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photos by Caroline Harrison; words by Doug Moore

Absu @ Saint Vitus - 11/18/13
Absu

Texas "mythological occult" (read: black metal) stalwarts Absu wrapped up their fall tour in NYC by hitting Saint Vitus Bar on Monday (11/18) for an Invisible Oranges-sponsored show with local powers Villains and Iron Force. Absu are one of the best live bands in the metal world, and this performance was true to type for them. We've got pictures and a writeup at IO now. Here's an excerpt:

Absu were in top form, with Proscriptor gleefully reminding us (as always) that his band is from Texas before proceeding to use his drum kit to destroy everything in sight. Despite only playing for about an hour, the trio managed to create the kind of atmosphere that turns tiny bars into massive arenas. The 50 fists pumping in unison to classic tracks like "Never Blow Out the Eastern Candle" and new favorites like "Earth Ripper" felt like 50,000, and the band fed off the crowd's energy, visibly thrilled that Saint Vitus had temporarily become their Barclays Center.
Check out a video of their entire set, plus more pictures, below...

Continue reading "Absu, Villians & Iron Force @ Saint Vitus (pics & video)"

by Doug Moore

Absu at Saint Vitus (more by Fred Pessaro)
Absu

The cold hit NYC in earnest over the past few days, but heavy music is a warm-blooded beast -- it stays active regardless of the weather. Here's what went down this week:

Nachtmystium main man Blake Judd fulfilled popular speculation by officially dissolving the band, concluding a sad and lengthy narrative that began with his arrest on theft charges in October.

An all-robot "heavy metal" band played a bunch of (mostly punk) tunes for 7 hours in Union Square.

Stockholm death metal trope-makers Entombed debuted their first new song in years.

Durable thrashers hopped on next year's Children of Boredom tour. Cough side project Sinister Haze announced a tour & NYC show with Valkyrie. Suffocation and Pyrexia also announced an NYC show.

Over at Invisible Oranges, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Death's Leprosy, and pondered the utter weirdness of getting into a great band's shitty records first. We also reviewed Brewtal Truth's guide to extreme beers and kicked off a Circle Takes the Square merch giveaway.

On top of that, we debuted new music by Malthusian, Aevangelist (who are playing an IO-presented show in January), Lake of Blood, and Psalm Zero, plus a music video by Beaten to Death. And, of course, we broke down the week in upcoming metal releases.

The live hits keep coming this weekend. High On Fire is playing tonight with Kvelertak and Doomriders. Tomorrow night sees Eyehategod / Trenchgrinder / Syphilitic Lust, as well as Witchtrap / Villains / Ancient Wound / Throoat. Sunday offers Dysrhythmia / Zevious Geryon, and Villains return on Monday for Absu's IO-sponsored return to NYC.

Don't forget to tune into IO's show on East Village Radio on Tuesday at 10pm, and keep an eye on our NYC metal show calendar. It rules.

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by Doug Moore

Absu at Saint Vitus 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Absu

BV Chicago mentioned a few weeks back that the great American black metal band Absu will be embarking on a second North American tour in November. (Their first tour this year hit NYC back in April.) There was no NYC date announced for the second tour at the time, but we're pleased to announce that there will be one, and it's Invisible Oranges-sponsored. From our announcement:

"Absu's is an explosive, almost grinding take on black metal, and they are a fantastic live band. Their riffs are harmonically eerie, as black metal should be, but the entire band shreds so hard that you almost don't notice them at first. Proscriptor McGovern fully deserves his reputation as one of the best drummers (and funniest frontmen) in metal. I still wish that Slayer had hired him after he auditioned for the band.

Invisible Oranges is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring Absu's NYC appearance on their upcoming North American tour. Joining them will be the Villains, whose death/black/thrash mashups will sit nicely beside Absu's occult onslaught."

Read the whole post over at IO. The Absu/Villains show in question will take place at November 18 (11/18) at Saint Vitus Bar. You can buy tickets here, and stay tuned for additional lineup announcements.

You may recall that Villains released an album earlier this year. You can stream it and take a look at the full list of dates below.

