Entries tagged with: Withered
photos by Greg Cristman
The Serpent Sermon tour kicked off over the weekend, featuring a fearsome foursome of Marduk, 1349, Withered and Weapon, having swung through NYC on June 3rd, hitting Music Hall of Williamsburg with Mutant Supremacy. More pictures from that unholy Sunday are below.
Weapon, who recently signed to Relapse for their follow-up to 2010's From The Devil's Tomb, have completed recording for their new LP and will release it this fall. Marduk also has a new album, Serpent Sermon, which is currently out now via Century Media Records. But what's really making the rounds about Marduk is Morgan 'Evil' Steinmeyer Håkansson claim to own part of the skull of legendary Mayhem vocalist Dead.
"I got it way back, right after he died. Back in those days they [Mayhem] were living in a house and didn't have the best financial aspects, so they didn't even have a telephone. So I remember I was celebrating New Year's in 1991 with Dead back home in Sweden. Then he got back, he wrote one letter [to me], then someone told me he's killed himself."I guess congrats are in order? More pictures from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show are below.
Morgan continued, "So I wrote a letter [to Mayhem] and then I got the reply back from the guitar player [Euronymous] -- "Well he just shot himself and here's a piece of his skull." It was a shotgun, you know? So [he also sent me] two pieces of the lead and a piece of the wet brain. I've still got it. I keep it well protected."
We asked Morgan who else Euronymous had sent tokens from Dead's suicide to. "He sent it to all these former comrades of Dead," he said with an innocent smile, making it clear that he would not reveal any other names. "A few of them. There were not that many people ... maybe five." -[Loudwire]
Built to Spill at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, North Carolina will celebrate its third year from Sept. 6-8, 2012 in downtown Raleigh, with 175 bands in 15 venues. The initial lineup, released today, runs the gamut from traditional indie favorites to punk to noise music to hip hop to noisy black metal and all stops in between, featuring performances from Built to Spill, sunn 0))), The Roots, The Jesus & Mary Chain (who played SXSW), Liars (who have a show coming up at Webster Hall), Baroness, Deerhoof, Death Grips (who play NYC soon and have new material on the way), Danny Brown (who was at Coachella and plays Prospect Park soon), Pallbearer (who play an exclusive East Coast Show soon), Screaming Females (who recently played NYC and are on tour now), Thee Oh Sees, The Spits (who just played NYC twice), Tenement, The Mountain Goats (two sets, one of which will be an all metal-covers set!) and so many more.
(and now we know the Jesus & Mary Chain are coming back soon)
Tickets are on sale. The full lineup and flyer (update: and a few more announced J&MC dates) are below...
Weapon at Rites of Darkness (more by BBG)
Weapon, who recently signed to Relapse, are currently working on their follow-up to The Devil's Tomb. No word when we can expect it, but we'll keep a look out. In the meantime, no word on follow-up material from either Marduk, 1349, or Withered. 1349 recently announced their inclusion in the upcoming Inferno Festival in Oslo (replacing Aborted).
All tour dates and the tour flyer are below.
Exhumed at Maryland Deathfest (more by BBG)
Exhumed's gore-obsessed and tongue-in-cheek death-grind makes a triumphant comeback on All Guts, No Glory, the band's first LP of new material in eight years. The LP, out now via Relapse Records, is streaming in full below. After a triumphant East Coast showing at Maryland Deathfest, Exhumed have resumed their road duties and are currently on their first leg of dates with Cephalic Carnage and Withered. The second leg of dates kicks off in the tail-end of October with Cephalic Carnage and Goatwhore, and will include the East Coast and November 9th at Europa. Tickets for the Brooklyn show are on sale.
All tour dates and the album stream is below.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Black Sabbath's seventh LP and one of their last with the original lineup was called Technical Ecstacy, a thought that echoed through my brain during Krallice's incredible set on Monday (5/2) at The Studio at Webster Hall. Brooklyn's technical black metal crew, supporting their new LP Diotima, decimated the Studio space at the final date of their East Coast tour with Withered who were touring around an appearance at New England Metal and Hardcore Fest in April.
Atlanta's Withered were similarly impressive on Monday night, though it was their slower, sludgier moments that were the most powerful; their icy precision blast-beats were always well executed and on cue, but the slower riffs were the most resonating on the system.
Ipsissimus opned the show, like they did the previous night in New Haven, CT. The band is preparing to release their Metal Blade debut later this year.
