Entries tagged with: Vaura
You may remember that last year Karyn Crisis (singer of the now-defunct NYC metal oddballs Crisis) launched a Kickstarter to fund an album with her new band Gospel of the Witches which also includes her husband Davide Tiso (of Ephel Duath), Immolation frontman Ross Dolan, Tombs frontman Mike Hill, and Vaura drummer Charlie Schmid. The album, titled Salem's Wounds, will be out March 10 via Century Media, and the first single "Mother" is out now. It's a six-minute epic that's as weird as you'd expect the singer of Crisis to sound, as you can hear below. Tracklist below too, and that's the artwork above.
Gospel of the Witches are on board for Legacy of the Witch: A Slutist Feminist Festival with Azar Swan (who also include a member of Vaura) and more. Slutist writes:
Whether explicitly identifying as witches or weaving neo-pagan aesthetics into their work, all the women involved in the fest embrace the witch archetype in unique ways. It was a thread we couldn't deny, and so we decided to go with it. Historically, women were branded as witches to police their sexuality and diminish their power in the same way that men (and women) today use the s-word to single out and punish women who challenge the patriarchal status quo. We hope to bring these parallel discourses to light over the course of the night.Also on the lineup is Delphic Oracle, Chicava HoneyChild, The Reverend Mother Flash, Severely Mame, Minx Arcana and Pam Grossman. The fest happens March 29 at Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale.
Azar Swan's second album recently came out, and you can listen to that HERE.
Stream the new Karyn Crisis song below...
by Doug Moore
Full of Hell at Saint Vitus, 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Welcome to this week's HLD! There's a shitload of cool live stuff going on this weekend, so let's get that all out of the way first:
Tonight (2/28): Three good options to choose from! Local(ish) prog-sludgsters East of the Wall are kicking off their SXSW-bound tour with Diamond Plate at The Omega Order Warehouse, with support from fresh Prosthetic Records signees So Hideous (whom we've been fans of for a bit), Meek Is Murder, Hammer Fight, & Dead Empires. The show is sponsored by Gun Hill Brewery, is BYOB, and carries a $5 suggested donation. Meanwhile, Full of Hell & Mutilation Rites are bringing their own tour to a close with a show at the Acheron with Blackest (tix). Additionally, the Psalm Zero-curated Chaos Bodies series is continuing at Trans Pecos with appearances by Oneirogen, Feast of the Epiphany, and my buds Epistasis, whom we debuted a new song by yesterday. Stream it below if you missed it.
Tomorrow (3/1): Brooklyn Night Bazaar is getting unusually heavy with Caspian, Junius, A Storm of Light, & Advaeta (RSVP for line skippage). Boston crust/doom wrecking ball Morne is hitting Saint Vitus alongside Force & Fire (AKA the clearest successor to defunct local greats Unearthly Trance) & Iron Force (tix). Tech-death stalwarts Malignancy are returning to Blackthorn 51 in Queens with Orbital Frame & Immortal Suffering in tow.
Sunday (3/2): No Shields are playing the Acheron with Richmond's Ravn and Pittsburgh's Dendritic Arbor, along with locals Throaat (tix). Don't forget to keep an eye on our metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.
Some other miscellaneous news items:
Maryland deathgrind institution Misery Index have announced that their upcoming fifth album will be entitled The Killing Gods. It will see a May 23 release via Season of Mist.
Chicago sludge/black metal act Lord Mantis have debuted the first song from their upcoming Profound Lore debut, Death Mask, which drops on April 29. Stream it below, but watch out for the NSFW art.
As we discovered on our East Village Radio show this week, members of Tombs, Batillus, Hull, and Vaura have teamed up to work on an album that will almost certainly draw many uses of the dreaded "SG" word. This week's show was sponsored by the Halo of Blood tour, featuring Children of Bodom, Tyr, & Death Angel. Tune in every Tuesday at 10pm for interviews, ticket giveaways, and great metal jams both new and old.
