Entries tagged with: Windhand
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis and Zach Pollack
Kurt Vile in Austin in 2013 (more by Glen Brown)
South by Southwest. Maybe you've heard of it. Anyway, it starts in about a week, turning Austin, TX into one giant cacophonous concert where you can't swing a free canvas tote bag full of complimentary energy drinks without hitting a musician vying for your attention. It's actually pretty fun -- apart from the wasted spring breakers everywhere -- but it can be overwhelming. In an effort to help, we've already highlighted metal at SXSW and given you 10 NYC artists that we think are worth seeing, and here's a list of 50 artists we're excited to see at SXSW from all over the world (a few cross over from those other two lists). More than a few are playing one of BV's many events in Austin this week -- and if you're going, do stop by.
We know most people are NOT going to SXSW (and if you're in that group, you may be sick of hearing about it already), but many of these acts are touring around the US on either side of SXSW so it's maybe worth a gander too. We've also got a handy Rdio playlist with a song from each artist.
An embedded version of that playlist, plus our list of 50 artists we wanna see at SXSW (in alphabetical order), 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 Doug Moore
Nothing at BV CMJ 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Their two-ish week North American tour begins with a record release party for Nothing's Relapse Records debut at Philly's Kung Fu Necktie on March 2 and loops down to Texas, where the two bands will part ways. Nothing will hit SXSW for several days, including an appearance at Relapse's official showcase at Dirty Dog Bar on 3/12, which will also feature Windhand, Christian Mistress, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon (my band), and at Dallas's Spillover Music Fest on 3/16, where they'll briefly reunite with Weekend. Nothing's tour will then bring them back to the East Coast, where it will terminate with a NYC show at Saint Vitus Bar on 3/20. Tickets and supporting acts are TBA, but keep an eye out.
Check out some live footage of Nothing at our CMJ party and both bands' full sets of dates below...
by Doug Moore
YOB at the Bell House, 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As we've said before, Oregonian psych-doom unit YOB may be the best slow-and-heavy band around today. Among their many accomplishments is the role they've played in the ascent of Profound Lore Records, which has become one of metal's premiere taste-making labels over the past decade. YOB signed to PFL after their brief mid-aughts hiatus for the release of The Great Cessation in 2009, and recently re-released their second album Catharsis through the label.
It thus comes as something of a surprise to hear that YOB have moved on to a different label. Specifically, they've signed on with Neurot Recordings, which is the in-house label for Neurosis (the other best slow-and-heavy band around today). The musicians involved have crossed paths before, having played shows together both under the YOB/Neurosis monikers as well as in solo or side-project formats. (More on that in a sec.) Comments Neurosis guitarist/vocalist Steve Von Till on the signing:
"This was meant to be. Neurot has always sought out to work with those who share in the purification of spirit through sound and who harvest their sound from originality and intensity. When I listen to YOB, see them leave it all on the stage, or share a conversation with them about life, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that they embody what Neurot stands for completely and we are so very honored that we get the opportunity to work together with them on their next album."The signing announcement also comes with some welcome news: YOB will release their seventh album later this year. Frontman Mike Scheidt has been quite busy with side projects lately, including both solo touring and the supergroups Vhol & Lumbar, so it's good to hear that the gears are turning in his main band too.
Speaking of Scheidt's solo material: he is one of the participants in the second edition of an ongoing series of Townes Van Zandt tribute LPs. (Neurosis dudes Von Till and Scott Kelly contributed to the first edition -- another connection between them and YOB.) Scheidt will perform "To Live is to Fly," "The Rake," and "Highway Kind"; John Baizley (Baroness), Nate Hall (U.S. Christmas), Stevie Floyd (Dark Castle), Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand), and Katie Jones are also on board. Neurot will handle that release as well.
Check out a Baizley/Jones duet rendition of the TVZ classic "If I Needed You" below...
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.