Krallice recently performed a mostly Orphan set at Union Pool in support of Brendan Majewski.
More pictures and some video from from The Studio (where Peelander-Z played 5 days later), below...
DOWNLOAD: Krallice - "The Clearing" (MP3)
Krallice at Knitting Factory (more by Greg Cristman)
Krallice are hitting the road with Atlanta black metal faves/BV SXSW alums Withered for a string of East Coast dates, and will tag NYC at The Studio at Webster Hall on May 2 with Ipsissimus (who played Union Pool last night with The Funeral Pyre/The Secret) & Cleric. Ticketing info is forthcoming. The show goes down less than two weeks after Krallice appear at the Brendan Majewski tribute happening at Union Pool on 4/20 with Mira Bilotte (of White Magic & Quix*o*tic), Dope Body and new addition Obits (who just played a BV SXSW day party). All bands on the bill have played with Brendan's band Orphan in the past, and both Krallice and Obits will be performing Orphan songs at the show. It's $10 to get in with all proceeds going to Brendan's family.
Krallice's new LP Diotima is due via Profound Lore on 4/26. Check out "The Clearing" above and the Diotima album art below, along with all tour dates and some video...
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "By Endurance We Conquer" (MP3)
Sleep at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (more)
Lists are very subjective. A "best of" list is always an amalgam of personal experiences - that fateful moment when you press "Play" for the first time, in addition to a grade of excellent songwriting. The records I've listed below had a profound impact on me this year, as did many of the shows that I attended and put on in the past twelve months. I'd like to thank all the artists who made this list as well as the ones who didn't, in addition to people like 1000 Knives, Osiris, Bill Dozer, Ian Dickson and venues like Union Pool, The Studio at Webster Hall, Acheron, Santos Party House and a slew of others for keeping heavy music alive in NYC. But mostly, thank YOU, the reader and the listener!
Alright, enough with the sappy bulshit, let's RAGE...
Withered at a BV day party @ Emo's (more by Samantha Marble)
Withered will release their new LP Dualitas via Prosthetic Records on 10/26, their first with guitarist Dylan Kilgore and second with the core rhythm section of Mike Longoria and Beau Brandon. Withered has always faced lineup changes, but with the core foundation of founder Mike Thompson, Longoria & Brandon, the band has seemingly hit their stride on their second LP together; a more focused approach on songcraft paired with their signature crushing blackened fury shows a band improving with each outing. Dualitas is their best yet. Dig on "The Progenitor's Grasp" available for dowload above, as well as "Extinguished With The Weary" which recently appeared on the free Scion/AdultSwim Comp. Pre-order Dualitas now.
While supporting Mayhem, and Marduk, and even at BV-SXSW with Torche, Withered has proven that they deserve to share the stage with these revered bands. Now the band is prepping for The Blackest of The Black tour, where the band will share a collossal bill of Danzig, Marduk, Toxic Holocaust, and Possessed. That will take them through a good portion of late October and into Novemeber when link up with the mighty Skeletonwitch and Landmine Marathon. Full tour sked (no NYC unfortunately) and some videos are below...
DOWNLOAD: Metal Swim Compilation (Zipped MP3s)
Zoroaster at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Markus Shaffer)
Adult Swim have posted an album of FREE downloadable tracks. The record, entitled Metal Swim features rare and unreleased tracks from some familiar names around these parts (Isis, Boris, Skeletonwitch, Ludicra, Zoroaster, Red Fang, etc) including new tracks from Withered's forthcoming LP Dualitas, Torche's Songs for Singles, AND Kylesa's Spiral Shadow among many many others. Download the album at the site or above, and dig on the tracklisting (and some video) below.
Chris Weingarten: Do you remember hearing Black Sabbath for the first time?That town Danzig refers to is of course Lodi, New Jersey which is 4-5 miles (according to Google Maps) from East Rutherford, NJ where the Izod Center is located. The Izod Center, originally called Brendan Byrne Arena and then Continental Airlines Arena, wasn't even built when "Black Sabbath" came out in 1970. It opened 11 years later (1981).