Continue reading "Absu add NYC show with Villains to tour (updated dates)"

By Doug Moore

Saint Vitus flyer

Brooklyn metal club Saint Vitus Bar wasn't originally intended to be a mostly show-oriented establishment; it only became one after its initial round of shows succeeded dramatically. Still, the venue puts on other types of events at times. For instance, it's got two (metal-related) art shows coming up in October.

The first is a daytime Entartete 'Kunts' signing/slideshow exhibit this Saturday (10/5). Entartete 'Kunts' (get it?) began as a series of art shows curated by Dennis Dread, who got his start running the Destroying Angels metal art zine back in the '90s. The most recent show was in Portland last month, but Dread has also compiled much of the series into a snazzy art book. The Vitus event -- which will run on a matinee 2pm-5pm schedule -- will involve projections of the art from the book and an opportunity to get your copy signed by Dread. Several of the contributing artists will be present, including Erik Danielsson of Watain (who are touring later this month and playing Irving Plaza on 10/8, for which we're giving away tickets on IO's radio show tonight) and Pasquale "Lino" Reca of NYC's own Villains, who have a new album out on Nuclear War Now!. That's the album art above. Stream it below.

The second upcoming Vitus art show is the Skulls: A Death's Head Gallery exhibit on 10/24. This event is also a bit unusual; curated by John LaMacchia (of Candiria among others) and Joseph Milazzo (who played with John in A Family Plot), it's both a group art show and a live music event. The band lineup consists of LaMacchia and Milazzo's as-yet-unheard project Tree of Death (who have a rare band Facebook page with zero likes!), Raw Dogs (presumably this one), and Grandfather. The arts lineup features a ton of notable locals, including prolific metal album artists Seldon Hunt and Karlynn Holland (who also curates the Vitus-hosted Dreams Were Made for Mortals group show series), Batillus frontman/Jarboe live band member Fade Kainer (who recently released a spooky video), jack-of-all-trades musician/artist Matt Kepler, and a host of others. You can nab $8 tickets in advance..

Check out the flyer and get in the mood by streaming the new Villains album below.

Continue reading "Villains released an LP (stream it), John LaMacchia forms Tree of Death, Saint Vitus hosting art shows (w/ Seldon Hunt, Dennis Dread & more)"

Kendrick Lamar @ Firefly 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Goldfrapp, Wordless Music Orchestra @ Beacon Theater
Her only U.S. show for 2013, Goldfrapp play a release show for their new album, Tales of Us, with the Wordless Music Orchestra providing the strings so intrinsic to the record's sweeping beauty.

ARMS, Common Prayer @ Mercury Lounge
After taking time off for life stuff, ARMS are back with an appealing new EP and tonight's the record release party.

Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), YOSHIMO, Noise Nomads @ Union Pool
Sonic Youth may not have a future, but the members have all been keeping very busy. Tonight Kim Gordon celebrates her noisy new Body/Head album with a sold-out show at Union Pool, one of a few upcoming dates the duo has in NYC. Opening the show is YOSHIMO of Boredoms (who also just played the NYC stop of Station to Station) and Noise Nomads (aka Jeff Hartford), who has been a favorite of Sonic Youth members for a while now.

Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Bishop Nehru @ Williamsburg Park
In the past year Kendrick Lamar has released one of the greatest rap breakthrough albums in recent memory, toured relentlessly (multiple NYC shows included), appeared on other huge songs ("Fuckin' Problems"), destroyed the competition ("Control"), and done a ton of other notable things that you probably don't need me to name. Needless to say, he's kept us very interested, so his return to NYC for the umpteenth time this year is a welcome one. Supporting him at tonight's show is Black Hippy crew mates Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, plus young upcoming Brooklyn rapper Bishop Nehru.

The Stepkids, Starlight Girls @ Mercury Lounge
Former backup musicians for Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill and 50 Cent, this Connecticut trio make funky pop on their own. This is a record release show for their new album, Troubadour, which tones down the psychedelic soul in favor of '70s AM gold.

Rebelution, Matisyahu, Collie Buddz @ Rumsey Playfield
Religious jam-band scene-approved alt-rock reggae rapper Matisyahu hits Rumsey Playfield in Central Park tonight for a bill that also includes Rebelution and Collie Buddz.

