Entries tagged with: Unearthly Trance
As discussed, Unearthly Trance may have gone the way of the mastodon, but their mammoth doom riffs trample on in Serpentine Path, the new band featuring members of UT plus Tim of Ramesses/Electric Wizard fame. You can read an interview with them from last year for more info.
The band released their debut 7" via Parasitic last year, and now the band is preparing to release their debut LP via Relapse Records on September 11 which you can preorder here. We're debuting the track from the album, "Only a Monolith Remains," below and you can stream another track as well.
So far no word on any live shows, but I'd get my earplugs ready. They're-a-comin'.
BrooklynVegan and Scenic are proud to announce our involvement in the first-ever East Coast edition of The Power of The Riff! The two-day event happens Labor Day Weekend and will feature a kick off party on the day before (8/31) and pre/post parties on the days of the shows. Save the dates, September 1st and 2nd at Warsaw in Brooklyn where you'll catch:
THE POWER OF THE RIFF 'EAST'
September 1st and 2nd 2012
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
SPECIAL GUEST playing a special album set
Alpha & Omega
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Dead In The Dirt
+ 1 more band TBA
Tickets go on sale for single shows on Monday 7/2 at noon (Saturday HERE and Sunday HERE) or you can purchase a single weekend pass.
The Warsaw show is The Power of The Riff's first venture on the East Coast after two years of successful events in Los Angeles (pictures of year 1 HERE, year two HERE). Organizers / creators Greg Anderson and Sam James Velde are in the eye of the hurricane, tapping into a line up that represents the forefathers, current touring acts, plus shedding light on "up and coming" and local acts. Year three on the West coast kicks off on August 11th at Echo/Echoplex in LA with OFF!, Dr.Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Xibalba, and many more. Check out the flyer below along with video from 2011.
BrooklynVegan and Power of The Riff combined forces for both a day and night show during SXSW this year. If you missed it, check out pictures from our Converse/Thrasher Deathmatch party (HERE, HERE and HERE) as well as our official showcase.
Australia's Whitehorse headlined a rainy night at Acheron yesterday (6/12), joined by tourmates Batillus, NYC doom trio Unearthly Trance and death-grind newcomers Skullshitter (who I caught earlier this week, pictures). The Whitehorse/Batillus tour, which kicked off in early June at Chaos in Tejas, continues in support of a trio of splits for Whitehorse with their tourmates, as well as Cross and Hot Graves.
Without any sort of announcement, Unearthly Trance performed all of their second LP, In The Red, at the show. Video of that performance is still forthcoming, but for now check out video of Whitehorse and Batillus as well as pictures of all of the bands below.
Last week we debuted the lead track from Melbourne, AU's Whitehorse's second of three splits with Seattle's Cross. It was the Australian crew's song that got the spotlight in our last go around, but now comes the new stream for Cross, the metal band featuring TJ Cowgill (King Dude, Teen Cthulu, Book of Black Earth). Stream that entire Cross/Whitehorse split below and get yours at Blind Date.
Whitehorse are currently deep into a tour with Batillus that kicked off at Chaos in Tejas (with Cross). A listing of all remaining tour dates and a stream of the split is below. Reminder, Batillus and Whitehorse play Acheron on June 12th with Unearthly Trance and Skullshitter.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by BBG
May 15th, 1993. That was the last time that death metal legends Autopsy played NYC (at The Tilt with Incantation and Vital Remains), so Friday's appearance at the Bell House (5/4) was a long-time coming. The show was one of a pair of dates for the band, who continued on to play Reggie's in Chicago with Cianide the next evening before heading back to California to prepare for Maryland Deathfest. Support came from NJ death metallers Funebrarum (their first NYC show in 6 years), gods of Brooklyn doom Unearthly Trance and crusty DM killers Undergang, the latter of which came all the way from Denmark just to play The Bell House show. Pictures, video and setlists are in this post.
In other news, Unearthly Trance have added another NYC date, this time supporting Whitehorse (!) at their upcoming date at Acheron on June 12th with Batillus. Batillus recently released a new song from their split with Whitehorse, look for Whitehorse's contribution later this week.
More Autopsy below...