Glenn Danzig: Yes. I didn't even hear them before I bought the record. I was flipping through new releases at Sam Goody's and all of a sudden I see this record with a girl in the satanic robe and this dead electric forest and this BLACK SABBATH at the top and I just pulled it out and I said, "This has to be good!" It just had to. No one knew who the fuck they were at the time; it had just come out here in the States and -- as you'd say now, "buzz" -- but there was no "buzz" or talk or anything about them at all, and I brought it home, took a chance, and it was just insane. I played it over and over and called up some friends and was like, "You gotta hear this fucking record." Within like, I think, a month, everyone in my town was listening to it.
Chris Weingarten: Wow, how old were you?
Glenn Danzig: I don't know; I was young. I think this was the first band I went and saw. I was a little kid. I remember that me and my friend were at this show and we were the littlest kids there. It was oversold and the crowd was rocking back and forth so we just started punching and kicking people -- that's the kind of kids we were [laughs].
Ozzy Osbourne will play some Black Sabbath songs (I assume) at the Izod Center on December 3rd, 2010, and he'll headline Madison Square Garden in NYC two days earlier (December 1st). Both shows are part of a tour, that is not Ozzfest:
OZZY OSBOURNE will return to North America for a month-long arena tour launching November 12 in Victoria, B.C. and concluding December 12 in Minneapolis. These shows--in support of his album SCREAM (Epic Records) and latest single "Life Won't Wait"--are part the of the Rock Legend's in-progress 18-month world tour on which he's earning some of the best live reviews of his career (including raves for new guitarist, Gus G). HALFORD, featuring legendary Judas Priest front man, Rob Halford, will perform on all dates. The first leg of arena dates will mark OZZY's first headlining North American tour since 2007's trek for his Black Rain album. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour go on sale beginning Friday, September 17.And by "tickets", they mean general admission (regular old tickets), and "The "Ozzy Osbourne Meet & Greet Package" ("Meet & Greet and personal photograph with OZZY"), and even an "Ozzy Osbourne Possessed Party Package" ("VIP access to the exclusive pre-concert party hosted by MC Big Dave"). MC Big Dave?
Danzig meanwhile has also announced a tour, and this time it's not just him headlining shows that are being opened by his current and ex-bandmates' other projects. Instead it will be a new edition of his Ozzfest-like package tour called 'Blackest of the Black':
Glenn Danzig announced the highly anticipated return of his BLACKEST OF THE BLACK tour. In its latest reincarnation since 2008, the tour's lineup will feature Danzig, legendary Bay Area hell-thrashers Possessed and Swedish black metal pioneers Marduk, who are making a rare & long awaited U.S. touring appearance. Toxic Holocaust and Withered will be rounding out the five band bill. The 19-city tour kicks off on October 25th in Albuquerque, NM.To quote BBG when he heard the lineup of openers, "that is a fucking amazing tour."
In addition to Glenn, Danzig's band for Blackest of the Black will consist of Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry) on guitar, Steve Zing (Samhain) on bass and Bevan Davies (Danzig) on drums. Danzig is scheduled to perform at the free Red Bull Metallicross event at Pala Casino in Pala, CA on Oct. 23, on the eve of the Blackest of the Black kickoff.
"I'm excited about taking out both Possessed & Marduk as fans will get a chance to see these two bands who rarely tour the US," said Glenn. It should also be noted that Danzig hasn't played most of these markets in the past two years.
Unfortunately though, Danzig has played the NYC market more than once in the past year alone, so he will not return this time around, though there is a Buffalo show. Note also that Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative (Pete Steele RIP) is not playing drums on this tour (Bevan Davies is), and that tickets are on pre-sale NOW.
All dates for both tours below...
Nergal of Behemoth
Behemoth has cancelled all upcoming appearances, including the upcoming tour with Watain/Withered/Black Anvil. Details can be found in the (messily) translated statement below issued on the Polish portion of their official website...
Watain (photo by Steven Brown)
The Lawless States of Heretika Tour will envelope the nation in darkness, featuring Watain and headliner Behemoth along with Withered and Black Anvil. The tour will include a NYC stop at Irving Plaza on Dec 2nd. Tickets for that show go on AMEX presale at 10AM on Thursday (8/5), with general sale kicking off at 10AM the next day. All tour dates for the trek are below.
Before that campaign of destruction kicks off in November, Black Anvil will play Hostile City Deathfest in Philadelphia on August 27th - 29th. Featuring headlining sets from Incantation, Hate Eternal, and Exodus, the fest will also feature appearances from Origin, Enthroned, Destroyer 666, Pathology, and many others. Full details, including set times are below.
