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Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Twilight Singers

On Sunday 27th May 2012 Alexandra Palace will host the first show in 13 years from Cincinnati's rock legends THE AFGHAN WHIGS. Formed in 1986, the bands career from then until 2001 saw them release six acclaimed albums highlighted by the classic Gentlemen LP in 1993. Fusing classic rock with grunge-era distortion and a heavy soul influence, Afghan Whigs were one of the most renowned live bands of their time and this long awaited reformation will no doubt be a very special event.

ATP are also pleased to confirm their return to Asbury Park, New Jersey USA where they will follow last year's debut in that city with a 2012 I'll Be Your Mirror event, the Saturday night of which will be headlined by The Afghan Whigs and curated by the Whigs' frontman Greg Dulli.

The second year of ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park will take place September 21st-23rd...

ATP

As you can see in the poster, tickets will go on sale in January. More of the lineup will also be announced at that time.

All Tomorrow's Parties' I'll Be Your Mirror UK, which just lost Guided By Voices, will host The Afghan Whigs and has moved further into the "unreal" category with additions of Wolves In The Throne Room, Yob, Dirty Three, Floor, Chavez, Balam Acab, The Oh Sees, Yuck, Archers of Loaf, Demdike Stare, and Siskiyou to appearances from Sleep, Melvins, Mogwai, Codeine and Mudhoney.

Full ATP I'll Be Your Mirror UK lineup is below.

Continue reading "Afghan Whigs reuniting, ATP returning to Asbury Park in 2012"

by BBG

Seven Sisters of Sleep at A389 2011 (more by BBG)
Seven Sisters of Sleep

Seven Sisters of Sleep (mems Tafkata) are two for two with releases in 2011, dropping both their excellent debut and their similarly crushing split with Children of God this year. Get both at A389. Though no full East Coast trek has been planned, Seven Sisters of Sleep will join the great All Pigs Must Die, labelmates Low Places, and NYC's Grudges for an NYC date at Acheron on 1/20, just a few days after the always awesome A389 Anniversary show at Sonar in Baltimore with Eyehategod, Gehenna, and many others.

All Pigs Must Die was recently given an "honorable mention" in Pitchfork's top metal of 2011 list (though no shout out for Seven Sisters of Sleep). Check out the full list, along with some streaming APMD material and a few videos below...

Continue reading "Pitchfork lists the best metal of 2011, All Pigs Must Die & Seven Sisters of Sleep schedule a Brooklyn show"

by BBG

Kuxan Suum at Acheron (more by BBG)
Kuxan Suum

Though previously listed with the same lineup as the show they just played at Acheron, this Friday's 9pm Black Twilight Circle show at The Charleston will feature an almost entirely different lineup with Raspberry Bulbs, Volahn, Arizmenda, Shataan, and The Haunting Presence. Black Twilight Circle also visit WFMU that day (10/7).

The show is also one of two upcoming shows for Raspberry Bulbs who will also join Villains, Occultation and Skull at Saint Vitus on 10/18 (tickets).

Speaking of black metal, the.... New Yorker wrote a piece:

The fertile and fractious U.S. scene in the genre known as black metal can be understood through a familiar moment in rock history. In the sixties, British bands like Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones mined American blues, first copying their heroes and then creating something vivid and novel. In the nineties, a range of American acts began drawing from the work of Norwegian metal bands that were famous mostly for a look and for several unpleasant events. The Norwegians were largely faithful to the "corpse paint" costume, in which the face is covered in white makeup, with black circles drawn around the eye sockets. Upside-down-cross pendants and spiked bracelets were common accessories. The tabloid-worthy events centered on a musician named Varg Vikernes, of the one-man band Burzum, who encouraged and participated in the burning of churches. In 1993, while playing bass in a band called Mayhem, he murdered the guitarist, a man known as Euronymous.
Until recently, it was a legacy that the genre couldn't shake. But now American bands such as Liturgy, Krallice, Absu, Leviathan, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Inquisition have left a fair amount of the pageantry behind--not to mention the violence--and helped to create a community, as well as a musical moment that is rife with activity...
The article goes on to talk about Wolves In the Throne Room's recent show at The Bell House.

Wolves in the Throne Room, who premiered a track at NPR, have also since received 'Best New Music' from Pitchfork.

Speaking of Liturgy, The Quietus recently interviewed Aaron Weaver of Wolves in the Throne Room . They discussed, among other things, Liturgy and its place amongst the "black metal elite": Aaron Weaver says:

"Wolves in the Throne Room has absolutely received the same kind of criticism, because over the years I've said the exact same thing [as Hunter regarding black metal's ability to be positive and optimistic]. That's something that I believe very strongly. I think that maybe the difference is that I've always said that we don't play black metal. I refer to Wolves in the Throne Room as a black metal band just sort of out of convenience. But I've also been really clear over the years that I do think that true black metal, which is a worthwhile and very powerful thing, does need to be negative. It does need to be rooted in the darkest aspects of the human experience - bitterness, negativity, hatred, violence, tribal warfare, mass murder, these sort of things lurk in the human experience, and it's always been there. And true black metal channels that incredibly destructive and insane and violent energy."
Read the whole thing HERE.