Over on Invisible Oranges, we checked out new music by Epistasis & Noneuclid, and we gave ongoing faves Gridlink the review treatment. We also announced our official SXSW showcase and took our best guess at the 100 most overused metal band name words. And, as ever, we ran down all of the new riffs fit to buy.
Streams below. Anything else?
by Andrew Sacher
Nothing at Baby's All Right on NYE (more by Amanda Hatfield)
One of the bands that most won me over at this past CMJ was Philly shoegazers Nothing, who were heavy, atmospheric and deftly melodic in so many of the ways that make for a great rock band. So it's exciting to hear that they've finally officially announced their debut LP, Guilty of Everything, which will be out on March 4 via Relapse. It features their previously released single, "Dig," plus eight other tracks. Check out the new album trailer, artwork, tracklist, and a stream of "Dig," below.
As discussed, Nothing are about to kick off a tour with Weekend, which begins in NYC at Bowery Ballroom this Friday (1/10). Since we last spoke, NYC's experimental metal collective Vaura (mems. Kayo Dot, Dysrhythmia, Azar Swan, etc) has been added to that show as an opener. Tickets are still available.
Updated dates, including SXSW, are listed, along with the trailer, stream, artwork and tracklist, below...
by Doug Moore
Kevin Hufnagel with Gorguts @ Irving Plaza, June '12 (more by Justina Villanueva)
It's pretty unusual that a metal guitarist deigns to pick up a ukulele, but Kevin Hufnagel of Dysrhythmia, Vaura, and Gorguts does so on a pretty regular basis. Hufnagel has been playing live solo gigs on baritone uke for a couple of years now; not to be outdone by his similarly prolific Dysrhythmia/Gorguts bandmate Colin Marston, he's compiled a bunch of his uke material into an album called Ashland. And unlike some ukulele-based albums, it's actually pretty awesome.
We're streaming all of Ashland over at Invisible Oranges this morning, along with an interview with the man himself. From the interview:
You've been playing solo gigs with the uke for a couple of years now, and versions of these compositions have been popping up on your Youtube account for about as long. When did you start writing these and how long did the compositional process take you?Ashland is out digitally today (10/8) via Nightfloat Recordings; a vinyl version will drop some time in early 2014 via The Crossing. Check out Hufnagel's Bandcamp for access to both.
I began writing material in April 2011. The album features 13 tracks, but at this point I have 25 songs! So it was hard to choose what to use for the record. The compositional process happened very quickly, honestly. Most of the songs are in the 2 to 3 minute range. They are more like miniatures. A melody would appear and I would usually only write about 2 or 3 additional sections to the song. From there I'd add little twists to the melodies when they would repeat, and subtle embellishments. There is something about working with limitations that can inspire and make for more productivity sometimes. That's the way I felt when writing for this instrument. Having small frets and only 4 strings really forced me to try and draw the most out of very little, while keeping it engaging. Sometimes I would further limit my options by placing a capo at the 4th, or 7th fret, in turn having even fewer frets to work with. I really enjoyed the challenge.
On several of Ashland's tracks, you place a wooden file under the ukulele's strings to change its tone and create a percussive sound. How'd you come up with that idea?
That's nothing I thought of myself. Plenty of other players have used that technique throughout time -- people like Fred Frith, and bands like Sonic Youth. I also use a hair elastic and sewing needle in the strings for certain tracks on the album. The idea of "preparing" instruments like that was most noticeably born from John Cage and his use of prepared piano, beginning in the 1930s. Yet, I still feel this is a technique not enough guitarists have explored, with its many textural possibilities. I also can't play drums. By using this technique on guitar or the uke, it allows me to play rhythmic patterns, via picking strings, that sound like percussion. Often the parts still retain overtones of strange pitches and melody. I plan to make my next solo album completely based on this approach.