Speaking of Enthroned, Destroyer 666 and Black Anvil, their show with Pathology that was scheduled to take place at Europa in Brooklyn tonight, August 4th, has been postponed to August 31st. Estuary was also on the bill, but has to drop off the new date. Advanced tickets will be honored at what will be Enthroned's first NYC show in nine years.
We interviewed Erik from Watain earlier this year, shortly before the release of their new LP Lawless Darkness. Black Anvil have a record of their own on the way in Triumvirate, due via Relapse on 9/28. BV SXSW alums Withered are currently working on their new LP, the follow-up to the massive Folie Circulaire.
Full tour dates, Hostile City Deathfest details and some video below...
words & photos by BBG
Matt Pike of High on Fire @ the Mohawk
Want to make my life simple? Put two killer showcases in the same venue. Well, unfortunately it wasn't three showcases in the same venue (Relapse was going on over at Red 7 - pics coming soon). Following the big bang of the BrooklynVegan day party at Emo's, I hightailed it over to the Mohawk on 3/17 (right next door to our quieter official BrooklynVegan showcase going on at Club DeVille...) (editor's note: ...that was often drowned out by the metal sounds blaring over the wall while bands like the The Middle East were playing soft sets...) for a double bill of mayhem with the Action PR Showcase on the outdoor stage and the Prosthetic Records showcase on the indoor. The night at the Mohawk show was marked by competing headlining sets: the great Landmine Marathon (who played the BV day party that day) and none other than High On Fire (one of their only appearances at the fest).
Also along for the ride were such notable greats as The Gates of Slumber, Withered (who also played Emo's), Zoroaster, Naam, Priestess, The Funeral Pyre, and many others. Not a single bad apple in the bunch. Of those, I had never seen The Funeral Pyre or Clinging To The Trees of A Forest Fire - both were impressive. TFP did blackened death with such intensity, it was hard to not be compelled to head nod. Clinging did abstract and atonal grindcore in the best way.
Although I missed Landmine Marathon (who would probably be in the running), best performance of the night goes to High On Fire who blazed through new material and old including the epic "Baghdad" (!) from their debut The Art of Self Defense. As their set progressed, it seemed that the band got looser on their instruments, and as a result, much tighter and more cohesive.
In related news, High On Fire recently dropped the new video for "Frost Hammer". View it, as well as other vids and some pics from the epic show, below...
"Emo's Jr. is way too tiny to handle [Torche and] their enormous sludge, enormous hooks, enormous energy, enormous crowd." - Rolling Stone.com
Landmine Marathon (by Tim Griffin)
While Fucked Up and six other bands were causing a ruckus on the bigger stage at Emo's (3/17), the BrooklynVegan day party began early and STRONG with a hot blast of Kill The Client at noon on the indoor stage. The newly Relapse-d and semi-local (partial Austin/Dallas) grinding four piece was a metallic triple-espresso to kick start the day.
Trophy for busiest metal band goes to The Atlas Moth, who booked a whopping seven shows in Austin during SxSW. Their trek began with Emo's and a killer set from their new album A Glorified Piece Of New Sky. Jovial singer Steve was all smiles at the show, and the band's epic sound echoed throughout Emo's.
Philadelphia's Javelina followed The Atlas Moth with their positively pummeling sludge filth, keeping momentum going. Bands like Buzzoven, Eyehategod, and others come to mind when listening to this quartet, but their driving sound is decidedly more punk rock in it's gallop but just as "fuck you" in it's 'tude. A big thank you goes out to the band, who also went on to fill in for the broken Nebula at Red 7 on Saturday (3/20). They rule, and can't wait to see them again on Wednesday (3/25) at Cake Shop with Howl, Sea of Bones, and Flourishing.
Though the band spent a good hour circling Emo's, Dark Castle did manage to squeak into the venue and be only a touch late for their designated set time. Again the Florida duo impressed. Dark Castle's sound is positively mammoth, and through the large PA at Emo's they sounded bigger than ever.
Salome was similarly massive, and I felt fortunate to have the band booked for their only unofficial appearance at SXSW. With the band having issues unloading gear due to street closures and general parking malaise, it seemed like vehicular frustration bred more stage-side fury. The trio's sludge doom caused numerous screams of joy and lots of recitations of the word "amazing". Agreed, and I truly believe that Salome was one of the best bands at SXSW this year.
