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photos and video by Greg Cristman, words by Ian Chainey
Black Anvil @ Saint Vitus 7/20/2014
Blackened thrashers Black Anvil celebrated their new album, Hail Death, by playing it in its entirety at NYC's Saint Vitus on Sunday (7/20). Bathed in red light and the flicker of a few candles, the NYC-based quartet featuring ex-members of gimmick-less NYHC band Kill Your Idols seemed to tower over the crowd as shadows, unleashing ferocious trem after ferocious trem. Vocalist/bassist Paul Delaney threw his body into the groove, inciting the crowd to do the same. The guitarists, Sos and Gary Bennett, flanked Delaney and drummer Raeph Glicken, one covered in grime, the other hidden in a hood. During "My Hate is Pure," John Chernack of openers Fantom Warior jumped to the stage for a guest spot. For fans of their newer material like "Still Reborn," which Joseph Schafer called ". . . the best thing Black Anvil have ever written" in his Invisible Oranges review, it was an exhilarating night.
Black Anvil shared the Saint Vitus stage with three others. Yellow Eyes, the buzzy black metal trio who have been gigging often, demonstrated why they've built a dedicated following off the backs of 2013's Hammer of the Night and their January-released single The Desert Mourns. Jersey cult thrashers Fantom Warior followed. Reformed in 2012, they're giving hope to old-school metalheads that a follow-up to their 1987 album Fantasy or Reality might be closer to the second word in that title. Psalm Zero, the experimental duo featuring Charlie Looker (Zs) and Andrew Hock (Castevet), moved in near synchronicity while backed by a drum machine, offering intense takes on the blackened/industrial amalgam that's their adventurous debut LP The Drain. Though all the performances were strong, the night belonged to Black Anvil. Hail Death indeed.
Pics from the whole night, plus videos for Psalm Zero and Black Anvil, below...
We've had no lack of posts about Black Anvil's new album Hail Death that they'll be playing in its entirety at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn this Sunday (7/20), and earlier today we did a big KISS roundup that included news related to the Melvins and White Lung. Hours later we find out Black Anvil are streaming a KISS cover! So here's another KISS post. Listen to the cover of "Under The Rose" (which appears on the deluxe version of Hail Death), and the original, below.
Black Anvil kick off a tour with Skeletonwitch and Ghoul in Chicago in September. Skeletonwitch play their own Saint Vitus show in October while on the road with Amon Amarth who play Best Buy Theater in NYC that same night.
All Black Anvil dates are listed below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Michael Rekevics of Fell Voices at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Two of the Pacific Northwest's best black metal bands are heading to Brooklyn in the coming weeks. First, new news: longwinded atmospheric black metal masters Fell Voices are coming to the Acheron on 7/25 with NYC's Yellow Eyes and Mongrel. That should be great--last time Fell Voices was in town, they leveled Saint Vitus without mics. Tickets for the show, Fell Voices' only one this year, are on sale.
As we've mentioned, Yellow Eyes will also be joining Arcata, California's Ash Borer at the NYC stop of their tour with Portland's doom duo Hell happening at Saint Vitus next Saturday, 7/12. Also on that show is the excellent NYC black metal band Vorde. Like Fell Voices, Ash Borer are specialists in huge, sweeping black metal. Hell are kindred spirits in doom. Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates are listed below.
Fell Voices and Vorde also have something in common--drummer Michael Rekevics, who also plays in the killer new(ish) black metal band Vilkacis. They were excellent a few weeks back at Pitchfork's Northside metal show at Europa, and you can catch Vilkacis tonight (7/1) at Saint Vitus for the final night of Martyrdoom with Evoken, Lord Mantis, Lycus and Australian funeral doom legends Mournful Congregation. That gets started at 8P--there will be tickets at the door.
Vilkacis also have other shows coming up, including a few dates on the Thou / The Body tour, such as the NYC matinee on Saturday (7/5) at ABC No Rio at 3 PM. All Vilkacis dates are listed, with the updated list of Ash Borer / Hell dates, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Mike Rekevics (right) w/ Fell Voices in 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
We've already mentioned Pitchfork's Northside metal show featuring Pallbearer, Hull, Planning for Burial, Yellow Eyes and Vilkacis, but we haven't given much play to Vilkacis around these parts. The band is a one-man black metal project from Mike Rekevics, drummer of the atmospheric black metal band Fell Voices (and Vorde, and Ruin Lust), and, like Fell Voices, Vilkacis delivers long, hypnotic black metal. Vilkacis is decidedly more lo-fi and may hit a bit harder, though, and if you give "Blood Dream in the Fever of War" off of Vilkacis' debut The Fever of War a listen below, you'll hear that the Vilkacis's material is also catchier than it's better known cousin, something closer to anthemic. If you like what you hear, The Fever of War is out now on vinyl on Psychic Violence.