Liturgy's tour with Boris hits Irving Plaza later this month.

photos by Suren Karapetyan, words by BBG

Mutilation Rites @ DbA, WITTR backdrop on the wall
Mutilation Rites

"The most exciting music in American black metal today is being made by a collective of musicians who call themselves the Black Twilight Circle, and who combine for a dizzying array of line-ups under names like Arizmenda, Axeman, Kuxan Suum, the Haunting Presence, and Dolorvotre. Based in Los Angeles, the collective takes its inspiration from pre-hispanic cultures and, in solidarity with the Mexica movement, they reject terms like "latino" and "native American," and instead call themselves "Nican Tlaca," a Nahuatl phrase often translated to "we the people here," meant to refer to the indigenous population of the Western Hemisphere.

Black Twilight Circle's bloodthirsty music praises ritual sacrifice and the shamanistic exaltation of mind-altering drugs. The collective's vision of black metal combines traditional sounds and outré experiments, with Blue Hummingbird on the Left adding flutes and war drums to their instrumentation; others, like Arizmenda, churning out muscular, twisting 13-minute epics; and groups like Axeman hewing percussive BM anthems inflected with traces of '80s punk like GISM and Amebix. An intensely secretive group, the Circle's music appears in very limited editions, often on cassette; they favor off-the-beaten-path live performances..." [The Phoenix]

Mysterious black metal crew The Black Twilight Circle will head to the East Coast for a rare set of dates that will (if everything works out) include THREE NYC stops. As you can see in the list of dates below, two are still "TBA", but one is 10/3 at Acheron. The Black Twilight Circle member bands on the Brooklyn bill are Kallathon, Dolorvotre, Kuxan Suum, and Shataan. Mutilation Rites also play that show. Stay tuned for more info on the other dates.

The BTC, which is primarily based on the West Coast, recently played a showcase at Chaos in Tejas. Click the link for pics and more about that.

Mutliation Rites played Death By Audio on Wednesday 9/14 as part of a pair of NYC dates for Wolves in The Throne Room & Thou. Pictures from the show are in this post (pictures from The Bell House are HERE). Thou returns in early October.

In related news, Wolves In The Throne Room spent Saturday night (9/17) at Strange Matter in Richmond, with support from Megaton Leviathan (who re-released their demo) and Richmond favorites Bastard Sapling. Richmond show-goers might have noticed that Bastard Sapling had a new item on their merch table, Dragged from our Restless Trance, a new collection of tunes on cassette. Check out "Cold Winds Howled Across The Desolation" from said cassette below, and look for copies of it at Forcefield Records.

That song stream, more pictures from Death By Audio, and the Black Twilight Circle dates are all below.

Continue reading "black metal crew Black Twilight Circle coming east (dates), WITTR & Thou & Mutilation Rites played Death By Audio (pics)"

by BBG

Megaton Leviathan
Megaton Leviathan

A band like Megaton Leviathan should have balls of steel if they're going to name themselves as "heavier" than the established Jef Whitehead band of the same name. But that comparison is "apples and oranges"; MT have nothing to do with black metal, save for borrowing some of its eerie, depressive, and sometimes psychedelic tendencies on their newly reissued demo out now on limited-to-500 vinyl via Volatile Rock Records. The Portland pair instead explore the darkest reaches of doom, using reverb-heavy riffs and drone-y darkness on tracks like the appropriately named "Guns & LSD", streaming below.

Megaton Leviathan have no NYC date in stores so far, but have arrived on the East Coast just in time for them to hop on the Wolves in The Throne Room tour TONIGHT (9/15) in Philadelphia with Vit (Thou's last date with WiTTR was last night at DBA, pics forthcoming). All tour dates and that song stream is below.

Continue reading "Megaton Leviathan now on tour w/ Wolves in the Throne Room (listen to a song)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG

Thou @ The Bell House
Thou

As discussed, Wolves In The Throne Room played their first of two NYC dates with Thou on Monday night (9/12) at The Bell House. Pictures and video from the show are in this post, and the pair do it again TONIGHT (9/14) at Death By Audio with Mutilation Rites. Advance tickets are sold out, but additional tickets will be available at the door.

Krallice supported at The Bell House, and the band will play one of their final dates of the year at Union Pool on Saturday (9/17), when they join Urfaust/Black Anvil as part of a trio of dates.

URFAUST & BLACK ANVIL - 2011 TOUR DATES
9/16 @ Golden West in Baltimore w/ Krallice & Oak (!)
9/17 @ Union Pool in Brooklyn w/ Krallice & Ruin Lust
9/18 @ Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia w/ Endless Humiliation
Did anyone catch Endless Humiliation with Raspberry Bulbs at Lit on 9/12?

The Urfaust show is one of two BrooklynVegan presented heavy shows taking place this weekend, with 40 Watt Sun hitting Public Assembly on 9/16 with the recently added Woe. In related news, 40 Watt Sun was added to Roadburn Fest 2012 with Agalloch and Sólstafir. The bands join the already confirmed appearances from d.USK (aka diSEMBOWELMENT), Voivod, Sleep, Saviours and Om.

More pictures and video from The Bell House below...