Autopsy at Inferno Festival (more by BBG)
Autopsy are on their way to NYC for their first show in 19 years, and it all goes down TONIGHT at The Bell House! Featuring appearances from Funebrarum (their first NYC show in six years), Unearthly Trance, and Denmark's Undergang, the show is the lone date for Autopsy on the East Coast outside of an already-sold-out appearance at Maryland Deathfest. Tickets are still available for this BV-BBG production.... OR you can try your hand at winning one of THREE pairs I have for giveaway. Details are at the bottom of this post.
Undergang are heading across the Atlantic from Denmark to play the show, and the band have added another date happening Saturday night at Saint Vitus (5/5) with Kalopsia (members of Funebrarum) and Tribune. The show goes down at 9PM and is FREE with donation. Nothing beats a free show, so get there and give at the door if you can!
UPDATE: I was just told that this show has been cancelled.
Stream some Kalopsia and Undergang below, along with details on that contest...
Autopsy in LA (more by Adam Murray)
I am beyond proud to present the return of AUTOPSY for their first show in NYC in 19 years! The band will do a pair of east coast dates that will include a stop in NYC on May 4th and another in Chicago on May 5. Look for the band at The Bell House on May 4th, joined by support from Funebrarum (their first NYC show in six years), Unearthly Trance and Undergang. Tickets are on sale for this BV/Order of The Serpent event. The show will be the band's ONLY NYC date, and their last for who knows how long....
Autopsy also plays a sold-out night at Maryland Deathfest and will also head overseas to play the Inferno Festival in Norway over Easter weekend along with Bolt Fest, a UK festival featuring Bolt Thrower, Discharge, Benediction and Vallenfyre.
Crusty-death metal crew Undergang, who recently impressed at a string of dates that included Chaos in Tejas and just returned from a successful European tour with Funebrarum, will make the trek from Denmark (!) for the Brooklyn show. No word on if that will translate into additional shows though... we'll keep you up to date.
All tour dates and a video for the title track from their recent All Tomorrow's Funerals is below...
DOWNLOAD:Noisear - "Endless Reincarnation" (MP3)
Unearthly Trance at Saint Vitus (more by Greg Cristman)
Unearthly Trance shows are few and far between nowadays, but the band will awaken from their live slumber to play Acheron on March 1st as part of a bill that includes The Communion, Water Torture, and Syphilitic Lust. $8 gets you in the door. Check out the flyer below.
Horseback has completed their new LP Half Blood due via Relapse this Spring. Details are limited so far, but Roadburn has more details about the record and its "amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors." Yep, sounds like a Horseback record!
Check out a new Noisear track from their upcoming three-way split with Antigama and The Kill above. The track features vocals by Mitchell Luna of ex-Maruta fame.
Perdition will join Varix, Murderer and Sad Boys at Heaven Street Records TONIGHT (2/3). Door entry will cost you zilch and beers will cost you a dollar. Sounds like a winning night of furious, crusty punk to me.
Drainland will share a split 7" with Crows due on Suburban Mayhem Records. Stream the material from that release below.
One interesting and important footnote to the upcoming Behold the Arctopus show at Saint Vitus on Feb 24th... Support will come from Mindless Blasting and Geryon, two bands which feature Mick Barr with Nondor Nevai and Nick McMaster with Lev Weinstein respectively. Basically, a night of Krallice-related projects... should be interesting. Tickets are on sale.
No NYC dates, but Ringworm, Cancer Bats & Primitive are touring from Ohio to SXSW and then back to Ohio together. OFF! were also recently announced on the SXSW lineup.
Mastodon/Opeth/Ghost tickets went on sale earlier today.
Saturday's Ceremony, Pissed Jeans, The Rival Mob, Hoax, Kim Phuc, Gods and Queens show @ Le Poisson Rouge is now sold out.
Converge announced a tour.
YOB recently visited NJ with Tool. Right before that, they headlined their own show in Chicago with Anatomy of Habit and an opening set by YOB's Mike Scheidt who is going to release a solo album this year on Thrill Jockey. BV Chicago has pics from the Chicago show.
A list of suggested NYC shows with song streams, the "Beaten & Left Blind" video by Landmine Marathon, and a set of European SUNN O))) tour dates, below...