Grace Perry may have been given the dubious ranking of one of the "hottest chicks in metal" according to Revolver (even though I agree), but don't think that Landmine Marathon's success is attributable to anything but hard touring. This band's strength is in the live show, which was firing on all cylinders at Emo's and leading to circle pits, including one with Perry on vocals! Video of that is below.
Withered's icy blasts were the antithesis of Torche's pop bliss, but the band were as sinister and powerful. I caught them again at Mohawk later that night (pics coming). I was honestly worried about Withered and Dark Castle's lighting rigs, and their ability to translate on stage during the day time, but I forgot about the most important part of those bands: both have intense and kinetic live shows, whether with or without a fancy stage setup.
Torche closed out the room with an assist from a fill-in drummer in the absence of Rick Smith (who broke his hand while touring with his side project Shitstorm). Although Smith's theatrics were missed (you rarely ever see anyone standing and jumping down TOWARD the kit, save for Rob Shaffer of Dark Castle and a few others), the band played a well-executed set of bubblegum pop which contained one song from their upcoming split with Boris, and a ton of thundering but sugary classics. The band closed with my favorite Torche track ever, the sickeningly heavy "Tarpit Carnivore" from their killer In Return EP.
More pics and some videos from the show are below...
As previously mentioned, we've lost our minds and are doing seven shows in Austin during SXSW this year. The first of those parties kicks off at Emo's at noon on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 (doors @ 11:30am) on two 100% FREE stages:
Outside/Main StageWe previously announced the entire metal stage for this Wednesday day party, but Dallas's Kill The Client is an even newer addition. They start the inside stage of off right, right at noon (as you can see above).
12:45 The Rural Alberta Advantage
01:30 The Morning Benders
03:00 Titus Andronicus
03:45 The Black Angels
05:15 Fucked Up
DJs: Finger on the Pulse
FREE DRINKS COURTESY OF: Magic Hat & Firefly Vodka & Vitamin Water (while supplies last)
FREE VEGAN BREAKFAST TACOS COURTESY OF: Mr. Natural
(starting @ noon. while supplies last)
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Daily Juice (catering from 2-5)
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Raw Revolution Bars
MORE FREE FOOD COURTESY OF: Hail Merry
Thanks Zach Jaeger for the sweet flyer.
The Morning Benders, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Austin's own YellowFever, AND GZA are all being announced for the first time in this post. Those following along already knew about Fucked Up, The Black Angels, Titus Andronicus, and Japandroids.
It should be a wild first day in Austin and needless to say, we're very excited for this one. And did we mention this was all free? No RSVP. No Badges. Just stop by. Get there early if you want a free vegan breakfast taco. Stay around if you want even more catering by Daily Juice. Drink for free from our 10 kegs of Magic Hat beer and the many bottles of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka that we'll be pouring. Then after the show, if you're still hungry (and standing), get dinner quickly and head over to the official BrooklynVegan SXSW showcase at Club DeVille right down the block (Dawes go on at 8, Serena Maneesh finish things off at 1am). Then get some rest because you've got 19 more bands to catch on Thursday afternoon at Spider House.
And for those in NYC, don't forget that we're also hosting a free Morning Benders show, TONIGHT (3/8).
GZA's "Liquid Swords" video below...
Withered with Mayhem at Irving (more by Paul Birman)
Enough of the onesy-twosy crap! We've already let it slip that the BrooklynVegan Day Party at Emo's on 3/17 will feature some heavy hitters like Torche, Fucked Up, The Atlas Moth, Dark Castle, and Salome. But now we are proud to announce more details! Kicking off at noon, the first (of a few) free BV Day Parties will be held across the two stages at Emo's (not the Annex). The "outdoor stage" will feature a headlining set from the hardcore hooligans in Fucked Up with a jawdropping lineup to fill out the rest of the bill (including Titus Andronicus, The Black Angels and Japandroids). The "indoor stage" will be where the darkness happens, and will feature the following lineup:
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ Emo's Indoor Stage - daytime lineup::For those keeping track at home, that's an addition of ATL black metal overlords Withered and the blistering Arizona death destruction of Landmine Marathon (who have a new album coming and are playing Scion Rock Fest). It's gonna be a seriously great show.
The Atlas Moth
Landmine Marathon and The Atlas Moth will also play our show at Hoeks Death Metal Pizza the next day (3/18) with Zoroaster, Coffinworm, Kill the Client and others (flyer reposted below).