Continue reading "Wolves in the Throne Room, Thou & Krallice @ The Bell House (pics)"

by BBG

WiTTR last night @ the Bell House (photo by Greg Cristman)
Wolves In The Throne Room at Bell House

Wolves in The Throne Room played to a packed (sold-out?) Bell House last night with the utterly devastating Thou and similarly impressive Krallice. WITTR and Thou do it again at Death By Audio tomorrow (9/14) with Mutilation Rites.Wolves In The Throne Room, who has welcomed their new LP Celestial Lineage, is reportedly bringing their own PA rig to add to Death By Audio's system. Wow. Tickets go on sale at 11PM TONIGHT (they were on sale briefly at 11am yesterday but taken off sale).

Not only is Death By Audio their last NYC show on this tour, sources say that their current trek may be WITTR's last US tour ever... Confirmation on that is still forthcoming, but stay tuned. Check out some video from last night at The Bell House below...

Continue reading "Wolves in the Throne Room, Thou & Krallice played The Bell House (videos), DBA tix on sale tonight"

by BBG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by BBG

WITTR at NYU (more by Meghan McInnis)
Wolves In The Throne Room

As I said in July, "Thou's appearance at The Bell House comes as a bit of a surprise, considering the band's staunch stance at playing only all ages establishments." At the time Wolves in The Throne Room and Thou's only NYC show was scheduled to take place on 9/12 at the 21+ The Bell House. Well, now comes word that the pair have added a second show happening on 9/14 at the always all-ages Death By Audio!

No advance tickets for Death By Audio, but tickets for The Bell House are still on sale. Updated WITTR dates are below.

Continue reading "WITTR & Thou add all-ages 2nd NYC show (updated dates)"

by BBG

Wolves In The Throne Room

Wolves in The Throne Room and Thou will team up for a show at The Bell House on September 12th as part of a larger tour for WITTR which will include a few dates with Thou. Tickets for the 21+ Blackened Music Series Brooklyn event are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Wolves In The Throne Room are welcoming their new LP Celestial Lineage on the following day (9/13) via Southern Lord. The new LP will feature an appearance from Jessika Kenney and her choir (which blessed Two Hunters and Malevolent Grain EP) as well as Aaron Turner (Isis, Mamiffer). Check out all of the album art (by Aaron Turner) below.

Thou's appearance at The Bell House comes as a bit of a surprise, considering the band's staunch stance at playing only all ages establishments. Nevertheless, the band is confirmed and will most likely visit material from their The Archer & the Owle 12" EP. As discussed, you can stream that in its entirety via Metalsucks, and check out the new Barghest LP which may/not have members of Thou.

WITTR Album Art and all dates are below.

Continue reading "Wolves in the Throne Room releasing new LP, schedules dates with Thou (Bell House included)"

by BBG

John Cobbett, always METAL.
John Cobbett

Ludicra's current tour (which impacts NYC on 4/18 at Europa with Krallice, Castevet, and Atakke - tix) is dubbed the Decancellation Tour in honor of their desire to soldier on post Mayhem's cancellation. And even though adversity has again reared it's ugly head, Ludicra is soldiering on...

As the tour began, the second day in the tour, guitarist John Cobbett (also the mastermind in HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE of course) felt a pain in his stomach/abdominal area and it was revealed he had appendicitis and that his appendix had burst, along with having an abscess growing inside his body which, in a weird twist of fate, actually helped him. Prior to the tour, before the Pentagram show in SF which LUDICRA recently played, Cobbett felt the symptoms of such a sickness and went to get checked out. Even though he went to get checked out though, the ever reliable and helpful (sarcasm) doctors at San Francisco General Hospital simply dismissed it and told Cobbett there was nothing wrong with him.

So in Olympia WA, Cobbett had to be rushed to the emergency room to be tendered to. He is currently still in the hospital in Olympia and is awaiting word on the doctors of when he can re-join his band mates and is recovering really quickly. - Ludicra

The band's message continued below...

Continue reading "John Cobbett is in the hospital, but the Ludicra tour goes on (and Hammers of Misfortune sign to Metal Blade)"

words by Ilya Blokh, photos by Meghan McInnis

Shrinebuilder

If the biblical Salome got John the Baptist's head for her seductive performance, then Salome the band deserve all of our heads on sticks. This Virginia trio opened Thursday's epic show at NYU (3/11) with a crushing set of stripped-down, primal doom. No hiding behind post-metal noodling or stoner fuzziness here - just massive down-tuned riffs, earth shattering drums and ungodly vocals bellowed from deep below. They know how to build tension and are at their best when they take a mid-tempo riff down to a snail's pace, then slow it down some more. My favorite performance of the night.

Wolves in the Throne Room don't revel in corpse-paint and goats' heads; their focus is squarely on the music, hence their request for the house-lights to be dimmed and that photographers refrain from using flash. Despite brief sound issues, WITTR played a powerful and haunting set of their majestic, trance-inducing "shamanic black metal". There were a few kids moshing in all the wrong places (the band suggested they take a break), but the majority of the crowd looked appropriately transfixed.

Despite the storied past of each individual member, Shrinebuilder are not exactly pushing any boundaries; instead, they've settled into familiar stoner rock territory and are comfortably - effortlessly - retreading old ground and turning up stones in search of forgotten riffs. It was epic watching these guys jam together; with nothing left to prove, their bombastic, bluesy sound is more soothing than intense. Really, the polar opposite of the two preceding bands, who are still carving out new niches for themselves.

