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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Bang at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Bang

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:

'70s proto-metal band Bang, who played their first-ever NYC show in 2014 and opened for Pentagram here later that year, will return to NYC again on May 10 at The Shop (234 Starr St in Bushwick). That show's with three much newer bands who owe a lot to the '70s hard rock scene Bang hail from, Ruby the Hatchet, Blackout and Mirror Queen. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.

Maine black metallers Falls of Rauros return to NYC on June 6 at Saint Vitus with Wayfarer, Hivelords and Belus. Tickets are on sale now.

French drone doomers Monarch play Saint Vitus on August 14 with local support from the back-in-action Unearthly Trance and Gnaw (tickets).

That's now one of three Unearthly Trance NYC shows, including Vitus on 5/24 with Samothrace & more (tickets) and Acheron on 7/17 with Churchburn & Belus (tickets).

Sludge duo Jucifer continue to tour constantly and will hit NYC on June 7 at the Acheron with Vaporizer and Family. Tickets are on sale.

Other heavy shows announced this week include GWAR, Down, Opeth, 1349 / Necrophagia / Vattnet Viskar / Black Anvil, and Power Trip / Foreseen / Red Death. Head to last week's roundup for way more, including Slayer, Nuclear Assault, Goatwhore, Ringworm, Crowbar, Bongzilla, Conan, and The Dillinger Escape Plan.

photo: Noisem at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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There's also some good new music streaming this week. Last we posted three songs from the new Noisem album, Blossoming Decay, due June 6 via A389. Now the whole album is streaming, and it's a thrashy, hardcore-leaning record that will seriously kick your ass. Listen below. Their tour with Iron Reagan hits NYC on June 4 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.

Coliseum are also streaming their new album, Anxiety's Kiss, which drops next week (5/5) via Deathwish. The post-hardcore/heavy punk formula they've been perfecting for over a decade is in full force here, as are some new sounds like the desolate Bad Seeds/Patti Smith-style trip, "Driver At Dusk." Listen to the whole thing below. Their tour with Child Bite hits NYC on June 10 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available.

Vattnet Viskar put out the title track from their upcoming album, Settler, which is due June 16 via Century Media. Some of their atmospheric black metal roots are intact here, but it definitely moves far beyond black metal, including a middle section that's closer to straight rock than metal (besides the harsh vocals). Listen below, via Stereogum. In addition to their above-mentioned NYC show with 1349 (5/31 at Vitus - tix), they also have their tour with Early Graves hitting NYC on May 21 at Saint Vitus with Anaal Nathrakh and more (tickets).

Also out now is three tracks off Weedeater's upcoming Steve Albini-recorded album for Season of Mist, and a new one from the Baroness-related Valkyrie. Listen to those below.

Continue reading "new music from Noisem, Coliseum, Vattnet Viskar & more +++ Bang, Monarch, Jucifer & more playing NYC shows"

photo: 1349 at Gramercy Theatre in February (more by Greg Cristman)
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Norwegian black metal vets 1349 already toured through North America once this year, and they're doing it again this spring. Support comes from the even more OG BM band Necrophagia, and the much newer (and also great) Vattnet Viskar.

The tour hits NYC on May 31 at Saint Vitus, and turning that great triple bill into a great quadruple bill is locals Black Anvil. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Vattnet Viskar, whose new album Settler comes out June 16, also have other tour dates that bring them to Saint Vitus on May 21 with Anaal Nathrakh, Early Graves, Incite and Secrets of The Sky. Tickets for that show are still available.

Black Anvil also have two other Saint Vitus shows coming up. They play Stardust fest at that venue on June 27 with Bethlehem, Tombs, Young and in the Way, Inter Arma and Vorde (tickets); and Marytrdoom fest on November 8 with Mortuary Drape, Demonomancy, Phobocosm and Sangus (tickets).

All dates are listed, with a 1349 video from 2014's Massive Cauldron of Chaos on Season of Mist, below...

Continue reading "1349 announce tour w/ Necrophagia & Vattnet Viskar (dates)"

Mobb Deep

Maryland Deathfest is less than a month away (May 21-24), and the lineup was already stacked with Neurosis, Napalm Death, Yob, Triptykon, Primordial, Inter Arma, Tombs, D.R.I., Conan, Ufomammut, Sodom and so many more. Yet MDF still felt the need to sweeten the deal, so they went ahead and added one more to the lineup: Mobb Deep.

You didn't read that wrong, and it's not some foreign metal band with a lawsuit ahead of them. The legendary Queensbridge hip hop duo Mobb Deep are playing at 11:30 PM on the Thursday of MDF (5/21) at Baltimore Soundstage, amongst this otherwise metal, hardcore, and metal-related lineup. It's not crazy -- it's not like Slayer wasn't on Def Jam, Anthrax never collaborated with Public Enemy, and metal and hip hop haven't had a crossover fan base for years -- but it should be interesting to see how this goes down. Tickets for just the Mobb Deep show are on sale, and anyone with an MDF 4-day pass or a Thursday Soundstage ticket can get in too.