Kevin Baker of All Pigs Must Die @ Power of The Riff (more by Taylor Keahey)
Here is our third and final installment in a series where we asked our favorite artists about their highlights of 2011. This batach includes contributions from members of All Pigs Must Die, Altar of Plagues, Hull, "Grim" Kim Kelly, J.Bennett, Chris Bruni (Profound Lore) and many others. Part 1 is HERE. Part 2 is HERE. Part 3 is below...
Serpentine Path 7" art
Take all of Unearthly Trance, add a member of Ramesses (who used to be in Electric Wizard) and what do you get? Serpentine Path, the new collaboration between Tim Bagshaw and NYC's own harbingers of doom. UT first crossed paths with Tim Bagshaw while he was a member of Electric Wizard during the original lineup's 2002 tour together, and over the years have shared stages with Bagshaw's current project, Ramesses. The collaboration has been years in the making, but only shows its head for the first time with a new 7" due at the end of this month via Parasitic Records. Stream half of that 7", "Erebus", for the first time below, and order your copy via the label, who also recently dropped a new Charles Manson and the previously discussed Aldebaran EP on vinyl.
Though Unearthly Trance stepped away from the table for a bit and re-emerged at a show at Saint Vitus earlier this year, Ramesses has remained a constant during all of 2011. The band released the Possessed by the Rise of Magik LP along with Chrome Pineal EP for Ritual Productions in 2011, in addition to Take The Curse which dropped in 2010.
Check out "Erebus" from the new Serpentine Path 7" below, alongside a short interview conducted with Jay Newman (bass) and Tim Bagshaw (guitar)...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Disma headlined Saint Vitus on a rainy Saturday night (8/6) in Greenpoint. They were celebrating the release of Towards The Megalith, their debut LP out which is now via Profound Lore Records. The show, which originally featured an exclusive Northeastern appearance from Loss, instead saw opening performances Coffinworm (who ripped), Unearthly Trance (back from the live-grave!), and Baltimore's Oak (fantastic). Pictures and video are in this post, including virtually all of Disma and Unearthly Trance's sets, a new/unreleased Coffinworm track ("Instant Death Syndrome"), and footage from the dimly-lit Oak set.
The show was one of only two Coffinworm shows on the East Coast, Disma's only NYC date, Unearthly Trance's first NYC date in more than six months, and was one of two Oak dates in two days. They also played Stolen Sleeves on Friday (8/5) with Convulsions and Grudges (who also play The Acheron on 8/28 with Victims).
We interviewed Daryl Kahan of Disma before the show. Check that out if you missed it.
More pictures, the videos and the Disma/Unearthly Trance set lists from Saint Vitus, below...
DOWNLOAD: Disma - Spectral Domination (MP3)
The NYC area is rich with veterans of the hardcore and metal scenes, but not quite as fertile with people who have done time in both. Daryl Kahan is one of those. Equally as likely to be found in an SSD shirt as he is to be seen in a Demigod one, Daryl's past is littered with multiple hardcore, blackened, and death metal bands that bear names like Funebrarum, Citizens Arrest, and Abazagorath. One weekend, Maryland Deathfest 2011, called for Kahan to hit the stage with both the blasting hardcore of Citizens Arrest and the unholy death metal of the reactivated Funebrarum. Kahan is an example that the word extreme isn't limited to any one scene.
Daryl's new project, the bulldozing death-metal machine Disma, recently released their latest LP Towards The Megalith and are preparing for their record release party with Coffinworm, Unearthly Trance, and Oak (at Saint Vitus on 8/6, tickets).
I sat down with Daryl to discuss Disma, Citizens Arrest, Funebrarum, Assuck, and cassette trading culture. The results are below.
Unearthly Trance at Union Pool (more by Johnathan McPhail)
Good news/bad news. Bad news first. Due to an injury sustained by one of the band members that will require surgery, Loss have cancelled their scheduled 8/6 appearance at Saint Vitus . The band apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and they plans to make up the date in the near future. Best to the band as we raise our glasses for a speedy recovery.
