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Year-end list season began earlier this week, and now metal mag Decibel has published their Top 40 Albums of 2015. You can check out artwork and commentary if you pick up the issue, and browse the full list below. Like last year, they saved the top spot for a promising young band (and actually this time the #2 slot is one too). But they've of course got veterans as always, like Enslaved (#37), Napalm Death (#25), Iron Maiden (#23), Satan (#12), Killing Joke (#10) and more. They have a good amount of the "indie crossover" metal on there, like Ghost (#34), Myrkur (#28), Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (#27), Deafheaven (#19) and the Baroness album that isn't even out yet coming in at #6. There are also comeback albums from two not-exactly-metal bands: Failure (#22) and Refused (#15). Check out the full list below.

Two bands on this list will be going on the Decibel Mag tour in 2016.

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Levitation Austin 2016
Levitation Austin 2016

Dates and the initial lineup for the 2016 Levitation Festival have been announced. Formerly known as Austin Psych Fest, the three-day festival returns to Carson Creek Ranch from April 29 - May 1 and will feature Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, plus performances by Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Sleep, Lee Scratch Perry, Ty Segall, Black Mountain, and Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. Lots more artists will be announced later but weekend passes, deluxe passes, camping passes, and camping rentals are on sale now. You can watch the lineup announce video below.

Meanwhile, Levitation will be in NYC for CMJ with a showcase at Rough Trade on October 17 featuring Ringo Deathstarr, Shannon and the Clams, Whitney, Cheatahs, Stealing Sheep, Murals, and Cloud Castle Lake. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Continue reading "Levitation Austin announces 2016 dates & initial lineup: Brian Wilson playing 'Pet Sounds,' Animal Collective, BJM & more"

photos by Keith Marlowe

"Uncle Acid was one of the most epic shows i've ever seen" - BICIO

"Uncle Acid was amzning last night love to see them again someday" - Kayleigh

"Uncle Acid just melted our faces off" - Vinyl Fantasy

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats

Heavy psych troop Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are currently in North America celebrating the release of their new album The Night Creeper. Their tour hit NYC over the weekend for a Webster Hall show that included a good chunk of that album, mixed with plenty off the previous three. Well-matched support came from their tourmates Ruby the Hatchet and Ecstatic Vision.

More pictures, and Uncle Acid's setlist, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Uncle Acid at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Uncle Acid

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats' new album The Night Creeper comes out next week (9/4) via Rise Above (pre-order). We already posted the single "Waiting for Blood" and now we've got the premiere of the video for another single, "Melody Lane." It's been said before that Uncle Acid sometimes bring a Beatles influence to their trad-doom sound, and the Lennon-esque vocals on this one back that claim up pretty strongly. They recorded the album with engineer Liam Watson who's also worked with Electric Wizard and Tame Impala, and "Melody Lane" sounds like what might happen if you morphed those two bands into one. Check it out below.

The band's tour with Ruby the Hatchet and Ecstatic Vision hits NYC on September 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

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Arcade Fire The Reflektor Tapes

The 2015 edition of Pop Montreal is coming up in less than a month (September 16 - 20) and festival organizers have recently made a few additions to the already robust lineup. Perhaps most interesting is that Pop's film fest will have the world premiere of director Kahlil Joseph' Arcade Fire documentary The Reflektor Tapes which promises:

The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.
That is just ahead of the film's North American September 23 release date. It will be playing in NYC at Sunshine Cinema, BowTie Cinema Chelsea 9, East 86th St Cinema 4 in Manhattan and Williamsburg Cinema in Brooklyn. and tickets are on sale now for many of those screenings. You can watch the trailer for that below.

The full music lineup has been finalized and new additions include Seattle garage rock legends The Sonics, Doldrums, UK band All We Are, Prison Garde (the latest moniker of electronic musician Vaughn Robert Squire aka Sixtoo) and more. Other artists playing this year's Pop Montreal include Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, Will Butler, Babes in Toyland, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, Cannibal Ox, Besnard Lakes (performing as a 17-piece "orchestra"), Viet Cont, The Orb, and more.