Mobb Deep also have several other dates including a hometown NYC show this weekend at BB King's on Sunday (4/26) with Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist and Smif-N-Wessun. Tickets for Sunday's show are still available.

Meanwhile, their seminal 1995 album, The Infamous, turns 20 tomorrow (4/25). Listen to "Shook Ones Pt. II" from that record, with their tour dates and the updated MDF schedule, below...

Continue reading "Mobb Deep added to Maryland Deathfest (seriously), playing other shows too (including NYC this Sunday)"

photo: Origin at Gramercy Theatre in February (more by Greg Cristman)
Origin

NYC never has a lack of good metal shows and metal tours passing through. Here's a roundup of a few upcoming ones that we haven't gotten a chance to talk about yet...

Long-running death metal band Origin play Maryland Deathfest in May and are going on a Metal Injection-presented tour with Krisiun, Aeon, Alterbeast, Soreption and Ingested in late summer/early fall. That tour hits NYC on October 1 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

OG DMers Master also play MDF, and they hit NYC not long beforehand on May 7 at Acheron for a show with Solstice, Dismemberment, Hate Storm Annihilation and Sunlord. Tickets are on sale now. Dates are listed below.

Swedish d-beaters Wolfbrigade play MDF too, and the day before their set at that festival they'll stop by NYC to play Acheron on May 22. Tickets are on sale. It's their only US club show.

New Hampshire black metal band Vattnet Viskar announced that their Sanford Parker-produced sophomore LP, Settler, will be out June 16, and that they're going on a short May tour leading up to MDF with Early Graves. That hits NYC on May 21 at Saint Vitus, the show that already included Anaal Nathrakh, Incite and Secrets of the Sky. Tickets for that stacked bill are still available. All dates are listed below.

Neurot-signed psych metallers U.S. Christmas are teaming up with related band Generation of Vipers for an April tour that hits Brooklyn on April 23 at Saint Vitus and Jersey City on April 24 at The Dopeness with Thera Roya and Sunrot. Tickets for Vitus are on sale now, and Jersey is $10 at the door (more info here). All tour dates are listed below.

Fulgora, a new project of Pig Destroyer and Agoraphobic Nosebleed drummer Adam Jarvis, play their first-ever NYC show on May 21 at Acheron with Wake, Sunrot and Scowl. Tickets are on sale.

Melodic death metal band Horrendous are playing another NYC show this year in support of last year's excellent Ecydysis. The new date happens May 29 at Saint Vitus with Pyrrhon, Huldra, Somnol and Sentience. Tickets are on sale.

Pyrrhon, who were dropped from Relapse but will release their new Growth Without End on June 2 via Handshake Inc (read their statement here), also play Saint Vitus on June 18 with KEN mode, Fight Amp and Couch Slut. Ticket info still TBA.

photo: Livver at Death by Audio in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Livver

Salem, MA noise-hardcore band Livver play Acheron on April 24 with Rozamov, Godmaker and Dead Empires. Tickets are on sale.

Portland's noisy, sludgy Wizard Rifle play Acheron on April 25 with Netherlands, The Austerity Program and Tween. Tickets are on sale.

Torrential Downpour, Syphilitic Lust and The Sheltering Sky play Acheron on May 1. Tickets are on sale.

Fit For An Autopsy, Aborted, Archspire, Dark Sermon and Alekhine's Gun play Saint Vitus on May 9. Tickets are on sale.

Beneath Oblivion, Sea of Bones and Fin'amor play Acheron on May 6. Tickets are on sale.

There are a few coming up this weekend too. There's LA death-grind vets Excruciating Terror playing two shows: Saint Vitus on Saturday (4/11) (tickets) and an all-ages Sunday (4/12) matinee at Silent Barn ($8 at door). Brooklyn doomers Blackout play Union Pool on Saturday with Hound and Hasj (tickets). At the Gates, Converge, Pallbearer and Vallenfyre play Webster Hall on Sunday (sold out); Inter Arma, Yautja and Forn play Saint Vitus on Sunday (tickets); and Cleric, Torrential Downpour, Morality Crisis, Bangladeafy and Hannibal Montana are playing Paper Box on Sunday (tickets).