Props to the organizers of the show for pulling together these bands and keeping security hassles to a minimum (despite the messy ticket situation). Salome are on a brief tour that takes them through SXSW (to the BrooklynVegan Day Party on 3/17 and the BV-sponsored Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin Showcase on 3/19) and around the South, Shrinebuilder played the Scion Rock Fest right after NYC (pics are on the way), then take a month off before heading to Europe. WITTR are doing a brief West Coast tour with Earth in April, then heading off to Europe (and Roadburn!) as well.

Full tour dates and more pictures from the show, below...

Continue reading "Shrinebuilder played NYU w/ Wolves in the Throne Room & Salome (pics) - pics & more tour dates"

intro by BBG, interview by Kogaionon, English translation of that interview & the rest of the story by Stefan Raduta

Dordeduh with guest percussionist Thelemnar
Dordeduh

Stefan Raduta is no stranger to the darkness. As a writer with Metal Maniacs, Imhotep, and many other outlets, the Romanian born scribe has profiled and reviewed some of the biggest and most influential names in the blackened depths of extreme music. In the following piece Stefan examines black metal and its current move toward transcendentalism and then focuses on his Romanian countrymen, black metal band Negura Bunget, and their fracture into Dordeduh. He concludes with an interview with Dordeduh (ex-NB) member Hupogrammos. The interview was originally conducted by another writer in his native tongue and translated for us by Stefan. Check it all out below...

Continue reading "The Current State of Black Metal, Trancendental Black Metal, Negura Bunget & an interview w/ Dordeduh's Hupogrammos"

by BBG

Salome at BV-BBG at CMJ (more by Samantha Marble)
Salome

Wow just turned into OMFG. Wolves In The Throne Room and Salome have been announced as support for the previously discussed 3/11 Shrinebuilder show at NYU. Ticket Info is forthcoming, but NYU students can expect to pay $2 and non-NYU-ers pay a whopping $5.

And while we are on the topic of killer bands, we'd like to announce that Salome will play the two-stage BrooklynVegan Day Party on March 17th at Emo's in Austin, Texas! For those counting at home, that's Salome plus Torche and Fucked Up! More artist announcements are on the way.

Salome will also play the 20 Buck Spin / Profound Lore official SXSW showcase at Headhunters in Austin on 3/19. As expected, the labels have teamed up for a killer lineup of underground metal greats: Yakuza, Liturgy, The Endless Blockade, Coffinworm, White Mice, + two more bands TBA.

That same night (3/19) at Spiro's, just down the street from the 20 Buck Spin/Profound Lore Showcase will be the WFMU/Aquarius showcase which, much like last year, is brimming with great and forward thinking music of heavy/punk persuasion. Liturgy will also be featured at the two-stage show along with Speedwolf, Iron Man, Moon Duo, Shit and Shine, Pierced Arrows, Dengue Fever, Epileptinomicon, Drunkdriver, Home Blitz, Headdress, Sonny & the Sunsets, True Widow, and Todd. For more on the upcoming WFMU show, head to their site. Decisions!

Drunkdriver's other upcoming shows include other SXSW gigs and Cake Shop in NYC on 3/14 with Todd.

Pierced Arrows are scheduled for two NYC area shows with Lullabye Arkestra, March 5th at Mercury (tix) and March 6th at Maxwell's (tix).

by BBG

Dave Verellen of Narrows (more by Samantha Marble)
Narrows

Another year gone, but not without lasting memories! Eyehategod (x2). Akitsa. Rorschach (x2). BV-BBG @ CMJ. Ludicra. BV @ Northside. Keelhaul... Not to mention the tons of memories jogged by my turntable and iPod. Estimates place the number of albums released in 2008 at 115,000, and while similar data for 2009 is scarce, I think that number seems on the low side. With so many to choose from, you can imagine that it was tough to sift through 20 (22 actually) that represented my year...

Continue reading "The Year in Metal (BBG's best of 2009)"

by Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Minsk - "Three Moons" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magrudergrind - "Excommunicated" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Magrudergrind - "Lyrical Ammunition For Scene Warfare" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Afgrund - "Klinisk Digital Kyla" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Afgrund - "Borja Fran Noll" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Into The Void" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Sweet Leaf" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Lord Of This World" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thou - "Black Sabbath" (Black Sabbath cover, MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Black Pyramid - "Visions of Gehenna" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gnaw Their Tongues - "Rife with Deep Teeth Marks" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Complete Failure - Heal No Evil (ZIPPED MP3 Album)

Minsk

Lots of ground to cover, since we missed ya last week, so lets get right to it with the mighty Minsk! The Chicagoan's new album With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone is out now, and it definitely delivers on the promises of The Ritual Fires of Abandonment. Highly recommended, as evidenced by the monstrosity "Three Moons" available for download above!

At The Charleston on 5/29, I managed to catch the pummeling Magrudergrind along with the equally awesome powerviolence of The Endless Blockade. The pair are touring surrounding their MDF appearance, and while TEB doesn't have a new album out, Magrudergrind DOES; a self-titled LP available now via Willowtip! Cop that here, and cop a pair of songs from the record above!