There are also lots of panel discussions and lectures happening via the Pop Symposium, including one with Canadian songwriter Andy Kim (the man behind The Archies' "Sugar Sugar" and other bubblegum hits),

Festival passes and day passes are still available. Full Pop Montreal music and film lineups are listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Uncle Acid at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Uncle Acid

UK riffers Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats recently announced they'd release their new album, The Night Creeper, on September 4 via Rise Above (pre-order), and now they released first single "Waiting for Blood." Like other Uncle Acid songs, it sounds inspired by Blue Cheer and other proto-metal bands, but it's really more a psychedelic rock song than a metal one. Dim your lights, turn up the speakers, and check this one out below.

Uncle Acid's upcoming tour hits NYC on September 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.

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photo: Viet Cong @ London Field Day Fest 2015 (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Viet Cong at Field Day 2015

Pop Montreal has just announced its second round of artists added to the festival's 2015 lineup. That includes Viet Cong, The Orb, Micachu & the Shapes, The Besnard Lakes, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Lee Ranaldo, Albert Hammond Jr, Empress Of and more. They join such previously announced artists as Built to Spill, Giorgio Moroder, The Cribs, Mikal Cronin, Godflesh, and Will Butler. All new additions to Pop Montreal's lineup are listed below.

The 2015 Pop Montreal Festival happens September 16-20 at venues all over the Quebec city. Discounted festival passes and day passes are currently available.

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Uncle Acid

UK doom traditionalists Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats are following 2013's Mind Control with a new album, The Night Creeper, on September 4 via Rise Above. They recorded it with engineer Liam Watson (Electric Wizard, Tame Impala). That's the artwork above.

They also announced a North American tour, which begins a few days after the album comes out. It hits NYC on September 12 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with the video for their 2014 single "Runaway Girls," below...

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photos by P Squared Photography, words by Andrew Sacher

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

UK trad-doomers Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats have put out three full lengths (among other releases) since forming in 2009, but they never made it over to tour North America until the ongoing trek with Portland, OR's Danava (who they have a split with) which began last week. After kicking off in Philly (9/24), the two bands hit NYC for a sold out show on Friday (9/26) at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (9/26), where we caught them.

Danava's '70s-style stoner rock got things off to a good start, but the vibes in the room really took a turn for the intense as Uncle Acid took the stage. They played in almost complete darkness, with a bit of light coming from two eye-like fixtures and flashing TV static behind them, and you couldn't have really asked for a better environment for this sound. Pulling mostly from 2011's Blood Lust and 2013's Mind Control, the Deadbeats were no doubt a truly heavy experience and had all the long-haired headbanging you could ask for. But their trippiness won out, often sounding more psychedelic rock than metal. (They get compared to John Lennon about as much as they do to Black Sabbath.) And from the huge cheers they got all night, you could tell the packed crowd was loving it too.

More pictures (including one of the setlist) below...

Continue reading "Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats made their NYC debut at Bowery Ballroom with Danava (pics & setlist)"

by Ian Chainey

No stage diving please...

That pic above is from the Millington, TN stop of Mayhem Fest and was tweeted/deleted by Trivium's Paolo Gregoletto with the caption, "Brutal pit for the first band today." Ouch. I've had games of Solitaire that have been better attended. I think there are more actual Sumerians still in existence. Even the inflatable bottle is on the insta-quip action.

As for live dates with a better chance of drawing a crowd, Pyrrhon (whose singer, full disclosure, used to write this column) have updated their upcoming schedule for their tour with Gigan and Artificial Brain. In addition, grinders Die Choking -- who will be sharing a bill with Pyrrhon in October -- have several tour dates on the horizon including a show on August 10 at the Grand Victory with King Parrot, Organ Dealer, and Nightcrawler. Tickets are available now. All of the dates appear below.