Other previously-mentioned metal shows include Goatwhore / Ringworm / Black Breath / Theories, Crowbar / Lord Dying, Misery Index / Lord Dying, Bongzilla, Conan / Mantar, Samothrace, Dillinger Escape Plan / Mutoid Man / Prmitive Weapons, Girlschool, Today Is the Day, Elder / Kings Destroy / Apostle of Solitude, Van Halen, Scorpions, Royal Thunder / Wild Throne, Iron Reagan / Angel Du$t / Noisem, Liturgy / Psalm Zero, Ufomammut, Full of Hell / The Body, and more.

In other heavy news, we premiered music from Venomous Maximus and House of Atreus over at Invisbile Oranges this week.

Still need more? Check out our NYC Metal Calendar.

Lists of tour dates below...

Continue reading "NYC heavy roundup: Origin, Master, Wolfbrigade, Vattnet Viskar, Horrendous, Generation of Vipers, Fulgora & more"

photo: Portal at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
Portal

Australian death metallers Portal are coming over to the US for Maryland Deathfest in May, and not long after that they'll play an MDF-presented NYC show on May 27 at Saint Vitus with MDF-mates and related band Impetuous Ritual, plus Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale now. It's their only other US date we're currently aware of.

Since we last spoke, there's been some lineup updates to MDF. The day-by-day schedules can be viewed below and they include new additions Gnaw Their Tongues (also playing Apex Fest at NYC's Trans-Pecos and California Deathfest) and Blood Red Throne. Those are in place of Dragged Into Sunlight and Metal Church, who both dropped off. Certain shows are sold out, but all available ticket options are HERE.

Continue reading "Portal playing NYC w/ Impetuous Ritual after Maryland Death Fest, which added Gnaw Their Tongues & Blood Red Throne"

FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014
FFF NITES @ FUN FUN FUN Fest - November 7-9 2014

With less than 2 months to go, today Fun Fun Fun Fest release their FFF NITES lineup:

FUN FUN FUN FEST (FFF Fest) is excited to announce today the lineup for FFF Nites, the after shows free to festival wristband holders, during this year's festival November 7--9, 2014, at Auditorium Shores. The Nites performances--including over one hundred FFF performing artists and a roster of artists playing exclusively during Nites--are only available to FFF Fest wristband holders; no tickets will be sold at the door.
If you're on the fence, this might be the final push. More than seventy (74 so far if I counted correctly) of the one-hundred-plus above mentioned artists are exclusive to FFF Nites, including Meat Puppets, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Jazz June, Power Trip, Tombs, Single Mothers, Into It Over It, The Hotelier, Le1f, The Pizza Underground, MSTRKFT and many more. Access to the night shows is FREE with your FFF wristband.

You can still get FFF passes here.

Check out more of the announcement including the full FFF Nites lineup below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Nites lineup announced (Meat Puppets, The Jazz June, TPOBPAH, Power Trip, Single Mothers, Le1f, more)"

by Ian Chainey

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Philadelphia's Ecstatic Vision have signed to Relapse Records and will release their debut near the beginning of 2015. With that, let's get the ex-band stuff out of the way: Doug Sabolick (guitars/vocals) and Jordan Crouse (drums) both played with metalcore groovers A Life Once Lost. However, on the surface, Ecstatic Vision are hardly a continuation of that band's subtly chameleonic sound. Instead, the new quartet filled out by bassist Michael Field Connor and percussionist Muffinman trip into a void swirling with the fuzzy psych of the early '70s work of bands like Amon Düül and Agitation Free, just if they were flavored with African rhythms. Granted, that reads like a stretch -- as if a random purchase of African Scream Contest was the catalyst for a shift away from metal -- but it grows on you, mainly by using the same trance-like effect of A Life Once Lost's underappreciated last album with a better-suited set of timbres. Says Sabolick of their status and sound:

We are currently recording our debut album at various studios around Philly. The album is a great mix of trance inducing primitive African tribal meets heavy psych a la Hawkwind. We are stoked to be working hand in hand with Relapse to bring this unique album to fruition and bring our brand of heavy psych to the masses.
You can hear a track from the band's 2013 demo and watch a live video below.

In addition to the signing and the new album, Ecstatic Vision also have a number of live dates set up, including opening for Pallbearer, Tombs and Vattnet Viskar on October 28 at NYC's Saint Vitus, the second of two shows there on their tour. That show is now sold out.

All Ecstatic Vision dates are listed, with the 2013 demo and live video, below...

Continue reading "Ecstatic Vision signed to Relapse, playing shows, opening for Pallbearer & Tombs in NYC (dates, demo stream, live video)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Tombs at Saint Vitus in July (more by Greg Cristman)

Maryland Deathfest is getting a little more New Yawk with the late addition of NY old-school death metal band Suffocation and Skinless and Brooklyn's own post-metal greats Tombs. Suffocation and Tombs will be playing will be playing the Edison Lot, and Skinless will be playing the 5/21 Ottobar show. MDF announced their third and supposedly final round of bands for the 2015 installation earlier in the week, a bunch that included Yob, Amorphis, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and more.