Hufnagel also has live dates upcoming with both Vaura and Dysrhythmia, plus some solo gigs. As previously mentioned, Dysrhythmia hits Saint Vitus on 11/17 with Zevious and Geryon; tickets are available. Likewise, Vaura's aforementioned record release show is at 285 Kent on 11/23 with Kayo Dot and Psalm Zero; keep an eye on their Ticketfly page for tix. The first of the two solo dates is Wednesday (10/9) at the Spectrum.
Stream Ashland and check out all of Hufnagel's upcoming live dates below.
by Wyatt Marshall
NYC's Vaura just announced a record release show for their forthcoming sophomore album The Missing (due out 10/29 via Profound Lore) that will go down on Friday, November 22 at 285 Kent with Brooklyn experimental prog/metal band Kayo Dot and industrial metal duo Psalm Zero. No advance tickets at the moment but check Ticketfly for updates. Vaura recently put out their first single off of The Missing, "Incomplete Burning." It's huge, full of poppy darkwave hooks, and hypnotic--listen to that below.
Vaura bassist Toby Driver is also the founding member of Kayo Dot, who is headlining the 285 Kent show and recently played Bowery Electric with Ahleuchatistas on September 14. We missed that show, but did you go? How was it? Kayo Dot were also supposed to open the 9/6 show at Bell House with Sal Mineo, but that didn't happen. All of their tour dates are listed below.
Psalm Zero, which features members of Castevet and formerly of Extra Life (who played their final show at 285 Kent earlier this year), is releasing its debut 7-inch single "Force My Hand" on November 19, so the Vaura and Kayo Dot gig is a record release show for them, too. You can also catch Psalm Zero at the Acheron on October 30 with
Lussuria and Vain Warr. Catch Lussuria if you can--the one-man gorgeous power electronics/ambient show is something to behold.
UPDATE: Lussuria is not on that Acheron show, but Curran Reynolds' Body Stuff, which blends drone, metal and post-rock in massively weird and awesome ways, is.
Update 2: Vaura just released another song from their album, "Pleasure Blind." Stream that (via Noisey), along with another album track and the list of Kayo Dot dates, below...
Krallice at Saint Vitus in April (more by Fred Pessaro)
Krallice will play an all-ages event at Public Assembly on July 14, joined by support from Vaura, Psalm Zero (mems Extra Life & Castevet) and MV Carbon. The show is the only Krallice show on deck, and the last show in the back room at Public Assembly until the fall due to upcoming renovatiosn. Tickets are on sale.
In related news, Vaura will enter Colin Marston's studio to record the follow-up to their Selenelion LP. Look for that to surface this fall on Profound Lore.
Vaura frontman Josh Strawn has been busy with personal endeavors, Azar Swan and now another new project Vain Warr. The band, the name of which is derived from Milton's Paradise Lost, are preparing to release a pair of songs via Sacrement. Look for the Sanford Parker-mixed Deadline Season to see the light of day this summer.
Azar Swan isn't slouching either, readying a new single for Pendu's Single Series, and scheduling a local show as well, this time with LA goth-electronic band Bestial Mouths. Look for the pair to team up for a show at Glasslands on July 15. Tickets are on sale, and you can stream some Bestial Mouths material below.
Stream fromAzar Swan, Bestial Mouths and Vaura are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
One Tail One Head at Inferno Festival, April 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
2012 was a year of considerable personal growth for me, as a person, a photographer and a music fan. As I recounted in my favorite photos of 2012, I got to shoot some of my favorite bands of all time and travel the globe in search of new ones. The beginning of the year was spent dealing with personal drama, and if it werent for key records in my life I shudder to think at where I would be right now. To every band on this list and many who aren't, I cant thank you enough.
First order of business, my musical pallette is much much larger than just a series of metal records. This is NOT a list of my favorite records of the year, because that would surely include other entries from across many different genres. This is, however, a list of some of my favorite heavier records.