Screaming Females at Bowery Ballroom in September (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We've been asking around for artists to tell us their favorite albums of 2013, and the people at NJ punk/indie rock label Don Giovanni Records sent over some lists from a few of their artists. At the bottom of this post, you can browse the lists from label co-founder Joe Steinhardt (also an artist on the label as Modern Hut), DC post-punks Priests, eclectic Brooklyn duo Shellshag, Amherst sludge rockers California X, Wisconsin punk rippers Tenement, Hilly Eye, Lauren Measure's new pop punk band Worriers, and Marissa Paternoster, the shredder/vocalist of Screaming Females (and also the brains behind Noun). One major trend on the lists is that the self-titled debut from Radioactivity (the new band of The Marked Men's Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan) appears more than any other album. If you haven't heard that one yet, you can stream it below.
As discussed, most of the bands mentioned will be playing the Don Giovanni showcases happening in Brooklyn on February 6 at 285 Kent and February 7 and 8 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for 285 Kent and MHOW (including a 2-day pass option) are still available.
Lists and streams below...
by Doug Moore
Immolation @ Gramercy, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
The Maryland Deathfest lineup for 2014 grows ever spookier. The fest's organizers have taken advantage of Samhain to announce a whole string of new bands -- no huge names in this round, but there are a bunch of notables, including Castevet (who just played an IO-sponsored record release show), Sweden's Entrails and the hilarious Birdflesh, Germany's Necros Christos, Japan's Coffins, Canada's Mitochondrion, Austrialia's Whitehorse, plus local favorites Immolation, Incantation, and Mutilation Rites. That's a lot of -ations.
This announcement is extra noteworthy because it included venue details, which have been the subject of much speculation since the fest announced that it would not return to the former Sonar compound. The short version is that MDF 2014 will take place in three places: a parking lot a few blocks from Sonar, the Baltimore Soundstage (again), and the Rams Head Live. Here's the full announcement:
3 stages, including the 2 main stages, will be located at 545 N. High Street (Edison Parking lot), which is 1-2 blocks from the old location of Sonar. The setup at the Edison space will eliminate a variety of logistical problems and will ultimately lead to a better experience for you at MDF next year. This space has an approved capacity that is significantly higher than what we're used to, we can open the entrance 2 hours before the first band each day, we won't be getting in the way of the Farmers Market on Sunday, we don't have to close off streets, and once again, we will have MORE space. In addition to adding more shaded areas, there is already existing shade here, so if it gets hot, you won't be roasting on concrete all day. As far as parking goes, there is an enormous parking lot next to the space we're using that you'll be able to park at, and as always, metered parking is possible under the highway that everyone is familiar with from previous years.The parking lot in question was in use as an actual, y'know, parking lot at this year's festivities. Some of you undoubtedly drank beers out of a cooler there. The prospect of an mostly outdoor version of MDF makes me a little nervous, given the mid-Atlantic's rainy late spring, but we all survived last year, right?
On Thursday, bands will only be playing at Rams Head Live, located in the Power Plant Live! section of downtown Baltimore at 20 Market Pl. On Friday-Sunday, bands (death and black metal) will be playing at Rams Head Live between the hours of 10 pm - 2 am, (bands will conclude at the Edison parking space at 11 pm).
On Friday-Sunday, once again, we are doing a grind/hardcore/punk/crust stage at Baltimore Soundstage, located across the street from Rams Head Live at 124 Market pl. Unlike last year, bands will play here all day/night and there won't be any large gaps between bands.
Generally speaking, this setup was the most sensible solution for us, as it allows us to book a lot of bands, give bands respectable set lengths, eliminate many issues/concerns from last year, and keep the fest close to hotels and other downtown conveniences that everyone is used to.
As early as next week, we will break everything down so you know who is playing where. We will also announce more bands at that time. We still have a few up our sleeve for the main stages, but mostly, we're down to rounding out the Soundstage billing before being completely finished with booking.
Check out the full list of newly announced bands and the complete lineup to date below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Carcass at MDF 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Maryland Deathfest, North America's preeminent metal festival, just announced another batch of confirmed bands for next summer's installment, the fest's twelfth. My Dying Bride, The Church of Pungent Stench, Hooded Menace, Ulcerate, Bölzer and Windhand will be playing the already stacked festival alongside previously announced heavyweights like At the Gates and Gorguts (who just announced a tour with Origin and Nero Di Marte). The fest runs from May 22 - 25, but if you can't wait until then for some MDF action, you can check out some teasers for a forthcoming documentary about the event titled Welcome to Deathfest.