Also up at Willowtip, the new LPs by Defeatist and Afgrund! The new Defeatist LP, Sharp Blade Sinks Deep Into Dull Minds, is actually a compilation of previous EPs and other releases, but definitely provides a good preview as to what these grinders are about before their new LP drops (soon). Meanwhile Afgrund's new LP, Vid Helvetets Grindar, is also on preorder. Check out the band's deathgrind-y groove on tracks like "Klinisk Digital Kyla", "Borja Fran Noll", both downloadable above.

Check out two noteworthy streams... Khanate's Clean Hands Go Foul and Xasthur's All Reflections Drained. Both albums are out NOW via Hydra Head Records. In the meantime, check out an awesome interview with James Plotkin of Khanate and make sure and buy that Khanate hunting knife too!

Goes Cube are finally home from their tour promoting the massive Another Day Has Passed. Their "homecoming show" is scheduled for tonight (6/5) at Union Hall with The Detachment Kit amd The Thin Man. Tickets are still available.

Ancestors have completed recording their follow-up to last year's Neptune With Fire. Featuring four songs, and three interludes, I had a chance to preview a few tracks which are definitely as epic as their previous material, and just as compelling. Look for Sera Timms from Black Math Horseman and David Scott Stone to make an apperance on the as-yet untitled LP, and look for more news very soon!

A member of Pelican and a member of Tombs have agreed to a "bro tat" commemorating their current tour together. So what you say? YOU can decide what it is! Pictures from their recent show together at Irving Plaza are HERE in case you missed them.

Iron Age and Sex Vid are in town this weekend. More info, dates, and an MP3 from Iron Age's Tee Pee Records debut, HERE.

Liturgy have been added to our Northside Festival showcase. Howl have been added to the roster of Relapse Records, and we just got word that so were Black Anvil!

Black Pyramid has released their new self-titled LP on the doom stable Meteor City Records. While vocalist Andy Beresky comes off sounding like J.D. Cronise at times (NOT a bad thing), these Massachusetts boys definitely are in a whole different category than The Sword. With an ability to balance their bombastic blues riffs with stylistic touches of the greats (ie Electric Wizard, Sleep, Pentagram, etc) without sounding derivative, check out a video for Black Pyramid's "And The Gods Made War/Visions of Gehenna" below and download "Visions of Gehenna" above! Full BP tour dates are below, including their appearance at the Stoner Hands Of Doom Festival.

That video and Thou, Indian, Ulver, Brutal Truth, Wolves In The Throne Room, Municipal Waste, and Narrows as This Week In Metal Continues...

Continue reading "This Week In METAL (06/05/09)"

photos by Paul Birman, words by Black Bubblegum

Wolves in the Throne Room
Wolves in the Throne Room

Like a dark mist settling in the Hudson Valley before blowing off to sea, Wolves In The Throne Room, Krallice, and A Storm of Light cast darkness upon The Studio @ Webster Hall last night (5/26) as part of their tour surrounding Maryland Death Fest which included an earlier NYC Date at Europa on 5/22 (except with Thrones instead of Krallice). Videos from Europa and full tour dates are below.

A Storm of Light opened the evening at The Studio with their Neurosis-style dirge and thunder, drawing from newly reworked material due to the addition of a new female voice, Nerissa Campbell. Comparing Tuesday night to my prior experience with them, the vocals with the now-harmonizing Josh Graham only further highlight their Swans influence, and Campbell's voice has a pained quality that reminds me of a simpler, more blues-y Jarboe. I think the addition is a smart one.

Krallice followed, and though apparent instrument issues plagued Colin Marston, the trio banged out a set of (I believe) mostly new material. The new material seems to be in the same vein as the old; dual tremelo picking, blasting drums, and odd left turns delivered with underlying complex melody. Bassist Nick McMaster plays a different role in the new material (he did not play on the S/T), showcasing some finger-tapping and a death-metal growl that contrasts well with Mick Barr's reverb drenched, higher pitched screams.

I recently spoke with Krallice, and the band is working on their new album for a late June/July recording, after which the band will take a break until August. (To work on Gorguts?!?!? Please?)

Wolves In The Throne Room were candlelit and engulfed in fog by the time the clock struck 10:45PM. The foursome charged through abbreviated versions of songs from their current and last LPs, Two Hunters and Black Cascade respectively, including "Ahrimanic Trance", "Behold The Vastness and Sorrow", and "Crystal Ammunition". As menacing and unholy as they seem on stage, their melodies soar from beneath the darkness, making their live show all the more undeniable. If you missed this or the Europa show, make sure to get to the next one. I have a feeling that with the crowd the size that it was last night (sold out?), we may get another taste very soon. (I hope)

To close, a note for aspiring photographers. If the band likes to perform with the lights so low, don't flash away 100+ times at the same target. It's distracting, annoying, and just plain uncool. That said, more pictures, and those videos, below...

Continue reading "Wolves in the Throne Room, Krallice & A Storm of Light @ the Studio @ Webster Hall in NYC - pics "

by Black Bubblegum

"I think that black metal fundamentally is an attempt to reawaken an ancient spirit."

