their live delivery. Trenchgrinder have an Asphyx-esque gift for making their one-guitar death metal sound bigger than most bands with two axes can. Dysrhythmia are the most impossibly tight live metal act in New York City, which says something given the number of shred-inclined bands based here. And Pig Destroyer were Pig Destroyer, if a bit thicker and heavier for the addition of John Jarvis on bass. People go wild for that band, and for good reason. Opening with "Hymn" from the Benümb split: awesome curveball.Photos and full-set vids of every band (Dave Hill's taint-filled intros included) are in this post. Thanks to everyone who came out; hopefully you had just as much fun as we did.
NYC Red Bull Sound Select shows happen every month and this year are curated by either BrooklynVegan, Afropunk, or Giant Step. The same happens in other cities, like the upcoming Earthless, Destruction Unit, Yakuza & Running show in Chicago. Stay tuned for our next BV one which is coming in April.
More pictures, videos and another look at the El Jefe-designed poster, below (and some really big versions of the photos at the BV Facebook too)...
By Doug Moore
As we've established, it's thoroughly unpleasant outside, but metal bands are cool with that. It's been a couple of weeks since we've done this, so let's get up to speed:
Though long-running Christ-metallers Stryper have postponed their aforementioned Stage 48 show tomorrow night, the other NYC heavy shows this weekend have endured. Californian sludge two-piece Black Cobra made it into town in time to hit Saint Vitus tonight (1/3) along with locals Meek Is Murder, Blackout, & Throaat. Avant-garde heavies Kayo Dot are also sticking with their announced Trans-Pecos show with Lussuria & Jeremiah Cymerman tonight.
Both Kayo Dot and Throaat have announced other local shows, too -- the former will do double snow duty by playing a last-minute show tomorrow night (1/4) at Saint Vitus along with my buds in Imperial Triumphant & a solo ukulele performance by Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Vaura, etc.). Tickets are on sale. Meanwhile, Throaat will be joining fellow locals Trenchgrinder & Yellow Eyes for a FREE show at the Acheron on 1/28 (which is a birthday celebration for wide-ranging metal writer & occasional BV contributor Kim Kelly). Finally, brutal progsters/local live faves Child Abuse have announced a local gig at the Silent Barn on Monday (1/6) along with I Don't Hear Nothin' But the Blues (feat. Mick Barr of Krallice), Nebadon, & savage Minneapolis noise rockers Weakwick.
Some other noteworthy developments from the past week and change:
The great, resurrected Floridian deathgrind band Maruta has released a new video from their underrated 2011 album Forward Into Regression, which you can watch below. Ex-Discordance Axis grinders Gridlink have debuted the first 'single' (read: minute-long grind jam) from their upcoming farewell album; you can stream that below as well, or download it (with a bunch of other goodies) from Invisible Oranges. In a somewhat more gossipy development, Jef Whitehead (Leviathan)'s gender-bending, totally NSFW art for the upcoming third Lord Mantis album is causing a stir, thanks in no small part to the fallout from Whitehead's notorious 2011 altercation with his then-girlfriend. (Whitehead was initially charged with 34 raps of various descriptions, but was eventually cleared of all but one and ended up with a few years of probation.)
We're gradually emerging from holiday mode over at Invisible Oranges; it's important to pace yourself. We did take an in-depth look at the rather un-heavy new Alcest album today, though. (Stream a tune from that below as well.) We'll be back on East Village Radio this coming Tuesday at 10pm, too, where we'll no doubt be getting stoked for next Saturday (1/11)'s IO-presented Pig Destroyer/Dysrhythmia/Trenchgrinder/Mother Brain Vitus lineup.
Keep an eye on our NYC metal show calendar for the latest. What have I missed?
by Doug Moore
What are you doing on January 11, 2014? What's that? You can't plan things that far in advance? Welp, you have a plan now: Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain are playing a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Saint Vitus. The very funny Dave Hill is hosting. Entrance will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). There is a 100% chance that it will be an utter shit show.
Pig Destroyer fully deserve their reputation as modern grindcore's most vital band; this show will mark their first NYC appearance with new (and first-ever!) bassist Scott Jarvis in the lineup. Dysrhythmia, who may well put on the most thrilling live show of any New York metal band, will put in a breather set (kinda, sorta, not really) between Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston's touring duties with Gorguts, whose Colored Sands is deservedly among the most acclaimed metal albums of 2013. Fellow locals Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain will deliver dirty death metal and maniacal grind, respectively -- both bands work hard and shred harder.
This is the first IO-curated Red Bull Sound Select show, but it's the third BV-curated one overall; our previous installments included Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.
I seriously could not be more stoked about this lineup. Clear your calendars and stream music by all four bands below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Black Tusk at the Studio at Webster Hall, in May (more by Keith Marlowe)
East Williamsburg's metal and hardcore venue of record, the Acheron, is heading down to Mexico to host a two day festival, the first annual Acheron D-Fest on February 14 and 15 at Club Bombay in Mexico City. The festival will feature thrashers Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk at the top of the nearly twenty band bill that includes psych punks Lecherous Gaze and death/grind specialists Skullshitter. If you're more into metal than love, this could be a good way to skip out on Valentine's Day. Head over to D-Fest's Facebook page for more details. Full lineup below.