We will announce a third heavy music leaning show at Red 7 on 3/20 in the coming days Stay tuned for that along with more information on our seven shows in Austin this year, and don't forget to follow @bvSXSW on Twitter for lots more SXSW coverage!
SXSWeek 2010: March 12-21The intial lineup of bands playing the music portion, below...
Interactive: March 12-16
Film: March 12-20
Music: March 17-21
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Chris La Putt
Mortuus of Marduk is angry. You won't like him when he's angry.
Three beers and as many bands into the blackened bonanza at Gramercy, nature was calling. I scooted downstairs to a mostly empty bathroom where every stall was open but all of the sinks were occupied. Standing at the sinks were four men applying a base coat of white to their face, adding black around their eyes and upside-down crosses to their cheeks.
Mental note: corpse paint and beige khaki shorts is not a good look.
Gramercy's doors swung open for me a little bit before 9:30, missing Black Anvil & Tombs (who by all accounts, destroyed... me = not surprised) but just in time to catch Withered for the umpteenth time in a year. Vocalist/guitarist Dylan Kilgore was absent for the second time in recent months (similar to the tail end of Mayhem fest), but their new guitar player was a suitable replacement. In fact, the road has been good to Withered; every single NYC performance is better than the last, with Saturday's performance topping them all. It is debatable, yet entirely possible, that Withered were as or more powerful than the mighty Marduk.
Besides some of the more familiar landmarks in their setlist (from their two LPs Folie Circulaire and Memento Mori), Witheredalso revealed "From Shadows", a new song which, according to members of the band, will be recorded in the coming months for a new LP(!). The track retains all of the Withered signatures of subtle melody, blasting power, and unplanned left turns. Get psyched.
To chants of "Panzer Division Marduk", the Swedish black metallers took the stage clad in all black (doy), 14 hole combat boots, and the requisite corpse paint. The band was gloriously powerful, and I couldn't help but wonder about how the band would have fared on Blackened Fest. Would opening for the extremely theatrical Mayhem diminish their impact or would Cephalic Carnage's relatively clinical approach made them seem all the more punishing? Either way, dem boys were good. The sound was well balanced for Marduk from multiple points of view (as it was for Withered), with my single complaint being there wasn't enough guitar in the mix (which is probably is due to the fact that the band had one guitarist).
Before the set, multiple backstage sources were spreading the word that the band had gallons of cow blood prepped for use during their set. Gallons, I cannot verify, but vocalist Mortuus (also known for his work in Funeral Mist) did pause for a moment mid-set to "drink" a chalice filled with cow blood, most (all?) of which ended up on his chin and chest. Yummy. It was highly theatrical and down right hilarious/awesome. To quote Bon Scott: "If you want blood, you got it!"
Marduk has said in the recent past that these three dates are just a taste before they embark on a full-on US tour in the winter. Let's hope that NYC gets another date... just don't count on me to get made-up for it.
More pictures below....
by Black Bubblegum
Withered @ Blackenedfest (more by Paul Birman)
Now that the debacle that was Blackened Fest is behind us, rest comfortably in knowing that Marduk has arrived in the US, ready to play three shows including one in Baltimore (home of Maryland Death Fest, one of their original destinations) TONIGHT (8/12) with Withered and Black Anvil. The band will land in NYC on 8/15 at Gramercy to be joined by Tombs (tickets are still available, and for $5).
Meanwhile, if you have Friday (8/14) available and feel like making a weekend of it, the band will be at the one and only Duff's in Brooklyn for a "special signing session". Details are on the below flyer.
The Marduk dates are supposedly just the tip of the iceberg, as the band preps for the impending release of their new album Wormwood:
"We are excited to finally be over in the states and do these shows after all the problems with the visas. The three shows in August are just the start. We are preparing for a full tour in the winter that will cover all the areas we missed on Blackenedfest. Please join us as we raise the Banner Of The Wolf!"Full tour dates, Duff's flyer and some videos are below. Tombs was recently added to the super-terrific Planet Caravan festival in North Carolina featuring Pentagram, Clutch, YOB, Kylesa, Burst, Orange Goblin, Sourvein, The Gates of Slumber, and so many others. Tickets for that event on 9/18 and 9/19 are available here.