Blink 182 @ Starland Ballroom
blink-182 are on the second of three intimate NYC-area shows -- which inspired us to make the argument they're actually an important and influential band -- and tonight's (like tomorrow's MHOW show) is also a benefit. Proceeds benefit Sandy Relief and cancer/diabetes research and treatment, and opener New Beat Fund's t-shirt sales will support those charities as well. Sold out.

Spiritualized, Guy Blakeslee @ Webster Hall
Spiritualized have been through town more than a few times in the last year, but with an album as strong as last year's Sweet Heart, Sweet Light, they're worth seeing again.

Hess Is More, Ane Trolle, Naja Rosa @ Cameo Gallery
A mighty live force capable of DFA-style dancerock, Hess is More are always worth checking out live. This will be your first of three chances to do so this month as part of their September "Hessidency."

Zuul, Villains, Throaat @ The Gutter
No need to call Ghostbusters, the coming of this Zuul -- from Carbondale, Illinois, not the underworld -- doesn't signify the return of The Destructor, though their NWOBHM-style riffage is bulldozer strength. Joining them is NYC sleaze metal band Villains, and Throaat, who have members of Natur and Wizardry.

Johann Johannsson @ Le Poisson Rouge
Highly prolific Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson, whose most recent work is the score for new crime drama Prisoners, will perform tonight with American Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra @ Havemeyer Park (Nitehawk Outdoors)
Part of the Nitehawk Outdoors series, tonight's screening is Oscar-winner, Chicago, preceded by a performance by jazz-age style ensemble Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. It's free but you do need to RSVP.

Kate Boy, ASTR, Young Heel @ Glasslands
This Swedish outfit -- who channel Big '80s pop like Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush -- are in NYC for two shows, tonight being the first. They'll play Mercury Lounge tomorrow. Check out their video for "The Way We Are" below.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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Continue reading "What's going on Tuesday? (Kendrick Lamar, Goldfrapp, ARMS, Spiritualized, Body/Head, The Stepkids & more) "

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Jimmy Bower of EHG/Mike, Brian and Gary of EHG @ Saint Vitus, 11/28/2012
Eyehategod

Eyehategod

Eyehategod completed their two-night stay at Saint Vitus last night (11/28) tagging support from Villains, Mortals and new band White Widows . Pictures from the show adorn this post. As discussed, the band played a grip of new material which they announced would be recorded when they returned home from tour. No word as to the home/release date for the new EHG material, but you can check out the setlist from the show below. If you missed it, check out pictures/review from night one HERE.

More pictures from Saint Vitus are below alongside the setlist. I split early from Eyehategod to head to WIERD to catch Pinkish Black, and pictures from that performance are HERE.

Continue reading "Eyehategod played Saint Vitus again, with Villains, Mortals and White Widows (pics, setlist)"

Eyehategod in Australia
Eyehategod

With a tour down under officially behind them, Eyehategod are here and ready to take on Saint Vitus tonight (11/27) and tomorrow (11/28). The shows are a rare look into the band's highly elusive new material (some of which recently surfaced via A389) and will feature different sets each night, with support for tonight coming from Magrudergrind, Cleanteeth and The Communion and tomorrow featuring Villains, Mortals and White Widows (mems Primitive Weapons, Grudges, Goes Cube). Tickets for both tonight and tomorrow are still available OR you can try your luck at winning a pair for BOTH nights! Details on how to enter are below, along with streaming audio.

Continue reading "Eyehategod are here, play Saint Vitus tonight and tomorrow (win tickets)"

UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.

Frankenstorm

We'll keep you posted, but at the moment, Swans @ Bowery, Sic Alps @ Knitting Factory, and the show at Cake Shop are still listed as happening. Most other Sunday night shows (and a bunch of Monday shows) we would have listed are cancelled or postponed due to Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy). Subways and buses stop running at 7pm which is also when people living in "Zone A" are supposed to be evacuated by.

UPDATE: The Juan Maclean's DJ set at Le Bain is also still on (as of this post) CANCELLED too.

UPDATE: The Men are playing Don Pedro.

Union Pool doesn't have a show tonight, but is open.

ASPCA reminds you: All pets are accepted on the subway, taxi and trains during evacuation.

Fontana's says, "Hey everyone - we're going to be open this evening till we can. At least 2am. All Manhattanites workin the shifts - come keep us company."

Pianos is closed.