Tombs and Suffocation will be touring this coming Fall, Tombs with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar (who are also playing MDF). That tour hits Saint Vitus on 10/27 and 10/28. The show on the 27th is sold out, but tickets are still available for the show on the 28th. Suffocation, meanwhile, will be headlining the "Carnival of Death" tour with Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, and Internal Bleeding. That tour starts off at the Gramercy Theatre on October 3. Tickets are on sale.

All dates and updated MDF lineup below...

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest adds a few more bands"

by Ian Chainey

Agoraphobic Nosebleed
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The final round of bands for Maryland Deathfest 2015 was announced and a stacked lineup was stacked even higher. The highlights are numerous, including Agoraphobic Nosebleed's first live set, Amorphis playing their classic Tales from the Thousand Lakes in its entirety, Inverloch jamming out tunes from their former incarnation diSEMBOWELMENT, super-deathers Bloodbath playing an exclusive US show, and ripping speed-metallers (and suddenly influential) Razor making their first appearance in the States in over two decades. The full list of bands featuring other big names -- YOB, Obituary, and Cephalic Carnage to name a few -- appears below.

In addition to the adds, MDF XIII also announced the stages the bands will be playing, including Thursday pre-fest shows filled out by YOB, Ufommamut, Internal Bleeding, Origin, and others. The exact schedule will be pinned down at the end of August. All ticket options will go on sale September 5 at 3 PM. The early bird sold out in record time, so be on the ball for that one.

The third round of bands along with the stage rundowns appears below.

Continue reading "Maryland Deathfest announces final round of bands (YOB, Amorphis, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Inverloch, more)"

by Ian Chainey

Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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Foundations of Burden, the highly anticipated sophomore LP from doomers Pallbearer hit Pitchfork Advance this week. The six-track, nearly 55 minute album continues on in the spirit of Sorrow and Extinction with melancholic leads, redwood-thick riffs, and sorrowful singing. If there's a shift, it's slightly more progressive songwriting that gives their epics a knottier quality. The album will be out via Profound Lore Records on August 19 and it's available for preorder now.

Update: You can now stream it below via bandcamp.

In addition to their album and their Euro tour with YOB, they have a previously discussed stateside run with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar which was recently expanded. After their now-sold-out show happenning at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on October 27, they'll hit the same venue again on October 28. Tickets for that show go on sale Tuesday (8/12) at noon.

Updated dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Pallbearer streaming new LP, add 2nd Saint Vitus show to tour with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar (updated dates)"

by Wyatt Marshall

Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)

In what looks to be the metal press darling tour of the fall, Pallbearer, Tombs and Vattnet Viskar are teaming up for a North American run that kicks off on October 17 in Nashville. The tour hits New York on October 27 at Saint Vitus--tickets go on sale on Friday (7/11) at noon. If you want to see Pallbearer and your city isn't on this list, don't despair--Pallbearer is finalizing the details of a second tour leg that will take place in places "West of Little Rock." It's unclear if that tour will include Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. As part of their currently planned run, Pallbearer (just PB) will also be playing Fun Fun Fun Fest. All announced dates are listed below.

After a tape demo, Pallbearer stormed onto the metal scene with 2012's massive and great Sorrow and Extinction, a release that, for a lot of people, (re)kindled an interest in doom. The band's followup, Foundations Of Burden, is out on August 19 on Profound Lore Records. You can stream a track at NPR.

Brooklyn's Tombs put out the excellent Savage Gold a few weeks back (stream a track, read an interview and review at Invisible Oranges) and, if past experience is to judge, will be great live. They'll be in NYC way before the tour with Pallbearer to celebrate the new LP with a release show at Saint Vitus (7/25) with Pyrhhon, Statiqbloom and Passage Between. Tickets for that show are still available. Their tour also hits Richmond's Fall Line Fest.

As mentioned, New Hampshire black metal band Vattnet Viskar, who have toured regularly since 2013's Sky Swallower, will also be in NYC before the Pallbearer tour on their tour with the awesome Silver Snakes. That hits NYC on 7/21 at the Acheron with No Way and Twin Strike (tickets).

Pallbearer will be on a previously discussed tour in Europe with the mighty doom band Yob before their tour with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Pallbearer announce tour with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar, who both also play NYC this month (dates)"

by Ian Chainey

Vattnet Viskar at SXSW in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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New Hampshire's Vattnet Viskar will be embarking on another road trip this July. The atmospheric black metallers with a doom streak have been racking up the miles since releasing 2013's Sky Swallower. The band is going strong, but the van has apparently taken a beating. "Hangin tough in July with the homies in Silver Snakes," the quartet announced via their Facebook page. "Our van has no air conditioning."

