Entries tagged with: Vattnet Viskar
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: Vattnet Viskar at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
It's the holiday season, and what better way to give back than talking about a shit ton of metal. Our metal sister site Invisible Oranges is deep into top 10 season, with a number of individual writer lists posted (including one by yours truly) and still more to come. And for those of you in NYC, there's always a ton of metal tours passing through and other heavy shows happening here. We don't get to post about every single one, so here's a roundup of some cool stuff on the horizon that we've missed:
Abigail Williams, who released the great black metal album The Accuser this year, are touring with a band that they probably would've fit better with in their earlier days, classically-tinged tech-death band Fleshgod Apocalypse. The tour hits NYC at Gramercy Theatre on February 12, and also includes Carach Angren. Tickets are on sale, and all dates are listed below.
Fellow practitioners of technical death metal Rivers of Nihil are heading out on a tour of their own, with support from Black Fast and Dark Sermon. That tour will hit NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on February 19, and tickets are on sale now. Dates below.
Norwegian black metal band Taake is going on a loaded tour with crusty hardcore band Young and In the Way and USBMers Vattnet Viskar. That tour will stop in NYC for a show at Saint Vitus on March 5 with local support from Trenchgrinder. Tickets are on sale now. Dates below.
We already mentioned the Coffins show on February 15 at Saint Vitus, but since our last mention the great death/thrash band Noisem have been added as openers for that show, as were Ilsa. Tickets are still available. Noisem were also just announced for Decibel's Philly fest with Dying Fetus, Horrendous, and more.
Local rippers Meek is Murder have a show coming up at Saint Vitus February 4 with Moon Tooth, The Netherlands and Godmaker (tickets). And it's not exactly metal, but local noise/jazz/generally loud weirdos Zevious also play Saint Vitus on January 10 with Red Reiter and Needle Driver (tickets).
The Acheron is hosting a couple cool hardcore shows, including a show TONIGHT (12/18) with locals La Misma, No Time, S.L.I.P., The Brass and No Parole (tickets). Then Detroit hardcore band Freedom will stop by for a show on January 6 with Forced Order, NYC Headhunters, Manipulate and Impact (tickets).
Now on to the reminders. Baroness just started streaming their excellent new Purple LP, and they've got two NYC shows coming up on Sunday (12/20). They're playing an afternoon show at Rough Trade which you have to buy Purple at the Williamsburg Rough Trade store to get in to, and that evening they have a sold-out show at Saint Vitus with Earthling.
These are far from the only cool shows coming up at Saint Vitus. The Brooklyn venue also hosts two sold-out shows on January 8-9 by Russian Circles, Wildhoney, and Cloakroom. The "Aural Hellfire" tour of 1349, Tombs and Full of Hell stops by on January 11 (tickets). And then Bell Witch and Wrekmeister Harmonies will bring their slow, sad, scary live experience to Saint Vitus on February 23 (tickets).
Clutch are about to embark on their quick holiday tour with Valkyrie and Crobot that includes a NYC stop at Terminal 5 on December 29 (tickets). Tech-death crew Nile are coming through for a show at Gramercy Theatre on January 14 with Day of Doom (tickets).
Like your metal more from classics from the early '90s (or a little earlier)? Don't forget about that amazing Melvins, Napalm Death and Melt Banana tour; or the Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch and Tribulation tour; or the Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Cryptopsy and Abysmal Dawn tour.
Prefer your metal even more classic? You're covered. Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Black Sabbath (not to mention Mac Sabbath), Slayer (with Testament and Carcass), AC/DC, Venom, Inc., and Anthrax* all have NYC dates coming up. What a time.
* - That Anthrax tour is with Lamb of God headlining, and most excitingly with Deafheaven and Power Trip opening. You can still get tickets for NYC.
Finally, and totally arbitrarily in its finality, there's that cool Voivod/Vektor/Eight Bells tour coming to Gramercy Theatre on February 7 (tickets), and on the lighter side there's the Sun Kil Moon & Jesu show at MHOW on February 26 (tickets).