KEN mode, who have an Invisible Oranges-presented show coming up, teased some new jams in a concert recently. You can check out "Blessed" on their facebook.

Finally, Converge have, uh, also been ". . . working diligently on this tour at every moment we get to write new music." Footage of them practicing new material is down below.

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.

While the newswire was quiet, the streams were not. There are a ton of tracks available for your perusal, including a freebie from Manes. The 'name your price' single of Floydian falseness (they named it Vntrve, they get it) is available below.

For full streams, blackened deathers Belphegor are now offering the freshly released Conjuring The Dead. You can also hear Rabbits bash out their primitive stomp on Untoward (August 12, Lamb Unlimited - preorder). Plus, core crushers Coliseum are streaming their remastered reissue of their first album. All three are below.

Single tracks: 1349 blast through "Cauldron" from the smartly-titled Massive Cauldron Of Chaos (September 30, Season Of Mist - preorder). Cinema grinders Graf Orlock dropped "A Decent Proposal In A Shitty Alley" from Trailer. They've also got some upcoming tour dates with Dangers and Holy. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats put out the single "Runaway Girls" in preparation for their US tour. And Decapitated and made "The Blasphemous Psalm To The Dummy God Creation" public, which is culled from Blood Mantra (September 30, Nuclear Blast - preorder). Sorry, let me rephrase that in Death Metal English. THE OUTFIT OF INCARNATE EVIL, CEPHALIC REMOVAL, AND DEXTROUS WIZARDY PRESENT AN ENSORCELLED SPELL OF AIR VIBRATION DAMNING A PHANTOM DEITY. Or something. All of the streams are below.

Prefer purty pictures? Tons of videos also made their way online. Triptykon shot a buffet of delights for the eye with "Aurorae." Reminder: They said they were going to make MDF 2015. Hope so. Entombed A.D. whispered, "Welcome to Carcosa," with their flick for "Pandemic Rage." And vikings and fellow MDF 2015 participants Einherjer put together an acid-aided animation for new song "Nidstong." You can watch the videos below.

Got it? Good. To shows we go:

TODAY (FRIDAY, 8/8): The loaded Summer Slaughter tour featuring, deep breath, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within the Ruins, Fallujah, Boreworm, ZFL, and Goatwhore -- which LiveNation has stylized as "Goatwh**e because NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY -- is happening at Irving Plaza as we speak. Tickets are still available at the door. If grind/twilight is more your game, the international bill of Department Of Corrections, Budd Dwyer, Sea of Bones, and Mother Brain are at Saint Vitus tonight (tickets).

SATURDAY (8/9): The Acheron is screening the Welcome to Deathfest documentary along with sets from Argentinum Astrum and Belus (tickets). And the reformed Drowningman will be at Saint Vitus with Pilot to Gunner and As We Were (tickets). The Austerity Program, whose new LP we reviewed on IO, play Shea Stadium with Gnarwhal, Pinecones and Voice Coils.

SUNNNNNNNDAY (8/10): The Die Choking show mentioned above slides into Grand Victory with King Parrot, Organ Dealer, and Nightcrawler (tickets).

Looking for late adds and dates ahead? Our NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.

Let's talk IO: We got the week started by tracking all of the new tunes in Upcoming Metal Releases. We then put on our thinky-caps by examining what makes a critic-proof band. We had premieres aplenty with Big Black Cloud, Divider, and Godhunter. We welcomed you to our book collection with a review of the classic Hammer of the Gods and not so classic Wheels of Confusion. We chatted with Behold! The Monolith about losing a member and what it takes to keep on going. Arsis' A Celebration of Guilt turned 10 this week and we broke down the album that feels like it was released yesterday (sigh, get off my lawn). And finally, we caught up with Lucky 13's Melody Henry about the status of her bar's new location.

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.