The Living Room is closed.

Cake Shop's show is now cancelled, but they "might still be open upstairs for fun and the bored-at-home-with-only-comic-books-you-haven't-read-yet-from-the-early-2000's. Stay tuned."

Spectre Folk, who were set to open for Sic Alps, at Knitting Factory tonight "have cancelled due to weather related travel issues. The show will go on with Sic Alps and PC Worship but will end early (10pm)." Tickets are still available.

Hannibal Buress is stuck in Houston. Not sure if his Knitting Factory show is going on without him.

UCB: "Due to MTA shutdown, both ASSSSCAT 3000 shows are cancelled tonight. Refunds will be issued to ticket holders."

All shows past 5:30pm at UCB East are also cancelled.

Pretty Good Friends is cancelled at Union Hall which will also be closed Monday.

The Bell House postponed an event tonight, and sadly cancelled Monday's Pat Kiernan Halloween trivia night.

Grimes, who has been in NYC the past few nights for her sold out four-night run, was set to play her last of those shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with Elite Gymnastics and Majical Cloudz, but due to the incoming Frankenstorm, tonight's show has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Mercury Lounge is also cancelled/closed.

Brooklyn Bowl is closing at 6pm.

The Molly Nilsson show at Glasslands tonight has been cancelled.

The xx were scheduled to play their second of two shows at the Paradise Theater tonight. They write...

Due to safety concerns related to Hurricane Sandy and the MTA shutdown in New York, we have been forced to postpone our remaining shows in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, including tonight's show at the Paradise in the Bronx. We are working with our partners to reschedule as soon as possible, so please hang on to your tickets and we'll advise as soon as we can. We'll have another announcement coming later in the week, including information on these shows and a new run of US dates in early 2013. In the meantime, please be safe. We'll be back to see you all soon.

Tonight's Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom has been cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase.

Villains is cancelled at Saint Vitus who write "We are closed this evening due to mandatory evacuation of "zone A". Obviously Mayor Bloomberg is not a Metal Head. We will reopen as soon as we can. In the meantime, enjoy this!"

Child Abuse at The Paper Box is cancelled.

Cat Power's Philly show at the Electric Factory has been postponed to January 2.

Brandie Carlile and Blitzen Trapper were set to play their first of two Beacon Theater shows tonight, but both tonight's show and Monday's show have been postponed.

Drom has cancelled multiple Sunday & Monday shows.

Sunday & Monday shows at Joe's Pub are cancelled.

"Due to impending hurricane, S.O.B's will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Shows will be rescheduled at a later date."

The Trey Anastasio Band show at Capitol Theater has been postponed to Monday, November 5. All tickets for tonight's show will be honored.

Louis CK was set to wrap up his run at the New York City Center tonight but has postponed the shows until March 2. Read his letter about postponing HERE.

"Pace Presents at The Schimmel Center for the Arts is disappointed to announce that, due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the city, our 2012 Banjo Summit with BELA FLECK tonight, Sunday October 28, has been CANCELLED. We are currently in discussions with the artists regarding rescheduling this show. More information will be released as we have it. Again, our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Stay safe and dry in the storm!"

Irving Plaza says, "Tonight's Xavier Rudd show is postponed. We're working on a rescheduled date, will send out info asap. Refunds avail at point of purchase."

The Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) show at Apollo Theater, which was initially postponed to tonight from June 14, has now been cancelled.

"BAM Rose Cinemas will close today following the 4:40 screening of Argo. The cinemas will remain closed tomorrow and possibly Tuesday."

Blue Oyster Cult at Best Buy Theater is postponed.

Maxwell's says, "tonight's show with Ours has been postponed to Sunday, December 2nd. all tickets will be honored and refunds are available as well."

Carnegie Hall's Sunday & Monday shows are cancelled or postponed.

City Winery says, "Due to the inclimate weather in the New York area and the suspension of all major travel services tonight's (10/28/12) Shawn Colvin concert has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The show has been rescheduled for February 3, 2013. In addition the Eric Hutchinson show scheduled for Monday, 10/29/12 has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date."

If you had been planning on celebrating Halloween with Rusko at Pacha tonight, you'll have to settle for spending New Year's with him. Tonight's show has been postponed until December 30.

UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.