A sweaty Vattnet Viskar will connect with Los Angeles' Silver Snakes for seven dates including July 21 at Brooklyn's the Acheron. (Advance tix should be on sale soon.) That engagement comes in the middle of Silver Snakes' trek across the States that pairs the Bridge 9 band with many different tourmates, such as Aeges, Planes Mistaken for Stars, Devourment, and Lions of Tsavos. And, like their eclectic list of buds, Silver Snakes are something of a versatile tweener. Their newest album, Year of the Snake, mixes together the post-hardcore/alt. rock melancholy of Shiner and Miltown with ageless indie rock hooks, rootsy earnestness, and aggressive onslaughts that wouldn't be out of place on a slab of sludge. Catchy, heavy, honest.

All dates are listed, with a stream of Year of the Snake, below...

Continue reading "Silver Snakes released an album, touring with Vattnet Viskar (dates & LP stream)"

by Andrew Sacher

Tera Melos

Melodic math rockers Tera Melos released their solid X'ed Out album last year via Sargent House, and just gave one of its tracks, "Slimed," video treatment. The video follows a couple of costumed guys with a shitty acoustic guitar from the shower to the swimming pool, and shows all their antics (including playing with a dolphin fountain) along the way. The video premieres in this post and you can check it out below.

As briefly mentioned, Tera Melos are also touring with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Vattnet Viskar this year, which is a pretty great triple bill. The tour doesn't hit NYC, but it will be nearby for shows at Amityville, NY's Revolution Bar & Music on 5/9 (tickets) and Hartford, CT's Webster Theater on 5/10 (tickets).

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

Continue reading "Tera Melos made a video for "Slimed" (watch), touring w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan & Vattnet Viskar (dates)"

by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher

Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Black Tusk

SXSW may be all about catching the hippest bands--check out the SXSW schedule for a lowdown on what's going on (or browse our "SXSW" tag for some highlights) -- including three BV day parties and the BV official showcase -- but there's no shortage of metal to bang your head to, either. Our metal blog, Invisible Oranges, is putting on a showcase on Thursday, March 13 at the Quantum Lounge (303 W. 5th St.) with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man (members Converge/Cave In), Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus, and there are a number of other showcases and parties bringing heavy vibes. Here's a rundown of those events (with flyers and more details below).

TUESDAY

On Tuesday night (3/12), Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase goes down at House of Vans at Mohawk (912 Red River) with Indian, Kylesa, Power Trip, Christian Mistress, Windhand and Iron Reagan outside; and Youth Code, Gnaw, Primitive Man, Psalm Zero, Sannhet and Yautja inside.

WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday (3/13), it's the first of four Converse x Thrasher Death Match day parties at the Scoot Inn (1308 E 4th St) from noon to 6 across two stages with heavy representation from Earthless and The Shrine, plus some fun non-metal like Black Lips, Trash Talk (who also play the free Thursday BV party at Red 7), Cherry Glazerr and more. Free to the public.

Stereofly is also throwing a free party at Javelina Bar (69 Rainey St) with Yautja, Primitive Man, Gnarwhal and more.

There's also a not-free Heavy Metal Parking Lot day-into-night party at The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Rd) with Wino's reformed Spirit Caravan, The Shrine, Kylesa, Lazer/Wulf, Truckfighters and more. You can get advance tickets to that one.

Wednesday night, Relapse Records (who signed Iron Reagan, who do play SXSW but not this show) throws their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St) with Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon. You can also catch Nothing for free at the Thursday BV party at Red 7 which Trash Talk is also playing.

Not far from there, Roadhouse Management / Nuclear Blast Records will be presenting their showcase inside at Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) with Orchid, Kadavar, Scropion Child, BP Fallon & the Bandits, Mothership, Sweat Lodge and The Well. (Not metal, but outside at that same venue on the same night is our BrooklynVegan showcase. And hey, there are some heavier bands like Touche Amore and Frameworks on the bill.)

Also on Wednesday night, you can catch Wrekmeister Harmonies at Remedy (209B W. 5th St) with a non-metal lineup of Sean Nicholas Savage, Audacity, Tyvek and more.

THURSDAY

Thursday (3/13), the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties continue with Windhand, Nothing and not exactly metal (not that Nothing is really metal either), but certainly loud bands Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, together PANGEA and Dirty Fences.

Then at night, it's our previously mentioned Invisible Oranges showcase at the Quantum Lounge with Black Tusk, Mutoid Man, Kayo Dot, Yautja, Wild Throne and Venemous Maximus.

We do of course hope you come, but you can also catch Scale the Summit, The Ocean, Rivers of Nihil, Felix Martin, Vattnet Viskar, The Atlas Moth and Silver Snakes at the Metal Injection showcase at the Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St).