The good news? Unearthly Trance has been ressurected from the "live show" grave and will return to the stage in Loss's stead! The show will be Unearthly Trance's first appearance since hitting Japan for the Extreme The Dojo tour with High on Fire & Melvins that saw them on the front lines of the Japanese earthquake and ensuing tsunami. The last time that Unearthly Trance played NYC was with Doomriders/Sweet Cobra at Union Pool.
In related news, all three members of Unearthly Trance ALSO have a new band, Serpentine Path, featuring Tim Bagshaw of ex-Electric Wizard/current-Ramesses infamy. Check out pictures of their jam sessions at their blog.
Show flyer and some video is below.
Unearthly Trance at their last NYC show? (more by Jonathan McPhail)
After returning from a quake/tsunami-ravaged Japan where they toured with High on Fire & Melvins (all bands are OK), preceeded by an Australian tour with Monarch & Dark Castle, NYC's Unearthly Trance have called it quits.
Unearthly Trance played our FINAL show in Nagoya, Japan. We will no longer be playing live again. Thanks to all who came to see us over the years! -Ryan LipynskyHopefully "no longer be playing live again" won't also affect their recorded output (their latest LP V was one of my favorites of 2010) or Lipynsky's output with The Howling Wind. R.I.P. to one of my favorite NYC bands.
photos by Jonathan McPhail, words by BBG
Sweet Cobra had a helluva welcome at their very first NYC appearance on February 12th. A few short moments after the Chicago band took the Union Pool stage, the show sold out. It helped that they were the first band on a serious bill that included the heavyweight left-right punches of Thin-Lizzy-worshipping skate-punks Doomriders & dark-doom-lords Unearthly Trance.
The room was packed to the gills with moshpits breaking out during Unearthly Trance that were only later outdone by the crowdsurfing during Doomriders. More pictures and some videos from the incredible Saturday show are below.
UK Crust legends Doom
Doom were an English crust punk band from Birmingham, England, whose first, influental lineup were together from 1987 to 1990. Despite its short existence, the band is considered pivotal in the rise of crust punk, a style within the punk rock subgenre that fuses extreme metal with anarcho-punk. They recorded for Peaceville Records and are cited as an early precursor to the grindcore style of heavy metal music. Doom were also a favorite of BBC Radio DJ John Peel. -[Wiki]As we knew, Doom have reformed again and is scheduled to play Maryland Death Fest and Chaos in Tejas. Now comes word that the UK crust legends will fill the holes in between, adding Europa on May 27th with Dropdead, Teargas, and others. Tickets are on sale. The full tour schedule is below. Dropdead recently played the A389 Anniversary show in Baltimore with Integrity and a host of others.
In related Maryland Deathfest bands on the road news, a pair of great all ages metal shows have popped up at Shea Stadium recently. May 20th will see death metal from Deutchland as Defeated Sanity team up with the great Dysrhythmia and Andromorphus Rexalia. The show is one of two scheduled for Dysrhythmia in the near future. March 11th will see them at Union Pool.
The next day at Shea Stadium, May 21st, The Kill and Noisear have added a second show in addition to their previously discussed appearance with Cripple Bastards at Public Assembly on May 25th. "Interracial deathgrinders" Copremesis and The Communion will kickstart the show. Speaking of that Cripple Bastards show, the bill just got a little more impressive with the addition of Shitstorm (mems Torche, Capsule, ex-Kylesa).
They must love us! After playing Death By Audio last weekend, oddball doom faves The Body will play Union Pool on February 22nd with Braveyoung and one more TBA. The show is one of two NYC shows scheduled for the band, as they will also team up with Unearthly Trance and Whitehorse (!) to play the Acheron on 4/1 at the tail end trip back from SXSW.
Not quite metal, but Jarboe has scheduled an NYC show at Europa on March 24th with Vampilia. Tickets are on sale and the show is Jarboe's only current tour date. No word on who will join Jarboe on stage, as both Nick Palmirotto and Fade Kainer (members of her band, along with Erik Wunder) will be on tour with their respective bands (Hull & Batillus). Hull & Batillus play The Studio at Webster Hall two days later (3/26) with Caltrop, tickets are on sale.