Aaron Weaver of WITTR at Scion (more by Anthony Childs)
WITTR Aaron

Wolves In The Throne Room are the outcasts of the outsiders. Among the black metal community, WITTR are constantly named as a band that dodges the conventions of Black Metal, much to the chagrin of its purist (tr00) core. That desire to push the boundaries of the genre has won them copious fans as well, as evidenced by the success of their 2007 release Two Hunters, and their heavy touring cycle in support of their new long player Black Cascade. The Black Cascade tour with A Storm Of Light and Krallice hits NYC twice. The first show is at Europa in Brooklyn TONIGHT (5/22) (tickets). The second is at the Studio @ Webster on 5/26 (tickets). The two shows surround their appearance at Maryland Death Fest this weekend.

We recently sat down with WITTR drummer Aaron Weaver to discuss the meaning of black metal, their recent releases Black Cascade and Malevolent Grain, Gang Gang Dance, and the darkest depths of human experience...

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The material recorded for the Black Cascade and Malevolent Grain EP, was that all done together and then separated into the two releases afterward?

No, definitely not. I know that's often times the case with EPs that are released ahead of a full length record. This was conceived as two completely separate entities or part of different recording sessions that had a very different spirit behind them. The reason that we did this was because we talked for a long time about doing another collaboration with Jamie Meyers who is the vocalist on Malevolent Grain but we didn't want to have another song on our full-length record that we couldn't play live. Whenever we would have a guest vocalist like Jamie or on Two Hunters, Jessica Kinney, when we would play those songs live it's missing something. We wanted the material on Black Cascade to be something that we could perform in the live setting in their entirety. At the same time, female vocals are an element I wish that we could have all the time, but it's just not in the cards right now.

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Continue reading "an interview w/ Wolves in the Throne Room's Aaron Weaver"

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DOWNLOAD: YOB - "Burning The Altar" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Caïna - "To Pluck The Night Up By Its Skin" (MP3)

sunn 0)))
sunn

According to ancient Mayan prophecy, The Age Of The Fifth Sun draws to a close in 2012 when armageddon will fall upon the land. Considering this is only 2009, it is entirely possible that sunn 0)))'s soundtrack to the end of days/new album, Monoliths & Dimensions, may have been delivered a bit prematurely (out NOW). Not that a moment on Monoliths resembles anything less than meticulous detail; Attila Csihar's Bela Lugosi-like vocals, heavenly choirs, harp, trumpet, and orchestra all add to the nauseating rumble, and at times, shimmering beauty emanating from their full stacks. Pick it up at Southern Lord on CD. Vinyl is due this summer. The boys have also announced a rough sketch idea of their upcoming tour plans:

We are preparing tours as a 4 and 5 piece in support of this opus. Attila Csihar and Steve Moore (Zombi) will be in the ranks as well as a yet undecided 5th member for some shows. Randall Dunn will be on the big guns.

SUNN O))) "Monoliths & Dimensions" tours 2009

Midwest USA July 2-12
West coast USA August 5-11
East coast/Southeast USA September 18-30
Middle & East Europe/Scandinavia October 17 - Nov 1st

There should also be UK and Japan jaunts following those pieces. We are working on it, more to come.

We are also considering and contemplating a few special event concerts with an expanded acoustic ensemble lineup. This is a whole different ballgame but may be in the cards and we have a few loyal partners in Europe on board to help manifest if/when the time is correct.

Lots of mini-CDs to report on, as Hail of Bullets will release the limited-to-2000 five song Warsaw Rising this summer on Metal Blade and Caïna will release a self-titled MCD via Universal Tongue/Bubonic Productions. Check out a track from that Caïna, "To Pluck The Night Up By Its Skin", available above. Nachtmystium has a MCD, Doomsday Derelicts, out via Battle Kommand, and will release a new split 7" with Cyanide.

ATP's Fans Strike Back festival took place last week, two nights of Sleep included. Check out our pre-ATP interview with Matt Pike HERE. Video and setlist from the ATP shows below.

YOB's new album for Profound Lore, The Great Cessation, now has an official release date, July 14th! The new effort by the reformed Eugene, OR doom colossus will span five tracks over it's 60+ minutes including "Burning The Altar" which is downloadable above! Look for US dates to follow, and once we have news on NYC, you know you will too.

YOB's album art, plus videos of Sleep, news on The Dillinger Escape Plan, Clutch and Baroness, Opeth, Converge, Ringworm and much more as This Week In Metal continues....

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Melvins at Oya in Norway (more)
Melvins

These days everyone is looking back, and the Melvins (sans members of Big Business) are no exception, as evidenced by their 25th Anniversary tour which will feature a performance of their album Houdini as well as portions of Mangled Demos. That tour impacts NYC on FRIDAY (5/15). Tickets are still available. Seriously?

Meanwhile, ex-Melvins bassist Joe Preston will also be in town. He brings his solo project Thrones 'round the bend for No Fun Fest at the MHOW on May 15th, a show on May 21st at Coco66 with Blues Control, and one on May 22nd with Wolves in The Throne Room at Europa (tickets for Europa still on sale).

Like passing strangers, the other half of the USUAL Melvins lineup, Big Business, played both Mercury Lounge and Union Pool with Tweak Bird last weekend. The two pairs will reunite to play ATP NY with Animal Collective, Jesus Lizard, The Flaming Lips, Boredoms, and more.

Joe Preston's (old???) band, Harvey Milk, will be in Brooklyn at MHOW on July 26th with Torche (tickets still on sale).

