Entries tagged with: US Christmas
by Doug Moore
YOB at the Bell House, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As we've said before, Oregonian psych-doom unit YOB may be the best slow-and-heavy band around today. Among their many accomplishments is the role they've played in the ascent of Profound Lore Records, which has become one of metal's premiere taste-making labels over the past decade. YOB signed to PFL after their brief mid-aughts hiatus for the release of The Great Cessation in 2009, and recently re-released their second album Catharsis through the label.
It thus comes as something of a surprise to hear that YOB have moved on to a different label. Specifically, they've signed on with Neurot Recordings, which is the in-house label for Neurosis (the other best slow-and-heavy band around today). The musicians involved have crossed paths before, having played shows together both under the YOB/Neurosis monikers as well as in solo or side-project formats. (More on that in a sec.) Comments Neurosis guitarist/vocalist Steve Von Till on the signing:
"This was meant to be. Neurot has always sought out to work with those who share in the purification of spirit through sound and who harvest their sound from originality and intensity. When I listen to YOB, see them leave it all on the stage, or share a conversation with them about life, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that they embody what Neurot stands for completely and we are so very honored that we get the opportunity to work together with them on their next album."The signing announcement also comes with some welcome news: YOB will release their seventh album later this year. Frontman Mike Scheidt has been quite busy with side projects lately, including both solo touring and the supergroups Vhol & Lumbar, so it's good to hear that the gears are turning in his main band too.
Speaking of Scheidt's solo material: he is one of the participants in the second edition of an ongoing series of Townes Van Zandt tribute LPs. (Neurosis dudes Von Till and Scott Kelly contributed to the first edition -- another connection between them and YOB.) Scheidt will perform "To Live is to Fly," "The Rake," and "Highway Kind"; John Baizley (Baroness), Nate Hall (U.S. Christmas), Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle), Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand), and Katie Jones are also on board. Neurot will handle that release as well.
Check out a Baizley/Jones duet rendition of the TVZ classic "If I Needed You" below...
Coliseum are preparing to release their latest LP, Sister Faith, on April 30, and have been trickling out bits of the effort along the way. Check out the latest entry from the LP, relatively sunny punk burner "Fuzzbang," below.
Coliseum will team with bands as varied as Baroness (who have a full scale US assault planned), with California X and US Christmas joining them separately along the way. Red Hare will also joing the band too, and that combo hits NYC at Knitting Factory on May 21. Tickets are on sale. Tour dates are below
Red Hare, which features members of Swiz, Bluetip, Dag Nasty, Garden Variety and more, will release their debut LP Nites of Midnite via Dischord on May 21 Check out a new track from that effort below.
words by Doug Moore, photos by Caroline Harrison
Mike Scheidt, 7/21/2012
Saturday night (7/21) saw an unusual double header at Saint Vitus. The intimate first offering consisted of metal dudes playing decidedly un-metal acoustic music: Mike Scheidt (YOB), Nate Hall (US Christmas), and Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia). Prurient's post-midnight set offered latecomers a noise-addled second helping. (More on that later.)
Kevin Hufnagel is best known for shredding guitar performances in NYC prog-metallers Dysrhythmia and the death metal legends Gorguts. As a solo performer, Hufnagel cuts the volume dramatically; his recent run of live shows have focused on his baritone ukulele compositions. Though the medium has changed, Hufnagel's voice remained audible. His labyrinthine pieces demonstrated both scary chops and a gift for ghostly melody.
With a broad-brimmed hat casting his face in shadow, Nate Hall cut a Neil Young-esque figure onstage. His plaintive voice tended to wobble off pitch at times, but it's endearing--the kind of mistake that signifies sincerity. Hall fell in line with seemingly every metal musician who dabbles in acoustic balladry (Scott Kelly, Wino, Dax Riggs, Steve Brodsky, etc.) by paying tribute to Townes Van Zandt --his covers included "Kathleen" and "The Rake."
Mike Scheidt is one of the most talented musicians in metal today. His set made it clear that his voice is just as potent as his guitar work. (His considerable fretboard skill did make an appearance via a Doc Watson-influenced flatpicking exhibition.) Scheidt's vocal tone is simply superb; it reverberates with a fluid vibrato that many dedicated singers would envy. His voice illuminated a short but enthralling set that featured a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" alongside a string of originals.