Aluk Todolo

French black-metal crew Aluk Todolo last did a round of dates in the US in 2009. Now with a Roadburn appearance underneath their belt, the band is preparing to embark on a select few tour dates, including a mere three in the US. Look for Aluk Todolo to team with Villains and Lussuria at Saint Vitus on September 19, tickets are on sale.

Aluk Todolo is preparing to release their new LP Occult Rock via The Ajna Offensive on September 21st. Stream some older AT material below, alongside a list of all tour dates.

Continue reading "Aluk Todolo readies 'Occult Rock,' playing select U.S. appearances including Saint Vitus"

photos by Wyatt Marshall & Greg Cristman, words by BBG

Inquisition wishes Saint Vitus a happy birthday
in their own unique way (photo by Wyatt Marshall)
Inquisition

Happy Birthday to Saint Vitus, who celebrated the start of their second year with a string of shows at the venue that started with Young Widows (pictures), ended with Revocation and included sold-out appearances from Inquisition on 4/26 and 4/27. The pair of shows featured two completely different lineups, including Black Anvil, Woe and Trenchgrinder on the first night and Castevet (with new bassist Nick McMaster of Krallice) with Villains on the second. Pictures from both shows are below.

Black Anvil, who is also scheduled to head out on the road with Watain on their make-up dates, is playing a second NYC show in the near future at Saint Vitus, this time with Phobia. Tickets are on sale.

Pictures and video from both nights of Inquisition at Saint Vitus are below.

Continue reading "Inquisition played one year-old Saint Vitus twice (pics/video)"

photos by Stephanie Crumley, words by BBG

Midnight @ Acheron
Midnight

The hooded Venom-worshipping trio known as Midnight played Acheron on 4/7, inciting pits and setting leather jackets on fire as part of their incendiary live show. The Cleveland band were joined by sleaze-metal favorites Villains (who played with Bone Awl the night before) as well as Richmond's Parasytic and NYC's own Trenchgrinder. Here are some pictures video from the show.

In other news, Villains will join beer-metal band Superchrist on April 23rd when the band hits Saint Vitus. Tickets are on sale. Superchrist, who recently played a show in Chicago (check out the pics), is welcoming their new LP Holy Shit this May via Hell's Headbangers and you can stream the new song "Take Me To The Graveyard", along with the pics, below....

Continue reading "Midnight played Acheron w/ Villains/Parasytic/Trenchgrinder (pics/video), add show w/ Superchrist (who have a new LP)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG

Bone Awl @ Saint Vitus
Bone Awl

Bone Awl celebrated their tenth anniversary with a sold out show at Saint Vitus on Friday (4/6), one of two area shows for the primitive black metal trio (who played Red Light District the next night). Bone Awl was joined by Negative Plane and Villains (who performed as a trio for the weekend) at Saint Vitus, with the latter then going on to play another whopper of a show at Acheron the next night with Midnight, Parasytic & Trenchgrinder (pictures on the way).

Check out pictures and some live video of Bone Awl, Negative Plane & Villains at Saint Vitus, below...

Continue reading "Bone Awl celebrated their 10th anniversary at Saint Vitus with Negative Plane & Villains (pics/video)"

by BBG

EMM of Occultation on stage with Negative Plane at Union Pool (more by BBG)
Negative Plane

Negative Plane's Stained Glass Revelations was a triumph of darkness, utilizing unnerving and reverb drenched guitars to create a vision that was unique to black metal. Negative Plane isn't the singular vision of darkness for its members though; members of the band also serve time in bands like Agrath and the harrowing Occultation.

Unlike Agrath, Occultation shies away from black metal in technique for the most part, instead co-opting the genre's sense of dread to their gothic rock laced with psychedelia. Much like contemporaries in Jex Thoth and Sabbath Assembly, female vocals are the focus of Occultation, with bells, eerie organs and guitars playing second fiddle to overall atmosphere. The band is preparing to release Three & Seven via Profound Lore in North America and Invictus Productions overseas on April 17th and you can stream the new songs "Living Portrait" and "Dreamland In Flames" below, the latter of which makes its debut here today.

Reminder: Negative Plane will join Bone Awl for their 10th anniversary at Saint Vitus on Friday (4/6, tickets). The show is one of two for Bone Awl, who will also play a show at Red Light District on 4/7 in the Rockaways with FFH and Pharmakon.