Toxic Holocaust kick off their previously discussed tour with Ramming Speed in NJ on Saturday (11/16). That tour hits NYC at Saint Vitus on November 29 with In Defence. Tickets for that show are still available.
Toxic Holocaust's new album, Chemistry of Consciousness, is out now, and you can stream it, along with the video for "Acid Fuzz" below. They're also contributing the new track "Life Is a Lie" to Decibel's flexi-disc series, and you can stream that track here.
Also playing D-Fest is Trenchgrinder, who are playing with Eyehategod and Syphilitic Lust at the actual Acheron Saturday night (11/16). The show was recently officially announced after being a "secret," and tickets are still available, but they may not be for much longer considering Eyehategod sold out Saint Vitus last night (11/14).
Check out the full D-Fest lineup, along with all Toxic Holocaust dates, video and LP stream, below...
by Doug Moore
So this is intriguing: over the weekend, the Brooklyn venue Acheron announced a show headlined by "the Big Easy Sludge All Stars" on November 16. The show also features locals Trenchgrinder and Syphilitic Lust.
The show's flyer, below, describes the heretofore-unknown Big Easy Sludge All Stars as "featuring members of Down, Mystick Krewe of Clearlight,
Melvins and Outlaw." (UPDATE: There's no Melvins member involved. It was a mistake on the initial flyer and the new flyer can now be seen below.) You may also recall that Eyehategod -- which features Jimmy Bower of Down and the Mystick Krewe of Clearlight, and who recently played the Housecore Horror fest with Dale Crover of Melvins on drums -- are about to hit the Northeast for a few dates. The band is playing Saint Vitus on 11/14 (tickets), but the show on the November 16 is listed as "TBA at TBA". Oh, and the Acheron show has a $25-per-ticket presale already going. You do the math.
Eyehategod announced their permanent replacement drummer on Friday. Check out the full set of upcoming Eyehategod dates, and the show flyer, below.
by Fred Pessaro
Santa Cruz hardcore band BL'AST! split in the early 1990s, but not without a lasting impact. Now comes word that newly unearthed tapes will be remastered by Dave Grohl and released as Blood!, due on Southern Lord on September 2rd. The tapes feature guitarist William DuVall (current Alice in Chains), who blesses the lead track from the record "Tomorrow" available below courtesy of Revolver.
Don't forget that every week, you can tune into Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio on Tuesday at 10 PM Eastern to listen for the latest and greatest in the heavy underground. If you missed it, check out this week's episode with JR Hayes of Pig Destroyer in the EVR archives and you can check out the playlist too. Next week we will host Bill Dozer, guitarist of Trenchgrinder, drummer of Hasj and owner of The Acheron in Bushwick, Brooklyn! Tune in Tuesday (8/6) at 10PM ET.
If you missed it, in the past week on InvisibleOranges we interviewed Incantation, delved deep into the lyrics of Babylon Whores, got pumped on Falls of Rauros finally being released on vinyl, streamed the new Gigan, Ulcerate and Ruins of Beverast, and got ready for a Sick/Tired tour.
For more metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
Head below for a stream of that BL'AST! track.
Skullshitter at The Acheron, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Bushwick punk/metal venue The Acheron will host a FREE day show on Saturday (6/29), featuring BBQ and appearances from Hectors Pets, Blackout, Skullshitter, Zoned Out and Cold Ones.
In related news, a pair of great Brooklyn metal bands, the Bolt-Thrower-leaning Trenchgrinder and the deathgrind of Skullshitter, will team up for a split 7" due this summer. More details are on the way, but look for it via the bands and Desgraca Records.
BBQ Flyer and a couple videos are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Masakari at Acheron, Nov 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Masakari will headline Acheron on May 4 as part of the final Death First show with Trenchgrinder, Bill Bondsmen, and Curmudgeon. Tickets are on sale. Trenchgrinder recently played Acheron, playing support for Dropdead last weekend. Pictures from that show are available at InvisibleOranges.
Dark vibes will prevail at The Gutter on April 28, when Occultation headlines the space with help from Hessian, Seax and Galleon. $5 gets you into this great event for all of you 21+ folks.
Another busy week at Invisible Oranges, where we posted new tracks from Church of Misery / Circle of Ouroboros / Arckanum / Call of the Void, Skagos, Surachai, Black Moth, Bone Sickness and a little band called Black Sabbath. We also posted the new Haust and Corrections House videos, discussed the badass-edness of Chris Ulsh (Mammoth Grinder/Hatred Surge/Power Trip), the Nachtmystium hiatus and talked to some guy named Fenriz. NBD.
Head below for all Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks. What did I miss?