Kevin Hufnagel will return to Saint Vitus on August 22nd for a date with Wino of the bar's namesake band and others (tickets).
Pictures from the early show at Saint Vitus are below.
Krallice at House of Vans (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Krallice have announced that their fourth LP, Years Past Matter, will see a self-release on CD/Digital with vinyl via Gilead Media "shortly thereafter". In celebration, the Brooklyn band will play NYC at Saint Vitus on August 25th. Tickets are on sale and support will come from Ancient Wound.
Reminder, Colin Marston of Krallise is readying Dysrhythmia's new LP which is due this fall. The band also has a record release show scheduled for Saint Vitus, this one on September 22nd (tickets). Two-thirds of Dysrhythmia recently played Irving Plaza as 1/2 of Gorguts (pictures).
Mike Scheidt at Bell House (more by BBG)
Mike Scheidt of YOB will head out on the road on a string of tour dates with Nate Hall (US Christmas), hitting the East Coast as part of a celebration of both's recent solo releases. The dates include an NYC stop on July 21st at Saint Vitus with Kevin Hufnagel, and tickets are on sale.
Both Nate Hall's solo debut and Scheidt's Stay Awake are out now via Neurot and Thrill Jockey respectively. Check out a video for "In Your Light" by the latter below.
in related news, Dysrhythmia (which features Kevin Hufnagel on guitar, along with bandmate Colin Marston) will team with The Wayward and Praetura as part of their record release show on September 22nd at Saint Vitus (tickets). The band's Profound Lore debut is due this fall.
And while on the subject, Colin and Kevin are now members of the reformed Gorguts, who play next week with Death to All at Irving Plaza.
All listed tour dates and that video are below.
A Generation of Vipers at Saint Vitus (more by BBG)
Sure the words "crusty hardcore" and North Carolinian psychedelic metal crew US Christmas don't exactly go hand in hand, but some of its members -- the ones in Generation of Vipers -- have branched out. Generation of Vipers' Howl and Filth was self-released last year and will now get a larger treatment with a re-release via Translation Loss on June 5th. Stream all of that Kurt-Ballou produced effort below.
In related news, US Christmas's Bad Heart Bull was released for the firt time on vinyl via Neurot. Order yours via the label.
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Surprise! After a few CDs made their way into record stores accidentally (I am told) Twilight, the Blake Judd/Wrest project that now features N. Imperial (Kreig), Aaron Turner (Isis), Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) and Sanford Parker (Minsk) is out NOW on CD via Southern Lord! The record was engineered by Sanford Parker, who also contributed synths, and features eight tracks with Robert Lowe (Lichens) contributing vocals to three of them. No official word on a release date for the LP, but get out and order a copy... I think I may enjoy it more than the new Nachtmystium. Speaking of the new Nachtmystium, Stereogum recently premiered the keyboard heavy "No Funeral" from the forthcoming Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II. Dig on that above.
Call me obsessed, but the new Black Breath, Heavy Breathing, is on serious rotation lately- much like their previous EP Razors To Oblivion was last year. The new LP has Kurt Ballou's dirty little fingers all over it, bringing their rich early Swedish death metal meets hardcore sound to life, as exhibited in "Children of The Horn" available above. Get Heavy Breathing now via Southern Lord. Black Breath will open the BV/1000 Knives/AEG Live Converge extravaganza at Santos Party House on 5/6 along with Touche Amore and Lewd Acts. Make sure and get their early (their live show is worth it), and get your tickets in advance (it WILL sell out). Seriously brutal and fun stuff... you gotta love a band that screams "reject Christ, spit on the cross" at the top of their lungs. Or am I alone on that one?
Though it only lasts two tracks (but conversely- 35 minutes), the new EP from Altar of Plagues, Tides, is every bit as powerful as White Tomb, one of my favorite LPs of last year. AoP's new Tides EP is currently up for pre-order via Burning World Records (cop it), but until that package arrives, make sure and dig on "Atlantic Lights" from the EP (50% of the record!) , which makes it's world premiere here!