In other metal related news, the facade know as Sepultura (Andreas Kisser is the lone original member) rolls into town and the band is hitting the road for a string of dates that include Gramercy Theater on 4/25. Tickets are still available. They'll be joined by Keep of Kalessin, Bonded in Blood, Neuraxis, and Hate. Full tour dates are below.
Atheist will play Santos Party House on March 3rd with A Life Once Lost, the great Revocation, and Last Chance To Reason. Ticket info is forthcoming. Atheist released the well-received Jupiter last year and A Life Once Lost, who recently lost their drummer, have signed on to Season Of Mist.
All tour dates and some video is below.
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "By Endurance We Conquer" (MP3)
Sleep at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more)
Lists are very subjective. A "best of" list is always an amalgam of personal experiences - that fateful moment when you press "Play" for the first time, in addition to a grade of excellent songwriting. The records I've listed below had a profound impact on me this year, as did many of the shows that I attended and put on in the past twelve months. I'd like to thank all the artists who made this list as well as the ones who didn't, in addition to people like 1000 Knives, Osiris, Bill Dozer, Ian Dickson and venues like Union Pool, The Studio at Webster Hall, Acheron, Santos Party House and a slew of others for keeping heavy music alive in NYC. But mostly, thank YOU, the reader and the listener!
Alright, enough with the sappy bulshit, let's RAGE...
Unearthly Trance (who we recently interviewed) celebrated the unveiling of V at Union Pool on 9/29 as part of a kickoff to a string of dates with Swedish doom killers SUMA who were playing their first-ever US show. The band mpressed with their noise-inflected take on crusty doom.
Recent A389 signees Pharoah supported the pair at Union Pool, much like they will at the upcoming A389 Anniversary scheduled for January 22nd at Sonar in Baltimore. Integrity (who played the show last year), Haymaker, Rot In Hell, Dropdead (who just played NYC), The Love Below (who played NYC with Judas), Seven Sisters of Sleep, and Pale Creation round out the rest of the bill and tickets are on sale. Pharoah was also added to the upcoming Wolvserpent/Archon bill on Tuesday (10/5 at Acheron) in place of Bezoar.
More pics from the Union Pool Record Release party for V, including UT's setlist, are below.
DOWNLOAD: Unearthly Trance - "The Horsemen Arrive In The Night" (MP3)
Ryan Lipynsky on stage w/ Unearthly Trance (more by Markus Shaffer)
Unearthly Trance may be celebrating their new LP V TODAY (9/28) via Relapse Records (same day/label as Black Anvil's Triumvirate), but it definitely ain't all rays of sunshine. The NYC trio bulldoze and pillage their way through twelve new tracks, all while seething with a fury that could only come from NYC. Dig on one of those tracks, "The Horsemen Arrive In The Night".
With V finally in the open, the record will be celebrated with Swedish doom band SUMA (profiled here) at Union Pool tomorrow (9/29) with Pharoah (profiled here) as part of a larger tour for UT/SUMA. The band will hit the road for additional dates in the coming months.
We sat down with Ryan Lipynsky to discuss the band and the new record, as well as his work with The Howling Wind & Pollution, and life in the NYC heavy music scene. The results of that conversation are below...
words & photos by BBG
Sleep @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple Monday night
Back before Boris and Sunn O))) took over the place, Sleep played their first of two NYC shows at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Monday night, Labor Day (9/6). Unearthly Trance and Doomriders opened the show, and the legendary stoner band will do it AGAIN TONIGHT (9/8), this time with different openers: Lichens and A Storm of Light. The show, which WAS sold out, will now have tickets available when doors open at 7PM TODAY.
Unearthly Trance's next NYC show is at Union Pool on 9/29 with Swedish doom destructors SUMA and NJ's Pharoah. The show is part of a short stint of dates for the duo and doubles as their record release party for the forthcoming V due on Relapse Records at the end of this month. Unearthly Trance and SUMA will share a collaborative EP on Throne Records in the coming months, not to be confused with their previous, and now sold-out, split 10".
If you miss them tonight, Lichens also have another show coming up soon:
Wednesday September 15th @ SHEA STADIUMMore pictures from Monday's show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, including one of the setlist, and all Unearthly Trace dates, below....