Don't forget to check out those top 10 lists on IO. What else?
by Andrew Sacher
Screamo/post-hardcore band The Saddest Landscape have been at it for over a decade and on October 23 they'll return with their newest album, Darkness Forgives, via Topshelf. You already heard the lead single "Souls Worth Saving," which comes out as a 7" single this week (9/25). Backing that song is the non-album track "A Season of Goodbyes," a song as devastating and emotionally exposed as TSL's ever been. It premieres below.
As previously discussed, they're touring with atmospheric metal band Vattnet Viskar and hitting NYC for a release show on November 15 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair. Enter for a chance to win, below.
by Andrew Sacher
The Saddest Landscape will follow 2012's After The Lights with a new album, Darkness Forgives, on October 23 via Topshelf (pre-orders coming soon). The first single is "Souls Worth Saving" which also drops as a 7" single with a non-album b-side on 9/25, and it's streaming now. It's another dose of the band's raw, emotive post-hardcore / screamo, the kind of song that should please longtime fans and newcomers alike. Check it out below (via AV Club).
The band will also tour after the album comes out, including a short Northeast run with Vattnet Viskar, whose boundary-pushing black metal opus Settler dropped earlier this year. That run hits NYC on November 15 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Tickets are on sale now.
All dates are listed, with the new song, below...
This past Friday, retro riffers The Sword released their new album High Country on Razor & Tie. You can pick it up on iTunes, and we're also giving away an album bundle that features one copy on Double Black Vinyl, on CD copy, and one High Country Album Art T-Shirt. Head below to enter the contest.
Meanwhile, there's some cool metal coming up in NYC sooner than that. This week, the Atlas Moth / Vattnet Viskar tour lands at Saint Vitus on Tuesday (8/25). Tickets are still available. The next day, AC/DC's tour hits NYC-area venue MetLife Stadium (8/26). You can still get tickets for that one too.
Earth's tour with Holy Sons hits NYC on Wednesday (8/26) at LPR with Marc Ribot & Ikue Mori (buy tickets or win them) and Thursday (8/27) at Saint Vitus (sold out). The next night, Vitus hosts So Hideous and Set and Setting (tickets).
Some exciting metal news was announced today too. Candiria are playing their first non-festival NYC show since reuniting. Cavity are playing their first East Coast show in over a decade. And the legendary Pentagram added a second NYC date to their tour.
Enter The Sword contest below...
photo: The Atlas Moth at Irving Plaza in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Chicago psychedelic sludge band The Atlas Moth will continue supporting last year's The Old Believer on tour this summer. It's with excellent openers, Vattnet Viskar (who recently played NYC twice) and Atriarch.
The tour hits NYC on August 25 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Vattnet Viskar's brand new album, Settler, is out now on Century Media. Stream that, with The Old Believer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Bang at Gramercy Theatre in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
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).
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)
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.
photo: 1349 at Gramercy Theatre in February (more by Greg Cristman)
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...
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...
photo: Origin at Gramercy Theatre in February (more by Greg Cristman)
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)
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.
Still need more? Check out our NYC Metal Calendar.
Lists of tour dates below...
photo: Portal at Knitting Factory in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
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.
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...
by Ian Chainey
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...
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...
by Ian Chainey
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.
by Ian Chainey
Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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...
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...
by Ian Chainey
Vattnet Viskar at SXSW in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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...
by Andrew Sacher
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...
by Doug Moore, Wyatt Marshall, Zach Pollack and Andrew Sacher
Black Tusk at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
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).
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.
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 (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).
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.
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...
by Wyatt Marshall
Vattnet Viskar at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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...
By Doug Moore
TONITE! (...sort of, not really)
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.
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?
By Doug Moore
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata album cover
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?
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.
by Wyatt Marshall
Vattnet Viskar at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Christman)
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...
by Doug Moore
Nachtmystium at Saint Vitus, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
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.