To me, the term "heavy" can be defined in many ways, from the elongated riff on a doom record to a noise squall to a particularly punishing punk-rock beatdown. While most of the following records are "heavy" in the traditional "distortion and loud guitars" sense, a few are not. You'll see metal, you'll see deathrock, you'll see raw punk, you'll see hardcore, and many spots in between in the numbered list below. And to answer your question, yes you'll see Swans... right beside D-Clone and Asphyx.
My favorite records of 2012 are below. Hopefully you'll see a connection in favorites or maybe discover something new. Regardless, I hope you found your own favorites of the year whether in this list or outside of it.
The unwavering NYC video god (((unartig))) has swooped in with his best of for 2012, listing off important topics like "Best Album", "Best Show", "Goosebumpiest moment" and the all important "The show at which I wished I could secretly inflict everlasting and agonizing pain upon everyone." His picks for those are listed, along with accompanying video, below. (see his 2011 list HERE and 2010 HERE)
photos by Greg Cristman
Toby Driver of Vaura/Kayo Dot
WIERD will host a special Vaura appearance at their weekly party at Home Sweet Home tonight (7/25) (131 Chrystie St in Manhattan). The band will strip down to play a rare "acoustic variations" set at the venue, which will see the band unplug for the second time in their history (the first being at The Stone earlier this year). Flyer for the show is below.
Kevin Hufnagel of Vaura/Gorguts played a solo set Saint Vitus on 7/21. If you missed them, the pictures are here.
Also-Vaura member Toby Driver played Bowery Electric on July 19th with his Kayo Dot project, with support from Triple Cobra and The Big Con. Pictures from that show, the Kayo Dot setlist, and a flyer for tonight, below...
Liturgy at Webster Hall in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
If you've noticed a handful of interesting shows at The Stone happening next week, like the acoustic Vaura show (4/20) or the Amen Dunes and Guardian Alien show (4/17), they're part of Chippy Fest, which goes down at John Zorn's non-profit venue from April 17-22, and was curated by John Zorn's exclusive designer Heung-Heung Chin (aka Chippy)
On April 21, the night after Vaura plays, Toby Driver (who is a member of Vaura and also fronts Kayo Dot/maudlin of the Well) will present the world premiere of his new trio, Ichneumonidae, which includes violinist Timba Harris (of Secret Cheifs 3) and Michelle Morinaga. That same night, Toby also plays as a member of Stern with Chuck Stern, Keith Abrams, and Tim Byrnes.
As mentioned, Kayo Dot, Vaura, and Dysrhythmia share a bill at DBA on 4/28.
Other 'Chippy Fest' shows include Mick Barr (of Krallice), Hunter Hunt-Hendrix (of Liturgy), and Nymph on Wednesday (4/18) and Miho Hatori (with Ahmed Gallab of Yeasayer), Timo Ellis, and Unstoppable Death Machines on Thursday (4/19). The Stone's full calendar is here.
Speaking of Mick Barr, his music and William Brittelle's music will be performed by ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble on May 11 at 12 at The Kitchen. ACME players for this concert are Caleb Burhans (violin, banjo, and voice), Clarice Jensen (cello), Eric Lamb (flute), Megan Levin (harp), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola) and Chris Thompson (percussion). Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, he kicks off a residency at Issue Project Room on Saturday (4/14) with Liturgy bandmate Bernhard Gann. The show is free but "sold out". Other dates in the "3-month residency" have not been announced yet but presumably will be soon.
Meanwhile, Hunter's ex-bandmate Greg Fox's Guardian Alien project (who also plays The Stone next week) plays Death by Audio TONIGHT (4/13) with Black Pus (of Lightning Bolt), Mounds, Buck Gooter, and Alien Whale. Guardian Alein will return to DBA on 5/11 with DJ Dog Dick and 2 Ton Bug.