FRIDAY

It's the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties again on Friday (3/14) with the recently reunited NYHC band Judge, the recently reunited '80s-era SST vets Bl'ast, plus quality newer bands like Kylesa, Power Trip, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Lecherous Gaze, Iron Reagan, Southern Lord-signed LA band Obliterations (not to be confused with Relapse-signed Norwegian band Obliteration), Youth Code and more.

During the day on Friday, New England Metal & Hardcore Fest also has a free party at G Pen Annex (corner of 6th and Red River) with Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Comeback Kid, Backtrack, Counterparts, Downpresser and more.

That night, MetalSucks puts on their showcase at The Dirty Dog (505 E. 6th St), headlined by Animals as Leaders, and also featuring sets by After the Burial, Ringworm, Iron Reagan, Mutoid Man, Whores and East of the Wall.

The last day of the free Converse x Thrasher Death Match parties happens on Saturday (3/15), and though there's no metal at all on this one, you can still rage to Perfect Pussy and Diarrhea Planet.

SATURDAY

Then, Saturday night, Tone Deaf Touring's showcase is at Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River) with Spirit Caravan, Iron Reagan, King Parrot, Vattnet Viskar, Lazer/Wulf, Pilgrim and Vaporizer.

And if you've got a badge, you can check out some of the metal panels during the day, including From Riffs to Bits with James Williamson (The Stooges) and Buzz Osborne (Melvins) on Friday at 12:30 PM, and Has Metal Lost Its Edge? with Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Gigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), former BrooklynVegan contributor Fred Pessaro (Noisey), and Kim Kelly (Pitchfork) on Thursday at 3:30 PM.

That's a good amount of choices of the heavy persuasion for this year's SXSW, but if you're trying to narrow down the things you want to catch, we've put together a list of 11 metal bands we're looking forward to seeing. Check out that list (in alphabetical order) and along with flyers and set times for the above-mentioned shows, below...

Continue reading "metal @ SXSW 2014 -- show previews, lineups & our top picks"

by Wyatt Marshall

Vattnet Viskar at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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We've mentioned that New Hampshire's black/doom metal darlings Vattnet Viskar will be hitting the road soon with both Vaporizer (including 3/3 at Brooklyn's Acheron) and then later The Dillinger Escape Plan. Now the band has added additional dates with Australian thrash band King Parrot to keep them on the road for over two months. One of the new dates will be a second visit to NYC, playing Saint Vitus on March 30 with Vaporizer and King Parrot, so if you can't make the earlier Acheron date with Pyrrhon and Vaporizer, you've got a chance for redemption. Tickets for the Vitus date have yet to go on sale, but tickets for the Acheron are available.

Vattnet Viskar's debut album, Sky Swallower, came out last year. All dates are listed, along with a video for "Breath of the Almighty," below...

Continue reading "Vattnet Viskar expands tour, adds Saint Vitus show with King Parrot after Acheron (updated dates)"

By Doug Moore

TONITE! (...sort of, not really)
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Real talk: the weather fucking sucked this week, and it shows few signs of improving over the weekend. On top of that, it's Valentine's Day today. Not brutal! (Or doubly brutal, depending on your inclinations.) But you guys are troopers, right? And there's a good amount of fun stuff going on this weekend:

Tonight (2/14): industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy are playing at Webster Hall along with Army of the Universe & Cult of Youth, though the show is sold out. Saint Vitus is hosting a more romantic event (by some definitions, anyway) -- the DLR-era Van Halen tribute band Bottom's Up.

Tomorrow (2/15): gnarly noise rock locals Fashion Week are playing an ABC No Rio matinee along with out-of-towners Manners, Dying, & Capacities. Rozamov's tour is hitting Acheron, with help from Godmaker, Eggnogg, & Crushed. Meanwhile, long-running death/thrashers Deceased will put in a one-off appearance at Saint Vitus alongside Fantom Warrior, Penetration, Sacrificial Blood, Exhumation, & Iron Force. Keep an eye on our nifty NYC metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.

In other news:

The great Polish death metal band Decapitated have entered the studio to record their sixth album.

Some grainy, 30-second streaming samples of the new Triptykon album are available on Amazon, if you're into that kind of thing.

Knelt Rote have canceled their appearance at Martyrdoom 2014, which is a bummer. On the bright side, Lord Mantis and Evoken have joined the bill.

Shirley Temple's passing reminded a lot of people that her daughter Lori Black was briefly a member of (the) Melvins, though Black's stint in also-ran thrashers Clown Alley continues to go uncelebrated.

Speaking of Melvins, frontman Buzz Osborne has debuted the first song from his aforementioned solo acoustic 10" via Rolling Stone. You can stream it below.