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pics & words by BBG, Archon pics by Ilya Blokh
Unearthly Trance headlined a night of doom-y destruction at The Charleston with the ridiculous Coffinworm, along with Archon (who will play Acheron with Wolvserpent) and Syphilitic Lust. Unfortunately, I only caught the tail end of dueling-vocal doomers Archon from afar, and missed SL entirely. The show was one of a short set of shows for Coffinworm, as the band drove directly from Indianapolis (their home) to Philadelphia on Friday before damning The Charleston on Saturday night.
Coffinworm was a four-piece for the evening, as the recent departure of Tony McGuire on guitar left guitarist T Garrett O'Sha on double duty. Though some complementary parts were missing, the band was nothing less than ferocious and the next time that the Indy band swings through it'll be as a five piece; Coffinworm will replace him with When All Became None cover artist Josh 'Chubbs' Shrontz on drums and current drummer Carl Byers moving from behind the kit to guitar (Josh also plays in World Eater with Coffinworm vocalist Dave). Coffinworm kicked things off with the driving and acidic punk tones of "Start Saving For Your Funeral" before moving into faves from the new LP like "Blood Born Doom", "High on the Reek of Your Burning Remains" and the set closer "The Sadistic Rites Of Count Tabernacula". A pit erupted multiple times during their incredible set.
Unearthly Trance was last up, closing out the evening with two new nods ("The Horsemen Arrive in the Night" and "Solar Eye") to their upcoming LP V due on Relapse this fall. In addition to the new horned beasts, the NYC band burned through UT faves like "Raised By Wolves", "God is a Beast" (the encore) and their cover of Winter's "Servants of the Warsmen" (viewable below). As usual the band delivered a searing set of fiery doom, and I already can't wait to see them with Doomriders and Sleep at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Septmeber 6th (one of two Sleep shows, 9/8 is sold out)
More pictures and videos from the show below...
Matt Pike of Sleep, on stage with High On Fire (more by Markus Shaffer)
I get my fair share of emails, but lately the number regarding a single issue has trumped all others: the sold-out Sleep show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 9/8. Unfortunately, those tickets are completely gone - relegated to the black market (not that I condone...). Luckily though, BrooklynVegan and Osiris Productions are proud to announce a SECOND show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on September 6th, this time with support from Doomriders and Unearthly Trance! Tickets are on sale.
The show takes place the same day that Young Widows, Helms Alee, and Marching Teeth will take on Cake Shop as part of a BrooklynVegan/1000 Knives event. Tickets are on sale.
It's not the first time that Matt Pike and the boys from Unearthly Trance have shared a stage. It also happened when High On Fire played Music Hall of Williamsburg in late July with Natur.
Current Sleep dates and tons of videos are below...
words by Kim Kelly, photos by Markus Shaffer
Kim Kelly, no longer a Philadelphian, made the jump to the concrete jungle known as NYC in between her stints on tour with Zoroaster (check out her tour diary part 1 and part 2) and upcoming van-adventures. Welcome her to town, and check out this report she filed from the 7/27 High On Fire melee. -BBG
The Music Hall of Williamsburg is super close to Public Assembly, which is the only way I managed to find the damn place - you can't play the "black t-shirt game" (i.e., follow someone with a band shirt or long hair to find a show) in Brooklyn, 'cause too many hipsters have embraced the longhair lifestyle. Regardless, it's a cool (if labyrinthine) venue, and big enough to hold a packed crowd of High On Fire fans. Presented by Osiris & Bowery, tonight's show kicked off with some old-school thrash, courtesy of brand-new but Fenriz-approved Brooklynites Natur. I honestly wasn't expecting to like these guys at all, but was pleasantly surprised by their high energy vintage thrash attack (replete with epic NWOBHM-style vocals!). Dudes were having a killer time up there, and their enthusiasm was infectious judging by the madly thrashing hashers down the front.