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Dropdead at Acheron last night (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Providence powerviolence greats Dropdead hit Acheron in Brooklyn last night (April 14), a show on their return trek from Damaged City Fest. The night featured an eclectic lineup that ranged from punk by No Sir I, Won't, Brooklyn early-Earache-worshippers Trenchgrinder (members Skullshitter/Anicon/Gang Signs), noise/crossover punks Shoxx, police-themed powerviolence crew NARC (members of Dawn of Humans, Rosenkopf) to sludgy punk from Occult 45. Pictures from the Dropdead appearance are available at InvisibleOranges.
Dropdead at Europa, May 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already knew that Rhode Island political hardcore crew Dropdead would be headed southbound for Damaged City Fest, but now comes word that the single date has sprouted into a weekend. Philly and NYC are also in the band's plans, and look for Dropdead to play Acheron on April 14 with No Sir I Won't and Trenchgrinder. Tickets are on sale.
All Dropdead dates, and some live video is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Homewrecker at A389 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Ohio hardcore crew Homewrecker are currently out on a short string of winter dates, but will head down to NYC to play a show at Death By Audio on Jan 30. Look for the band to be joined by Death First and Trenchgrinder. In related news, Trenchgrinder and Mutant Supremacy share a drummer, and you can catch them at Acheron on Saturday (1/26) with Organ Donor and Flaming Tusk. Other Homewrecker dates are below.
Punk crew Who Killed Spikey Jacket? will headline a Sad Boys record release show, alongside appearances from Perdition, Goosebumps and Murderer at 285 Kent on Friday, February 1.
And last but certainly not least, Rhode Island doomers Pilgrim will team with Occultation, Insect Ark and Balam for a show at Bowery Electric on February 6.
All EVILLIVE-approved shows for the next two weeks, plus video from the A389 anniversary, are below.
What did I miss?
photos by Suren Karapetyan
Suffocation @ Saint Vitus, 11/25/2012
Two competing metal shows marked Brooklyn on the holy day of rest (Sunday, 11/25), when Suffocation teamed with Car Bomb, Mutant Supremacy and Trenchgrinder at Saint Vitus (rescheduled due to Sandy) while The Festival of the Unknown kicked off at Public Assembly across town. Though the latter's lineup was not announced before doors opened, the show featured performances from Nuclearhammer, Adversarial, Entrenched, Sacristy, and Sarcomancy.
Unfortunately, no photos of Car Bomb from the Saint Vitus show, but check out pictures from the rest of the bands, as well as video from the bulk of the Festival of The Unknown lineup below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
In addition to Saturday's show at Acheron (11/10), Japanese raw punks Zyanose will play a second show, this time with Anasazi, Neutron Rats, Osama Bin Laden Fan Club and Noise Masters Noise Matters at Lulu's in Greenpoint on Sunday (11/11). The show is free with donations accepted for the touring bands. As we told ya before, Zyanose's Acheron show will also feature Truncheons, Zatsuon, Nomad, Bortgang and Creeping Dose.
Cattle Decapitation will team with Grudges, Trenchgrinder and Skullshitter for a show at Saint Vitus on November 21. Tickets are on sale. Soon after the Saint Vitus show, look for Cattle Decap to hit the road with Dying Fetus. Tour dates are below.
And of course don't forget Clamfight teams with Kings Destroy and Black Pyramid for FREE show at Union Pool tonight (11/9). For all of you non-NYC-ers, catch the same bill at the tour dates below (see flyer).
All Evillive-approved shows for the next two weeks, plus a list of those Cattle Decap dates, are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Suffocation at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
New York death metal greats Suffocation will bring their tongue-wagging brutality to Brooklyn for a show at Saint Vitus on November 10. The quintet will be joined by stellar local support from Mutant Supremacy (who play the same space with Gravehill this weekend) and Trenchgrinder. Tickets are on sale.
Suffocation, who were recently inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, are currently working on a forthcoming LP titled Pinnacle of Bedlam. So far no release date has been set, but look for drummer Dave Culross to play on the record's ten tracks and Chris "Zeuss" Harris to sit in as producer/engineer.
by Fred Pesarro // BBG
Drugs of Faith at Death By Audio, March 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
In addition to the Bad Powers/Sannhet/The Year is One show at Saint Vitus and Krallice/Mutant Supremacy/Feast of The Epiphany show at Acheron tonight (9/21), the great Drugs of Faith will take to the stages of Tobacco Road with Drones for Queens, Spirit of Saint Louis and Mother Brain.
Deiphago will team with Manticore, Abazagorath, Trenchgrinder and Infiltrator for a show at Acheron on November 17. The show is the end of the line for their US tour, though full schedule is still on the way.
Hoax have been added to the previously discussed D-Clone show at Acheron on October 6. Absolutely unmissable.
Panzerfaust will take on Acheron on October 17, joined by Syphilitic Lust and one more TBA.
All suggested shows for the next two weeks -- plus a stream of that killer Neurosis track (previously posted here)-- are below.
What did I miss?