Deathfest will be UK doom vets My Dying Bride's first appearance in the US since 1997 and their only stop on their trip across the pond, so if you want to see them it's Baltimore or bust.
Windhand released their excellent album Soma last month and are on tour in Europe. They'll be back touring stateside soon, though, for a leg of the High on Fire and Kveleretak tour. That tour hits Webster Hall on November 15, but it will be Doomriders (who just released a new song) filling the third slot. Tickets are still available.
MDF 2014's lineup so far and tour dates are listed below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Doomriders at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Doomriders are set to release their new album, Grand Blood, on October 15 via Deathwish and they just released a new single from it called "Dead Friends." It's pretty straight-forward party metal/rock, if a tad lighter on the melodic-guitar work that marked earlier Doomriders material. You can check it out below.
Doomriders were last in NYC when they played 285 Kent with Red Fang, who just announced a tour which hits NYC at Bowery Ballroom on 12/11. They also just released a new song, which you can stream below.
Doomriders frontman and guitarist Nate Newton does double duty as the bassist in Converge. Another Converge-related band, Mutoid Man, just announced a NYC show. The trio (aka Converge's Ben Koller, Cave In's Stephen Brodsky, and Brohammer's Nick Cageo) will hit Saint Vitus on Monday (9/23) with Godmaker, Descender, and DJ Jim Carrol, (The Suicide File, The Hope Conspiracy). Tickets for that show will be available at the door.
As discussed, Stephen Brodsky is playing his own Brooklyn show at Union Hall on Friday (9/20) with Jenny Owen Youngs and Mal Blum (tix). He's also since announced another show happening at Silent Barn on October 2 with Wing Dam and Me You Us Them.
Meanwhile, speaking of Kvelertak, they just released a psyched-out cartoon video for "Evig Vandrar," a song from their sophomore album, Meir, which came out earlier this year. Check it out below, along with the full list of High on Fire/Kvelertak tour dates, which also include support at select shows from Windhand (who recently played Saint Vitus) and Pack of Wolves...
photos by Caroline Harrison, words by Doug Moore
Windhand @ Saint Vitus - 9/6/13
Judging by the decidedly mixed audience, Windhand is blowing up fast. This band was known almost strictly among metal people even a year ago, and even then were hardly drawing massive crowds. It is good to see a talented band rewarded for their abilities.
We've got some pictures and a full writeup of the show at Invisible Oranges, and more pics below. When you're through with those, check out some streaming tracks and the rest of Windhand's tour dates here.
John Dwyer (of Thee Oh Sees) is streaming the reissue of the debut LP by his old band, Coachwhips, which came out in 2002 and was called Hands On The Controls. You can listen to that HERE. Thee Oh Sees are on tour this year and will be in NYC this October.
High on Fire at Bowery Ballroom, Nov 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
In what could be one of the best metal tours of the fall, High on Fire will join Kvelertak for a string of North American dates this fall, with rotating support coming from Doomriders, Pack of Wolves and Windhand. The dates include stops from coast to coast and a health dose of Canada, and include Webster Hall on November 15. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wednesday (9/4) at noon and will be available to the general public starting Friday (9/6) at noon.
Windhand won't be on the East Coast leg of that jaunt, but they WILL be in NYC this weekend. Don't miss them Friday at Saint Vitus (on 9/6) when the band teams with Ramming Speed and Golden Grass as part of their tour. Tickets are still available.
All dates and some streams are below.
Windhand's collossal new effort, Soma, will see release via Relapse in September, and is the follow-up to their massive debut (one of my a favorites of 2012). So far the band have released the track "Woodbine" for streaming, but has now released the similarly great "Orchard" as well. Stream both below and preorder your copy.
As mentioned, Windhand is on the road in September, and will play Saint Vitus on September 6 (tickets) with special guests Ramming Speed (!) and Golden Grass.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with those songs streams, below.