Kevin Hufnagel on stage with Vaura (more by Greg Cristman)
Vaura are back from a successful round of dates with Alcest that kicked off with a sold-out show at Public Assembly (pics). The band's well-received Selenelion is out and making noise, spawning a pair of video treatments including "Drachma" and "Obsidian Damascene Sun", the latter of which comes courtesy of Terrence Hannum (Locrian) and makes its world premiere here today. Check that out below.
If you haven't seen Vaura, you have two vastly different chances to do so in the coming weeks. Next week Vaura will play a special acoustic set at The Stone (on 4/20 with a Kevin Hufnagel acoustic set right before it!) followed by a show the nest week at Death By Audio on 4/28 where the band will enlist their other projects Dysrhythmia and Kayo Dot for the show (yes, their family).
Check out both Vaura videos, including the Terrence Hannum (Locrian) produced "Obsidian Damascene Sun" below...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Alcest, Deafheaven, and Vaura teamed up at a sold-out Public Assembly on March 31st, the last of Alcest's dates with Deafheaven that kicked off directly after SXSW. The bill was the perfect mix of bands that draw from metal, but don't feel the need to be confined by its trappings: Alcest is a shoegaze band with black metal pedigree, Deafheaven is a shoegaze-y band with black metal, post-rock and screamo influences, and Vaura mixes clean vocals with everything from shoegaze to prog to black metal on their recent Selenelion. I enjoyed all of the bands that night, and apparently so did some others:
This show easily enters my God Tier of shows, no contest. All three bands performed wildly beyond my expectations to create one of my favorite live music experiences in recent memory. The only shortcomings were that the sound could have been a bit better, especially during Vaura's set, and the loathsome hipster population both reached and exceeded critical levels* - but that's only to be expected from a show in Williamsburg, the trendiest of Brooklyn neighborhoods. But overall, these negatives paled and withered away beneath the commanding performances of the three acts. If any one of these bands comes to your locale, do not miss out. I can't stress that enough. -[Metalblast]I was a spectator at the show but also played DJ for the evening, mixing in favorites that ranged from Bolt Thrower to Gauze, and from Totalitar to One Tail, One Head. You can check out my setlist at my twitter if you are so inclined. If you made it to the show, checked out the bands that night, and managed to stomach my DJ set, I can't thank you enough.
More pictures/video from Public Assembly below.
Gorguts at Knitting Factory (more by Greg Cristman)
The Death to All tour got a little more interesting today with the addition of the amazing Gorguts to the lineup. The reactivated death metal crew, which now contains John Longstreth (Dim Mak, Origin, The Red Chord), Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Vaura), and Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Behold.. The Arctopus) in addition to mastermind Luc LeMay, will participate in all dates on the tour including the previously discussed date at Irving Plaza on June 28th. "VIP Tickets" are currently on sale, with general admission hitting on March 30th.
Reminder: I will I DJ the evening on March 31 at Public Assembly when join Vaura (with Kevin Hufnagel) is joined by Alcest and Deafheaven (both of which played our day parties during SXSW). Tickets are still available, but dangerously close to sell-out.
All Gorguts dates and some video below.
Vaura, the Brooklyn crew comprised of members of Religious to Damn, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Kayo Dot and Maudlin of the Well, have released their debut LP Selenelion this week via Weird Records. The LP encompasses elements of post-punk, goth, shoegaze, metal, and so much more seamlessly and effortlessly.
Head below for a full album stream, a set of tour dates, and an interview with Josh and Kevin from the band...
Vaura at Death By Audio (more by BBG)
As discussed, Vaura have been added to the Deafheaven/Alcest show on 3/31 at Public Assembly (tickets), but the band also has a few other notable shows to speak of including the most imminent, 2/18 at Knitting Factory supporting Junius and O'Brother. Tickets are on sale.
The show is part of Junius/O'Brother's string of dates together, and in support of the latter's Garden Window, which dropped on 1/10 via Triple Crown Records/Favorite Gentlemen. Stream an O'Brother track, "Malum" which hit Decibel earlier this year.