An LP from last year that was just too good to be free was Celeste's Misanthrope(s). With a potent mix of black metal, furious hardcore, and even melody, it was a seriously underrated record that deserved much more attention than it got. Even though Misanthrope(s) is barely in the rear view, the band has released their new LP, Morte Nee(s) for FREE download (get it above). Make sure and order a copy of the LP for yourself via Denovali as well though, it's one to keep for posterity.
Richmond's Inter Arma totally floored me at The Charleston with their furious mix of black metal, southern stoner style and Neurosis-style imperial riffage. Besides being a jawdropping live band, Inter Arma has also put together a pretty memorable record as well in the form of Sundown, out soon on Forcefield Records. Featuring members of another great Richmond band, Bastard Sapling, check out the band when they hit the road in July, but until then, check out Sundown!
A darkness has settled over the land... details on Watain's new album have been revealed! Entitled Lawless Darkness, the effort was recorded at Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden, and is due on June 7 with the below cover art and the tracklisting as listed down below. The release follows their picture disc EP Reaping Death which quickly disappeared, though the CD single is currently available.
That Watain cover, plus news on Blood Revolt (Primordial + Revenge), Loss, Man Is The Bastard, Hail of Bullets, Woe, a new Inquisition LP, and more as Short Wave Warfare continues....
Dixie Dave of Weedeater and his lovely singing voice (more by Paul Birman)
"I would say the biggest underground band from here that deserves all the credit in the world is Weedeater. They are the godfathers of what we do." -[An interview with CT of Rwake]BrooklynVegan and Osiris are proud to present a killer four band bill of Weedeater, The Gates of Slumber, Black Tusk, and Struck By Lightning who will lay waste to The Studio at Webster Hall on 4/10! Tickets are $13 and go on sale soon.
The show is part of a string of dates for the North Carolinians (Weedeater). The first leg kicks off on 3/12 with ASG and US Christmas and continues on to SXSW where the trio will meet up with Rwake and Black Cobra at Encore for the Tone Deaf Showcase (3/20). From there, the fearsome foursome (Weedeater, The Gates of Slumber, Black Tusk, and Struck By Lightning) will depart Austin and scoot out west before heading back east for the NYC show.
Stay tuned for some big announcements regarding BV shows during SXSW, and also note that tickets are now on sale for the BV-presented Mayhem / Tombs / Krallice / Ludicra show coming to Irving Plaza two days before Weedeater get here.
Of all of the formidable bands mentioned above, two are playing the Scion Rock fest on 3/13 in Columbus, Ohio: Black Tusk and Struck By Lightning. Struck by Lightning, which features Gregory Lahm (ex-Mouth Of The Architect), is currently promoting their 2009 release Serpents (we previewed it here).
Lahm's old band Mouth of The Architect has a new EP due on Translation Loss this March. The EP will be "a little faster and a little more metal" than the MOTA we are used to. MOTA are currently gearing up to hit the road leading up their appearance at Roadburn 2010.
All tour dates with a bunch of videows below...
A Storm of Light
Josh Graham is multitasking, and not in a chew gum and walk kind of way either. Graham first burst on the scene as the newest member of Bay Area titans Neurosis, handling the visual element which included live pieces and graphic design, eventually leading into the legendary "A Sun That Never Sets" companion DVD. On the heels of that well received DVD, Josh went on to direct music videos and design artwork for Dillinger Escape Plan, Enon, Jesu, Khann, Underoath, Saves The Day, and many others.A Storm of Light plays with Coalesce, Coliseum, My Skull Your Closet, and Tournament at Europa on December 30th (tickets are still on sale) Josh Graham listed 10 Great Things About 2009. Read them below...
Meanwhile, Josh wielded a heavy (like the music) axe (like the guitar) in Red Sparowes featuring members of the like-minded Isis, Battle Of Mice [RIP] with members of local metallers Made Out Of Babies, and Tribes of Neurot (a Neurosis related experimental project). His tenure with Red Sparowes has recently come to an end, but that hasn't stopped Mr. No-Sleep from starting another band... A Storm Of Light." [Black Bubblegum, March 2008]
words by BBG, photos by Tim Griffin
Baroness teamed up with Neurot Carolinians US Christmas, and the ultra-jammy Earthless at Bowery Ballroom on 11/20 as part of an ongoing tour to promote Baroness's The Blue Record. Earthless and USX's last release hit the racks earlier this year and in the tail end of 2008: Live At Roadburn and Eat The Low Dogs respectively. I did not go to NIN or Morrissey at Bowery, but I can say that I have rarely seen Bowery Ballroom THAT packed. Earthless would later play The Charleston as part of a secret show presented by Chronic Youth.