King Buzzo of the Melvins was on Red Eye (again) last night. That video and Melvins & Thrones tour dates are below....

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WITTR @ Scion Rock Fest - Feb 28, 2009 (more by Anthony Childs)
WITTR

In a forthcoming interview with Aaron of Wolves In The Throne Room, it was revealed that the band is headlining a tour with A Storm of Light and Krallice. The TWO NYC shows are already on sale: May 22nd at Europa WITHOUT Krallice (tickets here) and May 26th at The Studio @ Webster Hall with Krallice (tickets here)! Full tour info is forthcoming.

WITTR are currently touring off of their Malevolent Grain EP (out now) with Pelican & Tombs. Their new LP, Black Cascade, is due in the tail end of March. WITTR has also been added to Maryland Deathfest, replacing Today Is The Day.

All dates and a live video from Scion below...

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DOWNLOAD: -16- - "So Broken Down" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Obscura - "Universe Momentum" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: JODIS - "Continents" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Satyricon - "The Sign Of The Trident" (MP3)

WITTR

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to The Week In Metal! We took some time away, but believe me, the hate only grew STRONGER.

Wolves In The Throne Room have emerged from the dark forests of the Pacific Northwest to announce a pair of new releases and drop more details on their previously announced upcoming live LP, Live At Roadburn 08! First up, the Malevolent Grain EP will hit Southern Lord with a 180-gram LP bang, with Conspiracy Records dropping a small pressing of picture discs for the record (a limited batch of CDs will be available on tour). Then on March 31st, the band will drop Black Cascade their new full-length on Southern Lord! Both Malevolent Grain and Black Cascade were recorded by Randall Dunn/Mell Dettmer and are the first to feature new guitarist (former touring member) Will Lindsay of ex-Middian / Age Eternal fame. In addition, WITTR's Live at Roadburn 08 will be released with a companion DVD available with the first pressing of 500 copies, with 150 coming in gold vinyl with a silkscreen. Full WITTR tour dates are below, including their date at Scion Rock Fest.

Obscura, an astonishing tech-death band from Deutchland that may or may not be named after the classic Gorguts LP, are streaming a trio of new tracks from massive and recommended upcoming LP Cosmogenesis. Relapse has been kind enough to allow one of those tracks to be made available here for download... check out "Universe Momentum" available above! Cosmogenesis impacts on Feb 17th.

Tombs is pulling double duty on Feb 21st, having scheduled a day show at ABC No Rio with Black Anvil, Woe, and Bastard Sapling and a Winter Hours Record Release show with Defeatist, Engineer, and The Wayward later that night at Death By Audio. Winter Hours is due on Feb 17th via Relapse.

YOB have announced that they will hit the studio in late March with Sanford Parker to record their new album of "5 songs hitting about the 60+ minute mark". Look for it to surface in late summer 2009. In the meantime, Northwesterners can catch the band at their first reunion gig on 2/28 at The Ash Street Saloon in Portland, Oregon.

Shrinebuilder
Shrinebuilder

Shrinebuilder is in progress! The band blogged through the weekend as they completed recording of their debut album for Neurot.

The previously announced Down/Weedeater/Evil Army tour has been postponed.

With a tagline like "2 stages + 2 days = Total Brutality", you better f'n deliver. That said, The LA Murder Fest will turn those sunny California skies black on May 9th & 10th when Coffins, Landmine Marathon, Ghoul, Stormcrow, Agenda of Swine, and Lack of Interest hit the stages of The Knitting Factory in Hollywood! Also on the bill are sickening sludgemeisters -16-, who's new record Bridges To Burn drops on Jan 20th. Check out "So Broken Down" available for download above from the record and to all y'all left coasters, support the band when they hit the road with Giant Squid! Tour schedule is below.
General Surgery will also report for duty at the LA Murderfest, and recently announced the release of their split with Butcher ABC. Look for it on CD via Obliteration Records on January 11 (email grindrock@hotmail.com for a copy) and limited-to-1,000 LP in February via Living Dead Society/Coperaction Records (email unsane_crisis@hotmail.com for a copy). The band will also hit the road with Ghoul following the Murderfest and leading up to Maryland Death Fest (thx SMNNews). Full tour dates are below.

Malkuth, an absolutely killer black metal band featuring members of No Neck Blues Band, have scheduled a show on 1/25 at Public Assembly with Villians, Castevet, and Ipsissimus. Malkuth recently released Mutus Liber out on Hospital Productions and are prepping their second LP for the label.

Converge have scheduled a show at Europa on March 27th! Tickets are on sale. Converge has been added to the Scion Rock Festival in Atlanta... yet one more reason to go! (Thanks Chris!)

Also recently added at Europa, Young Widows will team up with The Austerity Program, My Disco, and Tournament for a show on April 1st! Ticket info is forthcoming, full Young Widows tour dates below. Tournament is lined up to play with Kylesa, Tombs, and Black Anvil at The Charleston.

Satyricon's new record The Age of Nero drops on Jan 13th via KOCH Records, and I have to say that I definitely enjoyed it a hell of alot more than Now, Diabolical. Check out the video for "Black Crow On a Tombstone" below and dig on "The Sign Of The Trident", which the band has made available for download above! Satyricon will hit the road opening for Cradle of Filth at Starland Ballroom on Jan 15th (tix here) and have scheduled an NYC date at Nokia Theater on Feb 27th (tix here).