There's also an aftershow for tonight's Pallbearer show at Acheron at 11 PM which features "PsychoBlackMetal warlords" Goat Pope, plus Yellow Eyes and Savagist. Unlike Special Guest, we can not actually find evidence of a real band called Goat Pope. So who exactly are they? We're not sure, but Acheron says, "You can ABSOLUTELY catch both Pallbearer at Europa and then catch Goat Pope at the Acheron. They cannot possibly play at the same time." Admission is $10 or $8 with a stub from the Europa show.
Vilkacis stream below...
by Ian Chainey
Relapse Records is rolling right now. Yesterday, the Pennsylvania located label dropped two of the most anticipated releases of the year, Serpentine Path's Emanations and Black Anvil's Hail Death. That would be a crowning achievement for most metal album dealers, but Relapse isn't done. Up next on the docket? Tombs' Savage Gold on June 10. That's a haul and a half, right? We'll wait while you grab your weight belt.
Serpentine Path is an NYC superdoomer. When the cultly adored Unearthly Trance broke-up, bassist Jay Newman, drummer Darren Verni, and singer Ryan Lipynsky kept things slithering slowly with ex-Electric Wizard/-Ramesses member Tim Bagshaw. The quartet expanded into a five-piece after their 2012 eponymous debut, adding Stephen Flam of Winter as a second set of six strings. (Winter's Into Darkness is a cornerstone of the discerning death/doomer's collection.) When we premiered "House of Worship" on Invisible Oranges, Wyatt said, "The song smolders in the post-apocalyptic sense, with expertly arranged, no-nonsense riffing and restrained drumming giving rise to something bleak and sinister." And is he ever right. The rest of Emanations continues that colossal stride, shaking the ground with every step. Listen to the entire reocord below. Make sure to catch them at the IO sponsored show, June 21 at The Acheron with Churchburn, Throaat, and Dridge. (Tickets.)
Speed-wise, Black Anvil is Serpentine Path's polar opposite, hitting a pace typical of blackened thrash. That said, there's little typical about their exemplary execution on Hail Death. The NYC rippers stretch out to Hell Awaits lengths while ably recreating the atmosphere of classic Dissection. Of course, they also throw in their share of head-nodding riffs, showing off the tricks the quartet picked up during their stints in the NYHC band Kill Your Idols. Read another review at IO. Black Anvil will play the full album at Saint Vitus on June 20 with Psalm Zero, FANTOM WARIOR, and Yellow Eyes. (Tickets.) Album stream below.
Of course, you may want to see about sneaking in some overtime before June 10. That's the date of Tombs' Savage Gold. The release will be Mike Hill and company's third full-length and it might be their best work yet. In an upcoming interview soon to hit IO, Hill told me, "This time around, we had a lot of time to work on the material. We wrote a lot but also discarded a lot." That attention to keeping only the cream certainly shows in the three tracks released thus far (listen below). Needless to say, expectations are high. If you're on the West Coast, you're also looking forward to Tombs hitting the road with Pelican for a June tour (dates below).
So, where else can you keep tabs on all of this stuff? Well, we run an Upcoming Metal Releases feature on IO every Monday that runs down the week's points of interest along with a few older selections that you need to know about. This time, we covered Black Anvil, Crowbar, Dead Congregation, Emptiness, Enabler, Eyehategod, Misery Index, Serpentine Path, Vanhelgd, and a whole bunch more.
Streams of Serpentine Path, Black Anvil, and Tombs, with dates below.
Pallbearer at Europa in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Arkansas doomsters Pallbearer, whose 2012 debut album Sorrow and Extinction was one of the buzziest metal albums of that year, are about to hit the road with another buzzy metal band, Deafheaven, with Wreck & Reference along for the ride too. That tour doesn't hit NYC but Deafheaven play Governor's Ball and Pallbearer will play a Northside Festival show on June 12 at Europa, presented by Pitchfork's Show No Mercy & Hell Awaits. Also on the bill is Hull, Planning for Burial, Yellow Eyes and Vilkacis. Tickets are on sale now or you can also try to get in using your Northside badge. All Pallbearer dates are listed below.