Baroness's The Blue Record is piling on the accolades, with "best record of the year" being thrown it's way numerous times. I dig the record and highly recommend it, but not as nutso over it as (seemingly) the rest of the metal nation. Judge for yourself by streaming the record on their MySpace, or catching them on tour, and if you're lucky/from Japan, you can catch them with Isis!
Tour dates and more pictures from Bowery are below...
by Black Bubblegum
Baroness at Bowery Ballroom (more by Tim Griffin)
The Blue Record impacts on 10/13, and Baroness will hit the road in November with a rotating cast of characters. Tickets are on sale for a November 20th NYC show at Bowery Ballroom where the band will be joined by the mighty Earthless and US Christmas.
Baroness is currently streaming two songs from their new album at their myspace.
Pig Destroyer will meet up with Baroness in Atlanta, but will hit NYC when they team up with Eyehategod and Goatwhore for a Rocksoff cruise on 10/24. Tickets are still available for the show that is now officially part of CMJ.
Dark Castle will also team up with Baroness on their tour. The duo played NYC last night (Monday, Sept 7) with Orphan, The Body, and Malkuth at Precious Metal. Dark Castle is also scheduled to play Lost & Lulu Alligator Bar on 9/13 with Tournament, Ramps, and The Body.
Full Dark Castle and Baroness dates, as well as a Dark Castle video below...
"How about this fuckin' lineup man? Whoever put this thing together, I'd like to shake their hand" - CT of Rwake
Boris (Steven Brown)
I'd like to think it was the jawdropping lineup decreed by the gods upon Mt Scion that brought people out in droves to The Masquerade in Atlanta on February 28th, but I would imagine that some of it was also due to "free show" factor. Either way, there is something ridiculawesome about bands as great as Harvey Milk, Wolves In The Throne Room, and Coalesce having to turn people away due to reaching capacity. That is my idea of sweet metal justice... some of my current favorite bands in front of the audiences they deserve.
The Masquerade is a 2+ level club. The biggest stage, dubbed "Heaven", is located on the second floor and houses somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 people. Two adjacent clubs on the main level, "Hell" & "Purgatory", house considerably less: "Hell" is primarily a dance floor, so there were some obstructed sightlines. "Purgatory" had multiple tiers, no elevated stage and very little room in front of the band. Behind the venue in a grassy area which was muddy due to the prior night's rain, a 4,000 person capacity tent was constructed for the main stage.
by Black Bubblegum
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Welcome to this week in Metal! This week we'll start with the pedal to the floor with Harpoon of Chicago, who will release their new LP Double Gnarly / Triple Suicide on Interloper Records. Featuring members of 7000 Dying Rats, the band recorded the LP in August 2008 with Andy Nelson (Weekend Nachos), sending it off to metal-mastering go-to Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) for the finishing touches. The trio takes advantage of the drum machine gun to create a relentless grind assault reminiscent of Plague Bringer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, or Genghis Tron (sans keys). Check out "Frogs, Boils, Locusts..." available for download above, and cop it on limited LP (400 in black, 100 in white & blue marbled vinyl) when it drops on Feb 10th! Harpoon recently added bassist DJ Baracca (ex-Lair of The Minotaur) to their ranks and have added a few live dates in and around the Chi (dates below).
Absu have announced a new self-titled album, posting the ripping new track "Girra's Temple" to their myspace. Due on Feb 24th on Candlelight Records, the band have also lined up a few dates including SXSW on Mar 20th at Spiros and at... you guessed it... Maryland Deathfest. Meanwhile, Absu is garnering alot of media attention lately... check out features in Metal Maniacs, Terrorizer, and Zero Tolerance.
