Entries tagged with: Windhand
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.
Gaza photos by Dean Chooch Landry
Gaza at Acheron, 11/12
West Coast punks No Statik will return to NYC to play Acheron on January 7th. Details on support are still TBA. This San Francisco band features members of great bands like Artimus Pyle, Scrotum Grinder, and Look Back And Laugh and is streaming some material below.
Agoraphobic Nosebleed is streaming a new set of songs available from their forthcoming flexi in Decibel. Stream those at Soundcloud. Make sure to check out the lyrics, which diss everyone from Scion to Obituary to Kurt Ballou and everyone in between. Speaking of Obituary, I have a pair of tickets available for giveaway for their Saturday (11/19) show at Santos. Details on how to win are below.
After playing a FREE show at Acheron a couple weeks ago, Seraphim will return to play with Pilgrim, Dutchguts and The Year is One on December 15th at Saint Vitus. The band is returning form a recent stint of dates with Pulling Teeth overseas.
Windhand will team with NATUR and Pilgrim for a 3/1 show at Public Assembly. Windhand ripped it at Acheron in their last outing, and their new LP out soon on Forcefield is gold. Ordering details are forthcoming but doom fans, you need this one.
As previously discussed, Brain Killer will lead a Nick Poot memorial show on 11/26 at Tommy's Tavern. Joining the band will be Green Beret, featuring members of the great Social Circkle. Check out their demo above and buy a cassette copy via their label. Social Circkle also recently released their Expiration Date EP via Side Two, check out "No I Won't" from that release above. Fans of 80s style hardcore take note of both.
A full set of photos of Gaza at Acheron on 11/12, a Doomsday Student video, and all suggested shows are below. What did I miss?
Windhand at Acheron (more by BBG)
Windhand know their roots. Not only does the Richmand doom band pay homage to some of the gods of their genre (Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Pentagram, Candlemass, etc) on their latest self-titled effort, but Windhand also understand that the foundation of the music itself lies in blues. While the ex-members of Alabama Thunderpussy and Facedowninshit blast through a fuzzed-out and thundering old-school doom backdrop, vocalist Dorthia Cottrell adds a soulful and haunting croon on songs like "Black Candles" and "Heap Wolves", the latter of which is making its debut in this post. Stream both songs below.
Album opener "Black Candles" recently surfaced on an episode of The Soggy Bog of Doom which features an audio interview with Steve Mills of The Wounded Kings (Windhand track at around 54:10). Listen to that and the song debut, with some live video, below...
words & photos by BBG
Krum Bums @ Europa
A blackened crust band. An updated NWOBHM band. A poppy street-punk band. A blackened thrash band. A slow crusty doom band, and a traditional doom band with female vocals. Outside of a grind band and a hardcore band, I'd say that almost all heavy bases were covered on Friday night at Europa and Acheron. My night started with the Toxic Holocaust / Holy Grail / Krum Bums tour which hit Europa with support from Salo. Though the crowd was insanely into both Toxic Holocaust and Holy Grail (I preferred the former way more than the latter), Krum Bums were my favorite band at Europa that night. Their high-energy street punk awoke the quiet crowd, who were circle-pitting by their set's end. Toxic Holocaust had the audience eating out of their hand too, with the much larger circle-pit giving way to on-stage sing-alongs for favorites like "Wild Dogs" and "War is Hell".
side note: Toxic Holocaust's fans at Europa need to take a cue from the book of hardcore when it comes to stage-diving; thirty seconds of hesitation and searching for the right spot to dive isn't just embarassing, its just plain pointless.
After Europa, I headed over to the free after-party at Acheron featuring Windhand with local Belus. NYC's Belus is only on their second show, but the band shows maturity and songwriting way beyond their years. Make sure and catch them whenever you get the chance. Windhand was all the makings of an amazing traditional doom band: great vocals, memorable riffs, and bombastic sound. Can't wait to see them again.
All pictures and some recent video (including some from Europa) is below.
Richmond's Windhand can lock into a serious Black Sabbath groove, and the band will join Belus for a show at Acheron on August 19th as part of a Toxic Holocaust after-party at the venue (doors are at 10PM). Windhand's appearance will be FREE (with a suggested donation of $5) so come out and support this awesome band after the Toxic Holocaust show at Europa.
Meanwhile over at Saint Vitus on the same night, Pearls & Brass will play with Serpent Throne and Eleven Twenty-Nine. Tickets are on sale. The show is their first NYC date since going on hiatus in 2008 due to bassist Randy Huth focusing on Pissed Jeans.
And last but not least, Totimoshi will team with Pigs, Bezoar, and Fashion Week to play Saint Vitus on Saturday (8/20). Tickets are on sale. The show is part of a larger tour for Totimoshi in support of Avenger, streaming in full below. Check that out alongside all tour dates below.
Apostle of Solitude
Everyone, I have some bad news: due to a serious illness in his family, Jason has had to go to Utah for a couple of weeks, and we have to drop off SHoD XI [Stoner Hands of Doom] and the Slow Southern Steel premiere in NYC. I hope that you all understand... it's not something that we wanted to do, frankly we'd hoped to start getting busy again... but family has to come first. - [Karl of The Gates of Slumber]Quite the past few weeks for BrooklynVegan metal events, with Loss cancelling their appearance at Saint Vitus (and subsequently being replaced by Unearthly Trance) and now the cancellation of The Gates of Slumber. Luckily, we roll deep and The Gates of Slumber will be replaced by fellow Indiana doom breathren Apostle of Solitude!
Apostle of Solitude's last LP, Last Sunrise, saw release on Profound Lore Records last year, and the band recently released a pair of splits with Dawnrider, Rituals of the Oak, and The Flight of Sleipnir. For the unfamiliar, Check out some audio of the old-school doom band (featuring members of The Gates of Slumber) below.
As discussed, CT of Rwake will be in the house to present his film Slow Southern Steel, so expect this Arkansas madman to do some collaboratiing with either Cough, Apostle of Solitude or Earthling on stage. Doors are at 10PM, tickets are on sale (limited seats available), and there will be a bunch of free Jagermeister for all of you maniacs.
Cough, Apostle of Solitude and Earthling are all on board for Stoner Hands of Doom XI, an annual festival in Frederick MD. The show will feature numerous doom luminaries over its three days (August 12-14), including Earthride, Hour of 13 and Windhand among many others. Windhand is also scheduled to play Acheron on August 19th.
Check out some streaming audio, alongside the film trailer below...