- [Marduk guitarist Morgan Håkansson]
by Black Bubblegum
Irving Plaza last month (more by Paul Birman)
Call it mini-Blackenedfest if you will. Marduk, after never making it to the actual Blackenedfest to do visa issues, have scheduled three US tour dates with Withered (another Blackenedfest participant) and the now-Relapse-signed Black Anvil. The NYC show will take place at the Gramercy Theater on 8/15 with Tombs also on the bill. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on 6/23 here. All tour dates below.
Black Anvil also have an additional FOUR shows scheduled for NYC including July 11 @ Rockstar Bar with Dimentianon, July 20 at Europa with Eyes of Noctum, August 15th at Aladdin's Garden, and August 17th @ Lit Lounge with Lightning Swords Of Death. The shows lead up to Relapse's reissue last year's Time Insults The Mind LP (due Sept 1st). Black Anvil is currently writing material for a follow-up LP. All dates below.
The Blackenedfest, which played Irving Plaza in May, concluded last week with only Mayhem left on the bill.
Tombs recently played Irving Plaza as well, but with Isis and Pelican.
All dates below...
by Black Bubblegum
Mayhem at Irving Plaza (more by Paul Birman)
With the end clearly in sight, the Mayhem tour has withered (pun!) away into a solo tour with the defection of Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, and Withered from the ranks. Marduk has been AWOL since the start. Our colleague Justina Villanova reports for Metal Injection:
It was a brutal (not in a good way) end to the tour. For the most part, no one got to say goodbye to anyone. It was abrupt and unexpected (that's what she said). Most of all, it painted the final picture of the kind of people Mayhem are.Yikes. Her side of the story continues here. All affected tour dates are below...
photos by Paul Birman, words by Black Bubblegum
In their first NYC show in eight years, and first since the return of legendary vokillist Attilla Csihar, Mayhem played Irving Plaza last night (5/21) as part of The Blackened Fest with Cephalic Carnage, Withered, and Lair of The Minotaur. When I arrived, I was greeted by quite a few disappointed faces due to an announcement that Marduk would not be performing. Word is that there was an issue with their flights, and that their appearance at Maryland Death Fest tonight is in jeopardy as well. Hopefully Baltimore will have more luck than we did.
Missing Lair Of The Minotaur completely, Withered were setting up when I arrived at the venue. The Atlanta foursome's Weakling-inspired take on Black Metal pleased the sea of Mayhem and (sadly) Marduk tee-shirt wearers. I am not one to encourage/mix it up in the pit (anymore), but it was good to see a considerable amount of movement for the upstart band.
Cephalic Carnage's weed-tech-grind followed, along with dedications to cheetos, masturbation, and glass pipes (that they also sold at the merch table!), and props like a horse mask. It was well-executed and entertaining, but somewhat of a mild comedown following the energetic and pummeling assault of Withered.
Finally, the night belonged to the black metal pioneers. Mayhem took the stage a little before 10:30, playing a set that lasted until before midnight, when they retired sans encore. The core duo of Hellhammer and Necrobutcher with live members Morfeus and Silmaeth banged out rapid-fire blasts of black metal fury, spanning their entire discography.
For all of their impressive technical prowess and energy (lots), the highlight of their live set is the infinitely watchable Attila Csihar. Attila's formidable on-stage presence can only be described as dictatorial; he towers over his bandmates, gives the thumbs down as if he is deciding the fate of a man's life, punctuates lyrics with a clenched fist, and barks at his devoted minions with his thick Hungarian accent. In between a pair of impaled "heads", Attila sang from behind a "tree stump" podium which doubled as an area to hide both effects triggers and various gross-out props. Attila made sure to fondle and rub his face against those heads and an IV cart with dangling arm for further nauseating effect. Kitschy? a little. Fun/ny? Definitely.
Besides being visually arresting, Attila is one of the most versatile vocalists in all of heavy music. Barks, pitch perfect viking vocals, Celtic Frost grunts, screams that last longer than it seemed humanly possible, and what I like to call "squeaking elf"... a low end screech that was part Gollum and part creaking door, were all present and impressive.
by Black Bubblegum
Attila, all dressed up and ready to destroy! (Photo by Perole)
Mayhem has arrived, both literally and figuratively. After a failed tour attempt in 2007, the legendary Norwegian Black Metal band will concurrently celebrate their 25th anniversary and kick off their first EVER US tour TONIGHT (5/21) at Irving Plaza! Tickets are still available at the door. All dates below...