Windhand will return for another LP of doom greatness with Soma, the follow-up to the split with Cough that dropped earlier this year. Swing below for a stream of the new track "Woodbine" from the LP, which sticks to much of the same formula that made their debut so great (it was one of my a favorites of 2012). Preorder your copy.
The new track comes paired with a string of US dates which include a stop at Saint Vitus on September 6. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed, along with the song stream, album trailer and more streaming audio, below.
Windhand's colossal split-release with related band Cough is still sitting in a pile of recent listens, but the Richmond doomers are proud to announce their latest LP and debut full-length for Relapse Records. The new LP, titled Soma, is 75 minutes strewn across six tracks, all incorporating soulful vocals with harsh, fist-raising doom riffage. Fans of the band's excellent debut for Forcefield Records (one of my personal favorites for 2012), this is more of the same, in all of the best ways. Preorder your copy.
Details on the new record, an album trailer, streams of their excellent debut and that split are all below.
by Fred Pessaro
The Windhand tour and the Kings Destroy record release party converged at Saint Vitus on a rainy Friday night (6/7), joined by supporting sets from Clamfight! and Belus (members of Mortals). More pictures are up at Invisible Oranges.
Kings Destroy's new LP, A Time of Hunting, is out now via War Crime Recordings, a venture between Sanford Parker (ex-Nachtmystium, Minsk, etc), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, solo work) and others. The label also recently released the debut effort from Corrections House.
Speaking of new records, Windhand will release their new LP Soma via Relapse on September 17 with more detals are on the way soon.
by Fred Pessaro
Windhand at Acheron in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
As mentioned, Windhand teams with Clamfight and Belus for the Kings Destroy Record Release show tonight at Saint Vitus. Tickets are still available for the show, part of a larger tour for the new Relapse signees! Kings Destroy are welcoming their new LP A Time of Hunting via War Crime Recordings. Stream it in full below.
Chris Black and his amazing Dawnbringer project have added an NYC show at Saint Vitus Bar on July 26 with Crypter and "Special Guests TBA." Ticketing info is on the way. Unmissable!
InvisibleOranges has been prettyyy busy lately, logging reports from Maryland Deathfest (pictures from Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, and a report from Andy O'Connor and another from Scab Casserole) and Chaos in Tejas (Pics from Day 1, Day 2, Day3, Day 4 and a set from Carmelo Espanola). We streamed the new Vestiges/Panopticon, Hatred Surge, Zirakzigil, Noisem, Ramming Speed, Dressed in Streamsthe Eolian Empire comp, Man's Gin, and so much more. Make sure and head to InvisibleOranges for your metal news and recaps.
For suggested metal/hardcore/punk shows, head to our fancy new NYC Metal Calendar. It rules. Head below for streams from Windhand, Kings Destroy and more.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Windhand at Acheron, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Richmond, Virginia, doomers Windhand have announced US dates for the East Coast and beyond. The band, who recently dropped a split 12-inch with Cough and released one of my favorite albums of 2012, will bless NYC in Brooklyn as part of that routing, tagging Saint Vitus on June 7. Tickets are on sale for this InvisibleOranges-sponsored event.
Belus, Clamfight and Kings Destroy will join Windhand at Saint Vitus, with the latter celebrating the release of their new album A Time of Hunting due on Wartime Records (run by Bruce Lamont / Sanford Parker). Check out the video for the lead track "Stormbreak" which makes its premiere below.
Windhand recently announced their signing to Relapse, so look for the band to road-test material at the dates listed below.
Windhand at Acheron, Aug 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Cough and Windhand are two of the strongest young doom bands on the scene, and not only do they share a hometowm of Richmond, VA and some influences, but they also share a member in bassist Parker Chandler and now a label home, Relapse. The label will release their new full-length, but before that Relapse has a split with Cough due next week. Stream that in its entirety below and order yours at the label.
Cough are currently touring their way toward Roadburn 2013 and Heavy Days in Doomtown, and Windhand will play US dates shortly thereafter. Those Windhand dates include a stop at Saint Vitus on June 7. Ticketing info is forthcoming.