Hot off of the release of his first solo album Punctuated Equilibrium, Wino will play his first show with his solo band (featuring skinsman extraordinaire Jean-Paul Gaster of Clutch) at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC on Sat Feb 7th! Wino will be joined by King Giant and the mighty Salome, who will be in NYC with Ocean on Feb 15th. In related news, Clutch have released their first digital single "King Of Arizona" (iTunes users, buy it here), from the upcoming remastered Slow Hole to China, Rare & Unreleased. The band have lined up a few dates with their alter ego (most of 'em anyway), The Bakerton Group including Feb 27 at The Chance in Poughkeepsie and Feb 28 at The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale. Full tour dates below.
As much theorized and finally realized, The Auditory Assault Festival will take place at Club Europa on May 16 & 17.
Complete Failure announced a short tour of the east coast and the midwest with Polish grinders Antigama including an NYC date at Europa on May 20th. Details are forthcoming, full tour dates are below. The Pittsburghers (CF) have posted a trio of demo tracks at their website, check them out above. Antigama is prepping for March 3rd, when Relapse will drop their new album Warning.
Mastodon's Crack The Skye artwork
Mastodon is currently streaming "Divinations" from the upcoming Crack The Skye. Check it out kids... it's a burner! The single is also available for sale with a limited edition tee. Mastodon and Genghis Tron are playing the Coachella festival this year.
Rise Above dropped the new album by Belgians Serpentcult, a doomy hybrid of Electric Wizard and High on Fire fronted by Michelle Nocon, a female with some SERIOUS pipes. The Weight of Light was produced by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins) and the band is streaming three of those tracks at their myspace, with the title track available for download above. So far the band haven't added any North American dates, but if they do, we'll let you know (european tour dates below). Meanwhile, dig on an interview that Serpentcult did with Hellride Music here.
Coliseum have announced a slew of tourdates (below) as well as a new seven-inch entitled "True Quiet / Last Wave" on Deathwish! Full tour dates are below. Coliseum with join Converge, Genghis Tron (who was recently added), Ceremony, Pulling Teeth, and Rise & Fall at Europa on March 27th.
Blut Aus Nord have posted "The Formless Sphere (Beyond The Reason)" to their myspace page, the first new song from the upcoming Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars. Look for in Feb 23rd on Candlelight.
Valient Thorr have added a February 6th show at The Shank in Greenpoint (98 Bayard @ Leonard) with Acid Tiger, Golden Error, with Tournament. This show makes it TWO NYC dates.... don't forget about their upcoming show with Anthrax and a half pipe.
Minsk, Slayer, Battlefields, Devourment, Obituary, and more below...
by Black Bubblegum
Intronaut is about to get prehistoric on dat azz, when the new LP Prehistoricisms (full tracklisting below) hits the shelves on September 16th via their new label Century Media. Metalkult has a preview in the form of "Australopithecus" which is downloadable at their site. .Tickets are still on sale for their show at Knitting Factory on August 8th with Behold The Arctopus, Mouth Of The Architect, Deadsea, and Wetnurse (one helluva bill). Mouth Of The Architect drops Quietly this week and Wetnurse drops Invisible City on September 30th. Deadsea's S/T record is out now, catch it at their myspace. "Prehistoricisms" album art there to the right.
I have heard from a very credible source that the mighty sunn 0))) will return to NYC to play a special show in celebration of the ten year anniversary of The Grimmrobe Demos. Um, yowsers. As details come in, you'll get em.
Sweden's Burst have posted two new tracks from and announced a release date for (September 16th in the US) their new record Lazarus Bird. Dig on "Cripple God" and "(We Watched) The Silver Rain" streaming at their myspace. The band has commented "Expect an album that will NOT be Origo Part 2, but something new", and if this is any indication, should be a good 'un.
Speaking of good 'uns, the Bowery Ballroom show on July 25th featuring Early Man, Valient Thorr, and the mighty Monotonix should be a grand ole time. Wanna get in gratis? Email us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Denim Vests) with your first & last name, and we'll randomly pick two winners and drop 'em a pair of tickets each.
Lions Of Tsavo, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Akimbo, Obituary and more below...
sleep time. more later. again tonight.