Stream those tracks below.

Continue reading "Occultation prepares "Three & Seven" (stream new songs); Bone Awl adds show"

by BBG

Art for Bone Awl's Meaningless Meaning Less
Bone Awl

I'm proud to announce that BV & Order of the Serpent will present a rare show celebrating the tenth anniversary (!) of primitive black metal fiends Bone Awl at Saint Vitus on April 6th. The band will team with NYC sleazoids Villains and reverb-y gods of black metal Negative Plane. Tickets are on sale for this event.

Bone Awl's last release was a split with Ashdautas (of the Black Twilight Circle, who recently played NYC) which hit via Crepusculo Negro late last year. The show is their only current show scheduled so far.

The Saint Vitus show is the day before Villains play Acheron with Midnight, Parasytic and Trenchgrinder (on April 7th).

by BBG

Villains at Europa (more by BBG)
Villains

Brooklyn street metal sleaze-oids Villains dropped Road to Ruin on the venerable Nuclear War Now last year, and now the band has unveiled a video for the album closer "Land Hag". Check that out below.

A reminder: Villains will support a mammoth lineup of Midnight (who released one of my favorite LPs of 2011), Parasytic, and Trenchgrinder at Acheron on April 7th. The band will also support Superchrist at Saint Vitus on 4/23, and ticketing info for that show is forthcoming.

All tour dates and that video, below...

Continue reading "Villains reveal 'Land Hag' video & April show with Superchrist"

by BBG

Midnight at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
Midnight

Midnight will headline a killer bill at Acheron in Brooklyn on April 7th featuring an appearance from crusty thrash team Parasytic, over-the-top sleazoids Villains, and crust-death killers Trenchgrinder. The show is the band's only current US date, with a second show going down in Germany as part of Heavy Metal Mayhem. Don't miss it. Stream some Parasytic and Trenchgrinder material below, and download their demo for free at Bandcamp.

Midnight's Satanic Royalty was one of my favorite albums of the year, and I recently caught them live at Rites of Darkness.

Stream that Trenchgrinder and Parasytic's recent LP Poison Minds below, alongside the flyer.

Continue reading "Midnight schedule show w/ Parasytic, Villains & Trenchgrinder"

photos by Stephanie Crumley, Villains photos by BBG

Proscriptor McGovern of Absu by Stephanie
Absu

Absu headlined Europa on National Metal Day (11/11/11) as part of a string of dates with Infernal Stronghold. Absu played a 75 minute set of old and new material (like "Earth Ripper" in the video below), some from their latest Abzu out now via Candlelight, and some from their contribution to a tour-only split with tour-mates Infernal Stronghold (available at the show).

Local blackened-sleaze favorites Villains supported Absu/Infernal Stronghold, and pictures/video of them and all other bands are below..

Continue reading "Absu, Infernal Stronghold & Villains played Europa (pics/video)"

by BBG

Exclusive look at Absu/Infernal Stronghold flexi cover by Dilek
Absu / Infernal Stronghold flexi cover

Absu is commemorating their string of dates with Infernal Stronghold in physical form.

For the upcoming tour, the bands have self-released a split flexi that will only be available at these few shows. It will not be available for sale through other mediums whatsoever. one new song from each band on clear vinyl and 4 different colored silk-screened covers. Limited to 250 copies.
Get your copy of the tour-only flexi at one of their six east coast dates which kick off TONIGHT at Strange Matter in Richmond, VA, including on Friday 11/11/11 at Europa with Villains. The NYC show is a BrooklynVegan/Order Of The Serpent production.

In January Absu heads to Australia for a string of dates with Portal. Check out our just-posted interview with Portal's Horror Illogium (and the accompanying remix he did for Bloody Panda).

All Absu tour dates, the show flyer, and some streams from Absu's latest LP Abzu (as well as other material) is below...