Pitchfork is also presenting two Northside shows at Saint Vitus which include Perfect Pussy, Hop Along, Frankie Cosmos, Marissa Nadler, Pharmakon and more.
Meanwhile, that Northside show is one of three chances to catch Planning for Burial, whose excellent new album can be streamed now, in NYC. He also plays the Metal Cats release party at Union Pool on Saturday (5/17) and his tour hits Grand Victory on July 7 (tickets).
Speaking of Hull, the band play Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on Saturday (5/17) with Bloody Hammers. The show, dubbed "Liz & Luis: The Unholy Fucking Union," is actually an afterparty for a wedding but is open to the public. If you go, please give the happy couple your congratulations. Tickets are on sale.
Updated Planning for Burial dates are also listed, with the list of Pallbearer dates, below...
By Ian Chainey
Judas Priest @ Izod Center, 2011 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Was metal busy this week? You bet, but in a mostly good way. Mostly. Unlike your work week, metal didn't drag on like a run-on Dagon answer. (I mean, it did. . .but it didn't.) But, hey, now it's Friday and you can use your two-day, free-from-the-shackles pass to catch some killer shows this weekend in NYC. Before we pack your daily planner, though, let's take a walk on the newswire:
We got more details on the next Judas Priest album, from which we already streamed a teaser track. The July 15 Epic-released record titled Redeemer of Souls now has a running order to accompany its art. Typical Priest-isms fill the list, with "Metalizer" set to ascend as a governing philosophy of all headbangers. Check the full tracklist below.
Minneapolis blackened sludgsters Wolvhammer have wrapped up their third album. Clawing Into Black Sun will hit the streets on July 8 by way of Profound Lore Records. Scope the 22 second trailer and track-listing below.
Speaking of Profound Lord, Chicago's atmospheric mind-expanders The Atlas Moth have finalized specifics for the release of their next album, The Old Believer. June 10 is the release date via, you guessed it, hungry-hungry Profound Lore Records, a label eating up every great band. (Preorder.) Check below for two new songs.
How'd you like to know more about death metal's beginnings? Well, Master's Paul Speckman might have a documentary made about him. We say 'might' since Lone Survivor - Paul Speckmann and the Story of Master is currently in the funding stages via an IndieGoGo campaign.
Hell's Headbangers' Deathhammer is hitting the road. The Norwegian blackened thrash blasters will be at The Acheron on May 9. (Tickets.) Sadistic Intent, Natur, Inverted Trifixion, and Iron Force are also on the bill. All dates of Deathhammer's US trek are listed below.
Finally, Finnish curators Blood Music are going big with their next release. How big? Try 14 LPs. The future bane of all mailmen focuses on viking metal band Moonsorrow and is billed as "the largest box set in metal history." Stay tuned to their Facebook page for details as they come down the pipeline.
Don't forget: Keep up with the rest of our metal coverage here.
Now that you're, ahem, fully briefed, let's recap all of the A/V transmissions:
1349 - 'Slaves' art
1349 were kind enough to give the world an early listen to a track from their forthcoming album. The title and the other requisite details are still to come, but "Slaves" rips in typical blasting fashion. Find it below.
Recently reformed doomers Graves at Sea are streaming a track from their split with Sourvein at Pitchfork. The A-side vs. B-side battle royale will be out later this month through Seventh Rule Recordings. (Preorder.)
Black metallers Mayhem dropped their third stream from their forthcoming Season of Mist release Esoteric Warfare, hitting shelves on May 27. (Preorder.) The appropriately named, given its order of stream-age, "Trinity" bounds along for four minutes of authentic necro-ness. Find it below.
And some neat streams of note to keep you in the know: Salem's Pot and their wizardly doomer "...Lurar ut dig pa prarien", Gravecode Nebula's cavernous "The Frozen Sun (Does Not Support Life)," and two from the Infirmary/Aetherium Mors split. Click the preceding links for album/ordering info. Keep on scrolling for the treats below.