All dates are listed, along with streams, 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.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Windhand at Public Assembly (more by Greg Cristman)
Windhand has been add to the previously discussed Primitive Weapons, Mares of Thrace, Pilgrim show at Saint Vitus on August 3rd. Make sure and get there early... don't miss them!
Thanks to everyone who came out to 285 Kent last night. It was pretty insane, and I couldnt have done it without the perpetually down boys in Trash Talk, OFWGKTA, the amazing staff of 285 Kent and Todd P. But most of all, thanks to everyone who came.
I'm gonna keep it short and sweet this week. Have a great weekend and maybe see you at some of the shows listed below! What did I miss?
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Natur @ Public Assembly
Thrashy Brooklyn crew Natur headlined a mostly doom bill at Public Assembly on March 1st, featuring appearances from Richmond's Windhand, Providence's Pilgrim and Boston newcomers Magic Circle. The show, part of a larger tour for Natur & Pilgrim, was the first of a set of dates before both hit SXSW and a sort of celebration for Pilgrim's well-executed Misery Wizard LP.
For Magic Circle, which features members of Rival Mob, Boston Strangler, Innumerable Forms, Mind Eraser, and more, the Public Assembly date was their live debut. So far the band has nothing more than a demo to speak of, but we'll keep an eye out. In the meantime, keep on the lookout for Boston Strangler's debut LP Primitive (out now via Fun with Smack Records) and catch them live with Tragedy, Perdition & Sickoids. Tickets are on sale for this 5/12 show at Le Poisson Rouge.
Windhand tour dates and pictures from Public Assembly are below.
Tragedy at Chaos in Tejas more by Keith Marlowe
Tragedy, who are also scheduled to play Hellfest in France this summer, will return to NYC for a show on May 12th at a venue TBA with support almost as impressive as the headliner; The Boston Strangler, Perdition, and Sickoids will all support the Portland melodic crust heroes. More details are to come. For now check out some live video below.
Boston Strangler's new LP Primitive is out now via Fun With Smack Records. Stream the title track below. Catch Boston Strangler member Justin Detore perform on March 1st with Magic Circle alongside Pilgrim, Natur, and Windhand at Public Assembly.
Dates, videos and some streams are below.
"Providence should be nuked. The music scene there is a disgrace. " - Pilgrim
Check the IDs of the members of Pilgrim and you might be surprised. Though Pilgrim is well-versed in the classic doom sounds of the 70s and 80s, the young band (both as a unit and individually) plays songs well-beyond their years on Misery Wizard, the band's debut LP due on February 14th via Poison Tongue/Metal Blade. Misery Wizard's strength's lies in its ability to reinterpret the greats like Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, and Reverend Bizarre into something familiar yet wholly new, expanding upon influences instead of rehashing them. Check out three new songs from the album the title track, "Astaroth", and "Quest" (which makes its debut here), below.
Pilgrim will play a handful of dates in the coming weeks, including March 1st at Public Assembly with Natur, Windhand and Magic Circle. Look for them on the road (dates below) and check out a discussion I had with The Wizard (guitar/vocals) where we discuss inspiration or lack thereof, how they hooked up with a member of Primordial, and their hometown of Providence.
Our interview (which includes the quote above), tour dates and all streams are below.
Midnight at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
2011 was a year that I spent delving deep into record bins, in the pit at shows, and searching for the most brutal of the brutal at festivals across the country including Maryland Deathfest, Chaos in Tejas, Rites of Darkness, SXSW, the A389 Anniversary show, California Discord Fest, and many others. It was also a year when I revisited my hardcore roots, and went further down the rabbit hole with DIY shows and independent records.
2011's choices for best of the year were tougher than I could have imagined, as opposed to my clear cut 2010 choice for favorite album of the year. That said, favorite records are about playability, and these are the LPs that wore out my needle and earned the most plays on my digital device (note: I made sure to remove a record that I was directly involved in because that would clearly be near the top of the list). I hope you enjoyed these records as much as I did in 2011 and if not, please share what you enjoyed below. I already can't wait for 2012.
My favorite records and shows of 2011 are below.