Continue reading "Absu to release tour-only split flexi with Infernal Stronghold, kick off East Coast dates tonight"

by BBG

Wolves in The Throne Room (more by Paul Birman)
Wolves In The Throne Room

Wolves in The Throne Room are here, and will begin their campaign of NYC darkness with Thou TONIGHT (9/12) at The Bell House with Krallice. Tickets are still available. The fun continues Wednesday (9/14) at Death By Audio in Brooklyn with Mutilation Rites (who replaced Krallice when Krallice switched to the Bell House show). Tickets for Death by Audio, previously unavailable, go on sale at 11AM (UPDATE: either we're crazy or the ticket on-sale has changed to 9/13 at 11pm).

Those opting for the Wednesday show still have a great option for tonight if you still feel like hitting some black-metal induced madness. Prescious Metal will host Raspberry Bulbs (mem Bone Awl), FFH, and Endless Humilation at Lit Lounge, one of two shows scheduled thus far for Raspberry Bulbs before they take a timeout to work on new material. If you can't make it, head out to Raspberry Bulbs' CMJ appearance at Saint Vitus on 10/18 where they'll team with Villains, Occultation (mem Negative Plane) & Skull. Ticketing info for the CMJ show is still forthcoming.

Krallice will also play Union Pool on Saturday with Urfaust/Black Anvil/Ruin Lust. Tickets are still available. The show is one of two BrooklynVegan heavy events scheduled for this weekend, with a second taking place on 9/16 at Public Assembly with 40 Watt Sun and the recently added Woe.

Wolves in The Throne Room welcome Celestial Lineage this week via Southern Lord. Cop it.

All tour dates and some recent video, including a full Raspberry Bulbs set, is below.

Continue reading "Wolves in the Throne Room are here (DBA tix now available), Raspberry Bulbs playing shows too (dates)"

by BBG

Black Witchery
Black Witchery

As the clock ticked towards 2AM on Monday night (8/8), a five band bill of raw and dissonant black metal was entering its seventh hour. Plagued by equipment issues and over-long sets, the blackened school night in Greenpoint featured an early-Tuesday morning appearance from Spain's Proclamation, along with support from Black Witchery, a reunited Abazagorath, Deceiveron, and Villains.

Early support was a mixed bag, ranging from tongue-in-cheek and fun, to horrid, and not in an "ugly black metal" sort of way. Brooklyn's Villains match over-the-top and revolting in on-stage banter, with seriously great blackened street-punk. Deceiveron followed Villains, and were probably the low point of the evening. Besides being out of tune for the duration of their stage time, their set was long and uninteresting. Due to equipment issues, Abazagorath (who was next) took close to 45 minutes to set up and were relegated to a 13 minute set. Despite that considerable setback, the reunited New Jersey band's thrashy black metal was engaging. Make sure you catch them on an upcoming go-around.

Black Witchery had the largest crowd of the evening, possibly due to the hour that the band hit the stage (around 12:30). The trio's blackened blasts of war metal incited pits while the band kept it interesting with an animated and costumed live show. Black Witchery's theatrical and anti-melodic black metal was my favorite performance of the evening.

The audience had thinned considerably for Spain's Proclamation, and though they they delivered an excellent set of Blasphemy-style war metal, their late set-time and much-more-energetic direct support of similar-influence made it hard to stay enthralled.

More pictures and video from Europa are below.

Continue reading "a late & long night of black metal @ Europa in pics, video & review (Black Witchery, Proclamation, Abazagorath & more)"

by BBG

Black Witchery

The previously discussed Proclamation show just went from awesome to bonkers with the addition of Black Witchery to the lineup. The pair will team with Abazagorath (mem Funebrarum, Evoken), Deceiveron, and Villains for the August 8th show at Europa. Tickets are still available.

Black Witchery released Inferno of Sacred Destruction in 2010 on CD via Hells Headbangers, and have released it on vinyl via Nuclear War Now. Villains new LP, Road to Ruin, is also out now via Nuclear War Now. Order them both at the NWN webstore.

Show flyer and some video is below.

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Lower Dens @ Bowery Ballroom during CMJ (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lower Dens

Lower Dens headline Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (2/25). Glory Girls and Ducktains both open. I have two pairs of tickets you can win. Details at the end of this post.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Dears show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Cake show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Alexi Murdoch show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

As previously discussed, Harvey Milk are in fact playing three shows at Union Pool and they've added support for each night. Tickets are now on sale and still available for all three: March 13th with Occultation (mem Negative Plane!), March 14th with Villains, and the newly-onsale March 15th with Luke Roberts.