That Satyricon video, Mastodon, Khanate, Burnt By The Sun, Dillinger Escape Plan, Coliseum, Amenra, Pestilence and more as The Week In Metal continues...

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by Black Bubblegum

Kylesa @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg (More By Tim Griffin)
Kylesa

Do you enjoy the hard rockin sounds of southern metal but have an un-natural fear of crust punk legends? Want to see a certifiably badass band tear you a new one in a room the size of someone's basement? Well friends, you are in luck! It looks like Kylesa have scheduled a show at The Charleston (!!!) with Tombs (!!), Tournament, and Black Anvil(!) as part of Hardcore Night on Jan 28th, the day before they take the stage opening for Amebix (tickets for that show here). Charleston flyer and Kylesa's full tour schedule below. That includes the previously mentioned dates with The Haunted.

KylesaIn other Kylesa news, the band recently announced their new album Static Tensions, due in March on Prosthetic with 20 Buck Spin doing the honors on the vinyl tip. Look for the vinyl to be released in two versions: a regular edition with a single LP with an eight-page LP-size booklet and a "deluxe", a limited-to-500 gatefold 2xLP on colored vinyl mastered at 45 RPM! Fellow Savannah madman John Dyer Baizley of Baroness will do the
artwork honors. That's it to the right.

Kylesa also announced they are on board for the holy shit fest, I mean, the Scion Rock Fest at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA on Feb 28th with Mastodon, Neurosis, High on Fire, Boris, 1349, Cryptopsy, Torche, Nachtmystium, Wolves in the Throne Room, Baroness, Harvey Milk, Zoroaster, Withered, Krallice, Toxic Holocaust, Skeletonwitch, Rwake, A Storm of Light, Warbringer, Salome, Suidakra, Tyr, and Alestorm. That shit is FREE. More info forthcoming.

Kylesa, as well as Rwake, Zoroaster, and many other luminaries, will be featured in Slow Southern Steel, a documentary profiling the southern metal scene. Details about screenings up north are sketch, but we'll let you know if anything arises. Slow Southern Steel is directed by CT, aka the razorblade throat behind Rwake.

Tip o' the hat to Invisible Oranges, who recently spotted a flickr page belonging to Laura Pleasants of Kylesa.

Skeletonwitch will be here on Sunday 1/11 with Cannabis Corpse and Attake. Attake is also playing the Amebix/Kylesa show.

A Storm of Light will headline Europa on 2/15 with Amenra and Scion-ers Zoroaster. Tickets are still on sale.

Charleston flyer and tour dates below...

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YOB in 2005
YOB

A little good with the bad. Age Eternal (formerly known as Middian) have unfortunately announced their dissolution in the wake of their legal woes with the band Midian ("I have only one 'd' in my name, but that don't mean I ain't getting your royalties!"). Sad news, here's what the band had to say:

Sadly, the lawsuit came with a high cost to us personally and interpersonally. Scott Headrick is quitting the band and moving. Mike S felt he needed to back off from touring due to family and work/lack of work issues, cutting his touring commitment from 60-70 shows a year to a handful of shows, mostly local to the West Coast, for an indefinite amount of time, maybe permanently.

This extreme change in direction, coupled with the immense stress of our lawsuit and inner conflicts in the band resulted in Scott's decision to move on with his life. Scott Headrick is the highest caliber of person. We mourn his loss, and support his need to take care of himself.

We are very sad to share this news about Age Eternal, but are confident that it must and will open the doors for new music creation and growth.

Here's where it starts to get better:

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DOWNLOAD: Intronaut - "The Literal Black Cloud" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: KEN mode - "The Romanticist" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Discordance Axis - ENTIRE Live Set from CBGB, 6/3/00 (Mediafire Link, setlist/credit)
DOWNLOAD: Noothgrush - Live at KZSU 5/01/96 (Mediafire Link, setlist/credit)
DOWNLOAD: Wolves In The Throne Room - Live at Slim's 10/2/07 (Mediafire Link, setlist/credit)

Gojira's The Way Of All Flesh
GOJIRA

Gojira has finally announced news on it's latest punch to the gut, The Way of All Flesh! The much anticipated follow-up to From Mars to Sirius will drop on October 13th on Prosthetic, and look for the band to hit Europe with In Flames in late Sept/Oct (tour dates below). Joe Duplantier played on the Cavalera Conspiracy album, who recently played Irving Plaza with The Dillinger Escape Plan.

As we discussed before, Intronaut are on tour with Behold The Arctopus and Mouth Of The Architect (Deadsea and Wetnurse are also on the colossal NYC bill), packin heat from the forthcoming Prehistoricisms on Sept 16th. Check out "The Literal Black Cloud", available for download above!

KEN mode dropped their new record, Mennonite on their own label, Arctodus Records. Pick it up here. The follow-up to their 2006 release on Escape Artist, Reprisal, KEN mode draws from the glory days of Am-Rep and noise punk, adding a brute force Mastodon-type approach. We have "The Romanticist" from Mennonite available for download above, but be careful, it's mean & nasty.

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