Unearthly Trance brought things down several notches with their murderously heavy, bastardized doom ("God Is A Beast" was simply MASSIVE). They ran into some technical trouble midway through their set when a bass head went kaput (after intrepid photographer Markus Shaffer pointed out that the stage monitors were, uh, smoking), but luckily managed to borrow one from Natur. UT then plowed through the rest of their dark, angular, and menacing black/grind/death/doom compositions and unleashed some new material off of upcoming opus "V"(due out on Relapse on September 28th). Sounds like it's gonna be a beast. Check out a new song at their myspace.
High On Fire came out with guns blazing, tearing into their crowd-tested, stoner-approved brand of Motorhead-meets-Melvins metallurgy. Indomitable frontman Matt Pike and the lads hauled out a fair share of chestnuts from earlier albums like "Devilution", "Blood from Zion", and "Hung Drawn & Quartered", ending (pre-encore) with the title track from their new jam, Snakes For the Divine (full setlist below, though no "Blessed Black Wings." What the fuck, dude?). Pike roamed the stage like a boozy, shirtless gypsy, flashing his trademark gap-toothed perma-grin and swinging his axe like the pro he is as the crowd hung on his every grizzled invocation. After ambling offstage for a couple minutes, the trio returned for a thunderous encore of "Bastard Samurai." Even if you don't listen to their albums, it's impossible to deny the sheer power and sonic excess of a High On Fire show. They're one hell of a fun live band, and nowadays that counts more than any number of record sales.
More pics from the show, with two of the setlists, are below...
DOWNLOAD: Pollution - "smut sts" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coffinworm - "Start Saving For Your Funeral" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Coffinworm - "High On The Reek Of Your Burning Remains" (MP3)
Coffinworm in Austin (more here)
Besides supporting High On Fire and playing with the reunited Deathcycle, Unearthly Trance has a new show in our midst, playing The Charleston on August 14th with Archon, Syphilitic Lust and the great Coffinworm! The show is part of a short string of East Coast dates for 'da Worm, who will welcome their incredible debut When All Became None (that was released on Profound Lore earlier this year on CD) on gatefold vinyl via Seventh Rule. The pressing is limited to a scant 500 copies, so order that bitch when it hits the Seventh Rule store kiddies.
Meanwhile, Ryan of Unearthly Trance is not only prepping the release of V via Relapse as well as his split with The Endless Blockade for Chrome Peeler, but also has a new release out for his another project, Pollution. Out now via Pollution guitarist Light's imprint, C6 Recordings, the ®SMUT is currently available at the C6 webstore with the first 93 orders coming with a baggie of "smut confetti". I'm guessing you don't use that for grandma's birthday party.
Both Pollution AND Coffinworm are scheduled to play Dudefest 2010 this year, alongside Arab On Radar, Municipal Waste, Trap Them, and many esteemed others. We interviewed Coffinworm earlier this year.
Full tour dates and some video is below...
words by BBG, photos by Samantha Marble
"Just drove three hours to get to Brooklyn in time to watch a forty minute set. Now were driving back. Floor was amazing #worthit" - MarkFMichael
Floor at Europa
Though a shade under a sell-out crowd, Europa was packed with grins on June 26th for one of only two East Coast reunion shows for stoner/doom greats Floor. There was a good bit of people who came into town specifically for the show, as Steve Brooks remarked on stage and in between bouts of crowd-surfing. ("I see a lot of friendly faces from far far away").
Support for Floor came from a trio of misanthropes: the incredible Unearthly Trance, Javelina and Hot Graves. Florida's Hot Graves specialize in a particularly playful (due to great on-stage banter) blackened thrash with heavy nods to Celtic Frost and Bathory. Meanwhile, Javelina killed the crowd with their sludge-punk sprinkled with killer dual-leads. I cornered one of the band members after the show, who said that they are three songs into a new LP. More on that soon.
Unearthly Trance directly supported Floor, which was somewhat appropro considering that bassist Jay Newman booked their last NYC show many years ago. Their set was peppered with tracks from the forthcoming V, and killed the crowd with spot-on stops and massive riffs. V is currently on pre-order via Relapse, but the band recently dropped a new split with The Endless Blockade on Chrome Peeler. Order a copy.
Currently, Floor has only one tour date on the calendar. They will re-emerge on August 3rd of this year to play Gainesville for the second time in a year.
Tons of pics and a video from Europa are below...