Vaura will ALSO play smaller shows including 3/14 at Home Sweet Home (their official Record Release party) and 4/20 at The Stone (a special acoustic show). All dates and some streams from the band's forthcoming Selenelion (including "Vanth" which was recently posted to Pitchfork) are below....
Deafheaven at Bowery Ballroom (more by BBG)
Deafheaven has been added to a string of Alcest dates including the recently announced Public Assembly show on 3/31. I will be on board to DJ the evening, which will also feature an appearance from the just-added Vaura! Tickets are still on sale. Alcest recently released their new LP Les Voyages De L'Âme, stream it in full.
Vaura are prepping to release their debut LP Selenelion for WIERD Records. The LP, which features members of Dysrhythmia, Gorcuts, Religious to Damn and Kayo Dot, goes up for pre-order on 2/14. Stream the previously posted "Obsidian Damascene Sun" below, alongside all tour dates.
In related news, Deafheaven's sometime-drummer serves as a member of Lycus, who is welcoming their demo in physical format via The Flenser. Order your copy via the label, and download a FREE copy or stream that demo in full below...
Religious to Damn at Glasslands (more by Nikki Sneakers)
BrooklynVegan is proud to announce that Religious to Damn will headline a BV/UN:ART:IG show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Saturday (1/14) with support from ITHI (mem Serville Sect) and Sondra Sun-Odeon! $8 gets you into this 9PM show. Advanced tickets are on sale, and you can RSVP at Facebook if you want.
The show is one of a few select dates for the band, who will also hit San Francisco and LA in this round of dates (which are listed below). Facebook invite for the SF date, which also features Wax Idols & Alexis, is here, while the Facebook invite for the LA date curated by Tamaryn is available here. Stream a mix created by Tamaryn in honor of the show below.
The shows will be a celebration of the band's latest single, "Lovely Day", which makes its debut in this post. Stream the song, recorded/mixed by Colin Marston with synth production and drum programming from Shawn O'Sullivan (Led Er Est), below.
All song streams, tour dates and a video are below.
photos by Mariah Karson, words by BBG
Anatomy of Habit
Chicago's Anatomy of Habit are celebrating a new record and played a rare show at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on 11/5 with Vaura (mems Religious to Damn, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Kayo Dot), and Rosenkopf. As discussed, the BrooklynVegan/Wierd event was the only recent AoH show scheduled outside of their homebase of Chicago and a rare performance from Vaura (who are all busy with their own other projects). Pictures from the NYC show are in this post.
Toby Driver (of Vaura) has a pair of shows scheduled this week on his own, including Thursday (11/10) at Rock Shop as part of the Toby Driver/Jeremiah Cymerman/Mario Diaz de Leon trio supporting Les Rhinocéros and Kef (tickets) and Saturday night (11/12) at Lulu's as a member of Hazel-Rah (the solo effort of Tim Byrnes of Kayo Dot) with Lost Coves, The DRX, and Bangladeafy.
More pictures from Saint Vitus on Saturday are below...
photos by Carmelo Espanola, words by BBG
Anatomy of Habit in Chicago
A reminder: Anatomy of Habit play an uber-rare NYC show on 11/5 at Saint Vitus, snagging the great Vaura (mem Kayo Dot, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Religious To Damn) and Rosenkopf for the BrooklynVegan/Wierd records production. The show is AoH's only current tour date, and tickets are still available, or you can try your hand at winning a pair! Details on how to enter are below.
Anatomy of Habit played a show in their homebase of Chicago on 10/27 at El Mamey with an assist from Young Bear, Oyarsa, and Aseethe. Pictures from that show are below, alongside a full album stream.
words by BBG
Kevin Hufnagel at Union Pool (more by Samantha Marble)
Saint Vitus and Singe Valah Productions will host "Of Stardust", a two-part event on 11/3 that will double as both an exhibition for "Where Purgatory Ends" by Costin Chioreanu, and a show directly after. The event kicks off at 6PM with some complimentary wine and the exhibition, a US exclusive of Chioreanu's works accompanied by the recorded soundtrack of the artist and Rune Eriksen (ex-Mayhem). Listen to some of that audio below. For some examples of the art of Costin Chioreanu head here.