Joining Attila, Necrobutcher, and Hellhammer (not their real names), are corpsepainted Swedes Marduk, hazy deathgrinders Cephalic Carnage, sickos Lair Of The Minotaur, and blackened doom favorites Withered!
You won't see any pictures on BrooklynVegan by Justina Villanueva for the next month. That's because she is hitting the road with this historic Blackened Fest, documenting her, and Mayhem's, travels along the way. Her first shot comes from a practice session that Mayhem had in the five boroughs... Dig on drummer Hellhammer's kit, and all tour dates, below...
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Iron Age - "The Way Is Narrow" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Mind Eraser - "Teenagers" (MP3, Meat Puppets cover)
DOWNLOAD: Altar of Plagues - "Gas In Veins/Amesoeurs" (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Amesouers - "Earth" (MP3 Excerpt)
DOWNLOAD: Old Wainds - "Cold Twilight of the Worlds" (MP3)
Brooklyn's own Hull will release Sole Lord via The End Records on May 26th. Spanning ten tracks over 44 minutes, and boasting art work by Josh Graham, look for the the band to kill it TONIGHT (4/16) at Union Pool when they open for the mighty Withered joined by Book of Black Earth and Hallux.
Withered's OTHER touring partners, Marduk, will enter Endarker studios in early May to record the follow-up to Rom 5:12, or their eleventh studio album. Look for it to drop in September, followed by the Funeral Nation World Tour 2009 and into 2010. Marduk will be at Irving Plaza on May 21 with Withered and Mayhem. Tickets are still available.
It a stroke of awesome luck, KARMA TO f'n BURN will be in NYC next monday (4/20) at Lit Lounge along with the mighty Tiger Flowers. Clear your schedules.
Landmine Marathon who I to NYC tommorrow (4/17) to slay The Charleston, are currently taking a break from writing their new album for Prosthetic. No word on when that record will show its ugly face, but in the mean time, make sure to... get. Your ass. To. The. Charleston!
Ringworm are currently writing their new album, The Ninth Circle, hoping to hit the studio this summer for a fall release on Victory Records. Ringworm dropped The Venomous Grand Design on Victory in 2007.
Saint Vitus LIVE (more by Firebaugh)
Over the past weekend (April 11), Saint Vitus played a single US date in New Orleans, where they were joined on stage by Pepper Keenan (Down, COC), Jimmy Bower (Down, Eyehategod), and Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down). Luckily there was a camera in attendance, and you can watch the entire show here. Saint Vitus will headline at Roadburn this weekend. Me jealous.
Municipal Waste have announced completion of Massive Aggressive, their new album recorded with Zeuss. Look for it August 24th on Earache. Meanwhile, you can face the Waste at Roseland with Lamb Of God, Children Of Bodom, and As I Lay Dying. Tickets are still available.
Victims have added Raging Speedhorn guitarist Gareth Smith, and will drop a new 7" entitled Lies Lies Lies on Deathwish. Meanwhile, make sure to catch the Swedish crew on tour with Trap Them and Black Breath!
The previously announced Buried Inside date as part of Show No Mercy (5/3), will serve as one date on a four stop New York state tour. Show No Mercy at Public Assembly is scheduled for 5/3 with headliners A Life Once Lost, Rosetta, and repeat offenders Wetnurse.
Week In Metal continued below...
"How about this fuckin' lineup man? Whoever put this thing together, I'd like to shake their hand" - CT of Rwake
Boris (Steven Brown)
I'd like to think it was the jawdropping lineup decreed by the gods upon Mt Scion that brought people out in droves to The Masquerade in Atlanta on February 28th, but I would imagine that some of it was also due to "free show" factor. Either way, there is something ridiculawesome about bands as great as Harvey Milk, Wolves In The Throne Room, and Coalesce having to turn people away due to reaching capacity. That is my idea of sweet metal justice... some of my current favorite bands in front of the audiences they deserve.
The Masquerade is a 2+ level club. The biggest stage, dubbed "Heaven", is located on the second floor and houses somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 people. Two adjacent clubs on the main level, "Hell" & "Purgatory", house considerably less: "Hell" is primarily a dance floor, so there were some obstructed sightlines. "Purgatory" had multiple tiers, no elevated stage and very little room in front of the band. Behind the venue in a grassy area which was muddy due to the prior night's rain, a 4,000 person capacity tent was constructed for the main stage.