Tickets go on sale at noon for the Yeasayer show at Terminal 5 (and for the Philly date at the Troc).

Downtown legend Joey Arias is headlining Town Hall on 4/21. Tickets go on presale at noon.

Tickets went on sale Thursday for a Justin Bond/Doveman show at Bowery Ballroom.

Balkan Beat Box are playing Webster Hall on 4/26. Tickets go on sale at noon.

The Airborne Toxic Event are playing Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall in three days. Tickets for all of them go on sale at noon.

Jukebox the Ghost and Wakey Wakey co-headline a show at Bowery Ballroom that same week. Tickets go on sale at noon.

The Boxer Rebellion have shows coming up at Bowery and Music Hall - both on sale.

Jeff Mangum tickets also went on sale at 11am and noon.

Strokes MSG tickets are also on sale.

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by BBG

Christian Mistress
Christian Mistress

Thrones headlined Acheron on Wednesday (10/13) with an assist from the stunning NWOBHM-inspired Christian Mistress & the the blackened street-toughs in Villains as part of a joint BrooklynVegan/Todd P production. All three delivered impressive sets to a packed Acheron, but Christian Mistress was the only one of the three that got the crowd chanting "one more song" (to which they obliged).

More pictures from this fantastic show (thanks to all who attended) are below. A reminder Rosetta/Constants/Cleanteeth take on Union Pool (not Cake Shop) TONIGHT (10/15) and The Gates of Slumber/Hour of 13/Disma tear down Union Pool tomorrow (10/16) as part of BrooklynVegan/1000 Knives events this weekend.

More pictures from the Acheron below...

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by BBG

Venomous Concept
Venomous Concept

Grind supercrew Venomous Concept battered a small crowd at Europa, where the band blasted through 25+ songs with support from Cali killers Nails and blackened and badass Villains. The show was part of an overall tour for VC, who played a string of West Coast dates with BV SXSW alumni Kill The Client prior to the eastside mayhem. Nails supported on all east coast dates.

Locals Villains, who have laid low as of late, played new tracks from a forthcoming release due on the great Nuclear War Now. No official word on the release date for the LP, but the material sounds very promising live and I can't wait to see them again when the open for Thrones and Christian Mistress (on 10/13 at Acheron).

Nails, who will see their Unsilent Death re-released by Southern Lord on 10/5 (it originally surfaced on Six Feet Under), lived up to the hype that the band has been receiving as of late, delivering a blistering 20 minute set that would probably have gotten somer serious crowd movement if the turnout was larger. Cop Unsilent Death, it's a burner.

Venomous Concept finished out the night with an hour+ of d-beaty grind culled from the band's recent Poisoned Apple, as well as their prior work with Buzz Osbourne for Retroactive Abortion. Kevin Sharp was as jokey and unhinged as ever, and the core unit of Dan Lilker/Danny Herrera/Shane Embury were taught and blistering. Excellent set from this 1/2 Napalm Death, 1/2 Brutal Truth crew.

More pictures from the show are below...

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DOWNLOAD: Christian Mistress - "Desert Rose" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Christian Mistress - "Home In The Sun" (MP3)

Thrones
Thrones

After Grey Wolves, my journey into the Melvins past would continue with their ex-bassist Joe Preston and his solo project Thrones. With a looping pedal, drum machine, and some sort of vocal harmonizer, Joe churned out compelling and doomy rhythms, leads, and everything in between, making for a fascinating one man show. [review from No Fun Fest 2009]
BrooklynVegan and Todd P are proud to present a killer lineup of heavy music at Acheron on October 13th! Headlined by the one and only Joe Preston (Thrones) support will come from Christian Mistress, Villains, and one more TBA! $10 will get you in the door.

The show is one of many that Christian Mistress and Thrones will play together, starting in Portland in September, and ending back in the same state on Halloween. All dates below.

Christian Mistress are celebrating their new LP Agony & Opium out NOW via 20 Buck Spin. With classic 80s Euro riffs and a vocalist that brings to mind Geddy Lee, Agony & Opium feels like a lost relic from the NWOBHM. Dig on the killer retro goodness on "Desert Rose" and "Home In The Sun" available for download above.

Some videos, with all dates, below...

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