The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced another spring tour. This one's with Tera Melos & Vattnet Viskar (the latter of whom are playing NYC soon), and while it doesn't stop in NYC, you can catch it if you schlep out to Hartford, CT on May 10. All tour dates are listed below.

Over in the IO corner:

We checked out great new tunes by New Light Choir, Behemoth, The Wounded Kings, and Xothist. We continued our career-spanning retrospective on Babylon Whores. We gave you the deets on all of this week's $$$-worthy new metal. And we spoke to NYC metal scene fixture Curran Reynolds (Wetnurse, Body Stuff, Today is the Day, & the Precious Metal Series) on our East Village Radio show. Tune in every Tuesday night at 10pm on EVR.com for ticket giveaways, interviews, and the best new riffage around.

The Dillinger Escape Plan tour dates and Buzz Ozborne stream below. Anything else?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown (Valentine's Day edition): Deceased, Decapitated, Shirley Temple's metal relevance, & more"

By Doug Moore

Triptykon - Melana Chasmata album cover
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Triptykon, Tom G. Warrior's post-Celtic Frost concern, have announced the details for their second full-length album. It'll be entitled Melana Chasmata, it'll run for about 70 minuts, and it will come out in the States on April 15 -- just in time for everyone to spin it for a month before the band's Maryland Deathfest appearance. Check out the track listing below. That's Alien creature creator and longtime Celtic Frost/Triptykon collaborator H.R. Giger's cover art above. Unsurprisingly, it looks like it's made of dicks.

Prog-metal pioneers Cynic are streaming their new album, Kindly Bent to Free Us, via Pitchfork. It picks up big time in its second half, if you ask me.

New-school black metallers Vattnet Viskar will be touring with Vaporizer in March on their way to SXSW. They'll hit NYC on 3/3 at the Acheron; locals Pyrrhon (my band) will be on the bill as well. All tour dates are listed below.

Powerviolence legends Despise You have added a second NYC show on the day before their previously-announced April 5 appearance. The April 4 edition will take place at The Silent Barn; it'll also feature the new NYC-based iteration of Magrudergrind, as well as Backslider and Grudges.

It's kind of a slow weekend for shows, but there are three sweet events on Sunday (2/9): Pissed Jeans / Purling Hiss / Pampers at the Knitting Factory (tix), Psalm Zero / Yautja / Geryon / Kevin Hufnagel at the Acheron (tix), and Deep Swell / Kings Destroy / The Brought Low at Saint Vitus (tix). Keep an eye on our awesome NYC metal calendar for the latest. It rules.

From the IO department: we debuted music by Dephosphorus and Soreption, and took a careful look at new jams by Impure Wilhelmina, Drudkh, & Winterfylleth. We also spoke to Steve Tucker of Warfather and two members of the underrated and sadly defunct Babylon Whores. We also gave you the week in notable metal releases, and the gave away some tickets to see Amon Amarth, Enslaved, and Skeletonwitch (courtesy of Ticketmaster) via our East Village Radio show. Tune in every Tuesday at 10pm for more giveaways, guests, and brand new metal jams.

Check out the Triptykon track listing and the Vattnet Viskar/Vaporizer tour dates below. Anything else?

Continue reading "The Heavy Lowdown: new Triptykon, Cynic streaming, Vattnet Viskar touring, Despise You add 2nd NYC show + more"

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The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.

Continue reading "SXSW 2014 announces third round of showcasing artists"

by Wyatt Marshall

Vattnet Viskar at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Christman)
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New Hampshire's Vattnet Viskar put out one of the strongest US black metal albums of the year in Sky Swallower, and here's a chance to hear some of it live before the year closes out. Vattnet Viskar is playing a couple of dates before 2014, including the Acheron on December 20 with So Hideous, Alekhine's Gun and Imperial Triumphant. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Vattnet has a couple of other dates scheduled, too and all are listed below.

Speaking of, New York City's So Hideous recently put out an album, Last Poem/First Light, and it's a doozy that blends atmospheric black metal and post-hardcore to epic effect. Listen to the whole thing below.

Imperial Triumphant, also New Yorkers, put out an EP of twisted black metal titled Goliath not too long ago. They also made a video for "Crushing the Idol" from their 2012 LP Abominamentvm. That video is a twisted nightmare trip into the dark side of prep school privilege. Watch it below.

Check out tour dates, streams and the video below...

Continue reading "Vattnet Viskar touring (dates), including NYC w/ So Hideous and Imperial Triumphant who are streaming new records"

by Doug Moore

Nachtmystium at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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Metal Insider have announced the details of their 2013 CMJ showcase. The show will be on October 18 at Europa and will feature Nachtmystium, who were supposedly on hiatus for the year and who haven't come around since their November 2012 Vitus date in support of Silencing Machine. Byzantine (who haven't played NYC in six years), New York's own Black Anvil, Ramming Speed (who played a sold-out Vitus gig with Windhand last week), and Vattnet Viskar round out the lineup. Tickets are available now.