The exhibit will remain up as the event transitions to a live show at 8PM with performances by Musk Ox, Daniel Menche, Ocrilim (Mick Barr), and Kevin Hufnagel, all delivering sets until the evening closes. The Musk Ox and Daniel Menche performances are both one-off appearances. Advance tickets are on sale for the show (for $13), or you can get yours at the door ($15).
Alternately, and on a much bigger note, Rune Eriksen's old alma mater, Mayhem, will be in NYC that same night for a show at Gramercy Theater that's being billed as the "pre-game" for Metal SuckFest which is at the same venue the next two nights (11/4 & 11/5). More Mayhem dates HERE.
In also related news, Kevin Hufnagel will be at Saint Vitus on 11/5 as well, this time performing as part of Vaura for their appearance with Rosenkopf and Anatomy of Habit, the latter's exclusive area appearance. Tickets are still available for Anatomy of Habit, a BrooklynVegan/Wierd production.
Check out some "Where Purgatory Ends" video and the soundtrack to said exhibition, along with a teaser for Metal Suckfest below.
Anatomy of Habit
Anatomy of Habit are welcoming their new doom crusher of an LP, which is up for sale now on vinyl and streaming in its entirety below. Mastered by Bob Weston (of Shellac, who play NYC tonight and tomorrow) and recorded by Andrew Ragin (of The Atlas Moth, who played NYC on Saturday), the LP is recommended for fans of emotionally charged doom metal like Corrupted, Neurosis, Monarch, and anything that pensively slashes-and-burns.
After a series of great live shows, Vaura are preparing to release their debut LP Selenelion on Wierd Records. The new long-player will see a release on vinyl/digital via the label early next year, but you can check out the first track "Obsidian Damascene Sun" below.
Rosenkopf released their Dispiritualized cassette in July of this year. Check out "Burning Spirits" from that release below, alongside the show flyer.
Terrence Hannum's "Hateshrine", and cover art for Sun Splitter II
Land of Decay have dropped the second release from Sun Splitter, a four-track release of killer ambient doom with touches of industrial music. Originally released on CD-R, the cassette features art from Locrian's Terence Hannum (who's art show opens today in Chicago) and is limited to 100 copies, so snag one of these ASAP via the label. Check out two tracks from the release: "Northern Blood Tithe" which is downloadable above and appears for the first time here, and "Earth Burner" which is streamable along with "Northern Blood Tithe" below.
While we're on the subject of Locrian, you can catch the band when they play Europa on April 17th with Martial Canterel, Gnaw, and Blacklist (whose singer Josh Strawn now also spends time in both Vaura and Religious to Damn). Tickets are on sale for the Stereogum's Haunting the Chapel & Wierd Records dark synth and metal event. Locrian released one of my favorite LPs of last year with The Crystal World.
Meanwhile just across town, another band of Chi-city ruffians are preparing a release of their own. Chicago's The Swan King have signed to Seventh Rule and will release their newest LP Eyes Like Knives on February 22nd. Featuring current and former members of Planes Mistaken for Stars, Asschapel, and Circle of Animals (that also features Bruce Lamont, who is on tour with his Led Zeppelin cover band), the band's newest LP was recorded by Sanford Parker and features the trio fusing riffy and mathy hardcore with High On Fire-style tones. Check out "Staring Through Skulls" available for download above and streaming below, and while you're at it, make sure and get the band's The Good Deeds EP which is currently available for free. It kills.
No more tour dates for either band, but all song streams and more details on The Swan King's Eyes Like Knives are below.