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: KEN Mode, Belphegor, Converge, Manes, 1349, Triptykon, Pyrrhon, weekend shows & more"

by Ian Chainey

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats

English chemical experimenters and horror flick adorers Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats will be heading west for their first North American tour. The band recently played Maryland Deathfest, but will step foot back in the States and Canada for a full slate of dates. The tour begins on September 24 in Philadelphia and ends October 11 in Los Angeles. On September 26, Uncle Acid drops into New York City's Bowery Ballroom. Support on the tour comes from Danava who haven't been around these parts in a few years. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Friday, June 27 at noon.

The Cambridge doomers released their third full-length, Mind Control, in 2013 and followed it with the single "Mind Crawler" that was backed by a Charles Manson cover. In addition to the forthcoming tour, the band will be playing a host of festival dates, including Jalometalli 2014 in Finland which is headlined by another soon-to-be-Stateside-traveler, King Diamond.

All of the dates along with the video for "Mind Crawler" and a live Danava video, below...

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Black Sabbath at PNC Bank Arts Center in August (more by Greg Cristman)
Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath, who are currently reunited with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler all in tow (no Bill Ward though), have a new album out, and went on a tour over the summer which brought them to Connecticut, New Jersey, and other places. It felt a little strange that they omitted NYC, but they've now announced another tour for 2014 which kicks off at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on March 31! Tickets for the Barclays Center show go on sale Friday, November 22 at 10 AM. No openers announced yet, but Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats are opening their November/December European tour. All dates are listed below.

Sabbath are also documenting their 2013 tour with a new live DVD/CD Black Sabbath: Live...Gathered in Their Masses, which will be out on November 26 via Vertigo/Republic. Check out the tracklist below and more info, including different combo pack options, here. Ozzy and Geezer discussed the album at the Grammy Museum last week (11/6), you can watch a video of that conversation here.

In related news, Tony Iommi is receiving a degree honor from Coventry University. Reports BBC:

The founder member of the Birmingham heavy metal band will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Coventry University on 19 November.

Iommi will be heading straight from the graduation ceremony at Coventry Cathedral to join Black Sabbath in Helsinki for the start of their latest European tour.

He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide during his career.

Iommi said was "a great honour" to receive the doctorate.

He added: "I'd like to thank everyone at Coventry University for my nomination and look forward to meeting them at the ceremony."

And in more related news, don't give Bill Ward a copy of Sabbath's new album. "I haven't heard anything off that album at all," Bill told Rock Cellar Magazine. "And to be quite honest, I don't care to either. It's too painful. If I want to rip my guts out, I'll put it on."

All dates are listed, along with the DVD/CD tracklist and a recent live video, below...

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by Doug Moore

Maryland Deathfest

Okay, this shit is just getting ridiculous. Maryland Deathfest just announced their fourth round of bands, and there are some doozies. Here are the new additions:

CANCER (UK) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1993.

SACRIFICE (Canada) - Exclusive US show and first time in the US since 1992.

NOCTURNUS A.D. - Playing "The Key" album in its entirety.


DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)

For those unfamiliar with "Nocturnus A.D.", Nocturnus was one of the first death metal bands to use keyboards; their debut LP, The Key, was a minor death metal classic and quite a controversial album when it came out in 1990. Drummer/vocalist Mike Browning (also a former early-days member of Morbid Angel) has been trolling the MDF Facebook page for the past few weeks and repeatedly offering to play the festival, and the organizers apparently caved. So basically, this is a godsend for death metal nerds.

Stream some Nocturnus and Cancer below; check out the MDF lineup to date while you listen.

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by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Bloodlust art

Very few records make an immediate impression like Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats's latest offering Blood Lust. The EP, which surfaced in 2011 on the self-released tip, has been given a proper reissue and is out now via Metal Blade. Stream it in full below. Rarely does a band seamlessly meld prog, garage, psychedelia and metal with such an excellent pop sensibility.

The identities of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats remain mysterious, but what is known is that the band will drop a new LP via Metal Blade in the new year. Until then, enjoy a few videos and a stream of that excellent EP below. So far, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats dates are limited to the EU, including one at Roadburn 2013 as part of the Jus Osborn curated day.

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