The metal lineup around CMJ weekend is starting to fill out. The Invisible Oranges showcase, featuring two headlining Pelican performances, will go down on October 17 and 18. Lineup and venue details are still emerging; stay tuned for those. As we mentioned, the MetalSucks/Metal Injection showcase -- featuring Fuck the Facts, Fit for an Autopsy, Hivesmasher, Meek Is Murder, and Stomach Earth -- is at the Acheron on October 18. Tickets are available now. And Godflesh's first NYC date in basically forever is on October 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are still available for that one, somehow.

photos by Karen A. Mann, words by Doug Moore,

Gorguts @ Hopscotch Festival - 9/6/13
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Reports continue to trickle in from Raleigh, N.C.'s Hopscotch Festival. The metal marched on during Friday (9/6) night with an extremely intimate set at Slim's, featuring Pig Destroyer, Gorguts, Vattnet Viskar, and Brooklyn's own Sannhet. Slim's has a capacity of just 100 people, and either Pig Destroyer or Gorguts could easily have sold the place out.

For Gorguts, the Hopscotch show was part of their short tour, which has come to a close, but they recently told us on the Invisible Oranges East Village Radio show that they're planning some more dates for the end of the year, and they're also confirmed for Maryland Deathfest 2014. Their new album, Colored Sands, is out now and can be streamed below (via Revolver).

Pig Destroyer also recently debuted a new song via Adult Swim. They'll be at Hudson, NY's two-day Basilica Sound Scape festival this Friday (9/13) with Pharmakon, Richard Hell (reading), Evian Christ, Julianna Barwick, and more. Tickets for both days are still available.

In case you missed them, we also posted pictures of ASG and Golden Void's Hopscotch show. More of Pig Destroyer/Gorguts at Invisible Oranges, and below...

Continue reading "Pig Destroyer, Gorguts, Vattnet Viskar & Sannhet played Hopscotch Fest (pics)"

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Nine Inch Nails, who will be in the NYC-area for a few shows with Godspeed You! Black Emperor soon, are streaming their new album, Hesitation Marks, on iTunes.

Chelsea Wolfe, whose tour with True Widow hits NYC in September, is streaming her new album, Pain Is Beauty, at Pitchfork.

Okkervil River, who play Terminal 5 soon, are streaming their new album, The Silver Gymnasium, at NPR.

Neko Case, who plays Radio City in September, is streaming her new album, The Worse Things Get..., at NPR.

New England black metal band Vattnet Viskar are streaming their debut album, Sky Swallower, at Pitchfork.

Drumgasm, the percussive alternative supergroup of Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Wild Flag, Quasi), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden), and Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), are streaming their self titled album at SPIN.

Foxygen's Jonathan Rado is streaming his solo album, Law and Order, at Pitchfork.

Texas garage punks Bad Sports (members of OBN IIIs) are streaming their new album, Bras, at SPIN.

We also recently posted album streams from The Julie Ruin, Maps For Travelers, Dog Party, and more.

Vattnet Viskar at Show No Mercy 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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New England's Vattnet Viskar will hit the road for a weekend of dates next month, tagging shows on the East Coast including Acheron on July 19 with I Am Heresy and Astronoid. Tickets are on sale.

The raison d'etre? Road-testing material from their forthcoming Century Media debut, Sky Swallower, which will see release on September 3. Look for a trial run of said material at the dates listed below.

Continue reading "Vattnet Viskar ready new LP, playing shows in July (dates)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Bloodiest at Saint Vitus 8/17/2012
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Bloodiest celebrated the vinyl release of their recent LP, Descent, with a show at Saint Vitus on Friday (8/17), joined by Chrome Waves (current/ex-members of Nachtmystium, The Atlas Moth, The Gates of Slumber, Wolvhammer and more) and upstarts Vattnet Viskar. For the curious, Jef Whitehead (aka Wrest aka Leviathan) was not in attendance on bass for Chrome Waves, bowing out quietly before tour and was consequently replaced by the bassist from Gates of Slumber.

Pictures and video from the show are below, alongside a stream of Descent.

Continue reading "Bloodiest, Chrome Waves & Vattnet VIskar hit Saint Vitus (pics)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Vattnet Viskar at Lit Lounge (more by BBG)
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New Hampshire black metal quartet Vattnet Viskar will play a pair of East Coast dates with VYGR in the coming days, including a stop in Philadelphia at JR's Bar on 7/13 and Brooklyn's The Charleston on 7/14 . $5 gets you into The Charleston.

VV must like it here! They played Lit Lounge in May and Saint Vitus in June. Look for them to play another NYC date in August.... kidding. Sort of. We'll see.

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