Dysrhythmia at The Charleston in 2009 (more by Samantha Marble)
One of the world's most easily misspelled bands, Dysrhythmia, will play Union Pool on 3/11 as part of a show with Zevious (featuring Jeff Eber of Dysrhythmia), Smother Party, and A Fucking Elephant. The party jumps off at 9PM and will set you back $8. Kevin Hufnagel recently posted an update on the band that drops tons of incredible news about his and the rest of Dysrhythmia's projects:
Dysrhythmia is about half way through writing the next record. We'll start demoing stuff in the Spring and perhaps share a track or two online... Otherwise, a new record won't be likely until 2012. The wait will be worth it, promise... One of the reasons for that is simply due to the number of other musical ventures we have happening.In addition, Hufnagel's Vaura project has been playing some shows as of late, and Kevin will appear with the half of Vaura (Josh Strawn and Charlie Schmid) that isn't in either Dysrhythmia (Hufnagel) or Kayo Dot (Toby Driver) at the FREE record release party for their other project, Religious To Damn (a band that Zohra Atash is also a member of). As previously discussed, the show will go down at Glasslands on Jan 13th and will also feature an appearance from the great Tamaryn (who will NOT be playing a set of her own).
Gorguts will be recording the new album in February, with a scheduled Summer release. Touring will follow.
Krallice will have a new record out in April.
Zevious will be doing their first full US tour in March/April.
I'll have a new solo record called Transparencies out in March/April.
They'll be a record coming Summer/Fall tentatively titled 'Night Sessions' which is a collaboration between myself and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Costanza Francavilla...
I recently guested on a 20 minute track for long running Philadelphia-based experimental progressive metal/hardcore band Starkweather. This should be out sometime next year as part of a split release. It was an honor for me to play on this track. They've been one of my favorite bands for years.
Monarch! played another NYC show Wednesday night (11/17) at Death By Audio with an assist from Brian Chase & Seth Misterka, and Vaura. The Monarch! set was easily their best of their three NYC outings (pictures from Cake Shop & Union Pool); rife with tension, peppered with razor-like noise/feedback, on-a-dime start-stops after engulfing ten-ton riffs, and featuring appearances from Jerry & Yoshi of Bloody Panda on vocals, Monarch! was in top form. One of my favorite performances of the year.
Vaura and Brian Chase & Seth Misterka were no slouches either. Featuring Toby Driver on bass and Kevin Hufnagel on guitar, Vaura blends gothy-pop with elements of shoegaze and black metal, resembling Alcest at times, but with other tricks up their sleeve and more punishing passages to punctuate wilder mood-swings. It was only their third live show, but Vaura seems much wiser than their years (the sum of good DNA I take it).
Brian Chase & Seth Misterka performed a set of free jazz, complete with Coltrane style swings up and down the scale on saxophone and drum hits on everything within reach, including his snare (which he was stepping on at the time). Refreshing, fun, complex, and great.
In all, a particularly impressive night of that I have tried to do justice to in pictures, as (((unartig))) has tried to do in video, Both are below...
words and photos by BBG, additional photos by Greg Cristman
Monarch at Union Pool
They just can't get enough! French doom greats Monarch have added a third and final NYC show. It happens WEDNESDAY (11/17) at Death By Audio in Brooklyn. The BrooklynVegan-presented show will also feature performances from Vaura (a new project featuring Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts/Dysrhythmia & Toby Driver of Kayo Dot/Maudlin Of The Well) and Brian Chase & Seth Misterka (Brian of Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing free-jazz with saxophonist Seth Misterka). The show kicks off at 8PM and costs $8!
We already posted pictures from the Monarch/Bloody Panda show at Cake Shop (which happened 11/12 with nutjobs Tinsel Teeth), but until now, haven't posted the shots from the show that happened at Union Pool the following night (11/13). Evoken opened that party with roar (and to similar audience applause), with Bloody Panda following and Monarch batting clean-up. Again, another great showing from both Bloody Panda and Monarch, who sounded incredible on the PA at Union Pool.
More pictures and video of all bands from Union Pool, including video of Monarch's full set, below...