Got it? Good. To NYC shows we go:
First, Invisible Oranges in conjunction with Signature Riff are presenting a show at The Acheron tonight, rounding up Abazagorath, Chasse-Gallerie, One Master, Grue, and Vorde. (Tickets.) Chasse-Gallerie is coming down from Canada and local-boys Vorde can't be missed since the drummer from Fell Voices and Ruin Lust is handling skin-smashing duties. Drop by, get grim, and make your Friday ultra bleak.
If Bang is too dusty and you want some punky immediacy, Oc45, Hero Dishonest, Resist Control, and Brain Slug will deafen all at ABC No Rio. Tickets are available at the door for $8.
Something chunkier? The Communion, Lament, metalcore legends Starkweather, and our dearly departed IO editor's Pyrrhon will be at the The Grand Victory. Admission is $9 at the venue.
If you're still in a black metal state of mind, Yellow Eyes, Obsidian Tongue, and Mountain God will blow up heads Scanners-style at Saint Vitus. (Tickets.)
Lastly, if you're in the mood to have your third eye pried, Order of the Owl, Volume IV, It's Not Night: It's Space, and Blackout will kick up some psych at The Acheron. (Tickets.)
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Okay, let's talk Invisible Oranges: We reviewed Triptykon's Melana Chasmata and asked if age matters. Noise Records' Death Metal roster looks random now, but it made sense 30 years ago. Saccage's crusty thrash blew out all of the speakers when we premiered it. Plus, we took a tour of the metal's newest hotbed. . .Iceland? And, as is our compulsion, we hoarded every release under the sun for your perusal in Upcoming Metal Releases. Oh, right, and there's a black metal lamb. Because. . . of course.
As always, don't forget to dial in Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio, brought to you by the fine folks at Irving Plaza. This week, we gave away tickets to Agalloch at Irving Plaza on June 30, a show we're also presenting. (Tickets.) Plus, we played mountains of metal madness. Always worth the listen. Tune in every Tuesday, 10pm EST.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch the aforementioned reams of streams and details below.
by Wyatt Marshall
Black Anvil at Saint Vitus in 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NYC's black metal crew Black Anvil are streaming a new song called "Still Reborn" off of their previously mentioned forthcoming album Hail Death, due out on May 27. The song, like the rest of the album, is a bruiser--big, riffffed-ouuuut and full of snarls and group backing vocals. The album's deservedly getting some attention, and, in his writeup of Black Anvil's other new song "Eventide," our former metal maestro Doug Moore called the track "big-venue-ready stuff -- I could see this tune going over extremely well with a huge, boozy European festival crowd."
Don't book your ticket to Wacken just yet--you can catch Black Anvil at Saint Vitus on July 20 with a NYC-area support crew consisting of experimental oddballs Psalm Zero, thrashers Fantom Warior and BK black metal crew Yellow Eyes. Black Anvil will be playing the entirety of Hail Death, so July is your chance if you like what you hear below. Tickets are on sale.
Streams of two new Black Anvil songs below...
Inc. at PIanos in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
WBAR Barnard College Radio's Annual FREE WBAR-B-Q happens again this year on April 19 on Barnard's Lehman Lawn from noon to 8 PM. This year's will be headlined by Inc. (the day before their tour hits Knitting Factory), and also features Ka, LVL UP, Darlings, Jerry Paper, DJ Dog Dick, Yellow Eyes, Giant Claw, Amanda X and Arm Candy. It's all ages, totally free, and open to the public. More info at the Facebook event.
Full lineup and flyer below...
By Doug Moore
Autopsy - Tourniquets, Hacksaws, and Graves cover
Welcome to another HLD. Lotsa cool live riffment options this weekend! Let's take care of that stuff first:
Tonight (2/21): OM & Zomes will play MHoW (tix), while Rivers of Nihill, So Hideous, Black Crown Initiate, and Torrential Downpour will hit Saint Vitus (tix). If you're out in Long Island, you can catch Deafheaven as part of the Between the Buried & Me / Intronaut tour (tix).
Tomorrow (2/22): Russian Circles, KEN mode, & Inter Arma are checking (back) into Saint Vitus for their second NYC show this week, which has been sold out for a while now. Anicon, Yellow Eyes, and Vorde are teaming up for a potent local black metal show at the Acheron (tix). Goosebumps, La Misma, Libyans, Mercenary, & Ajax are delivering the hardcore goods at 538 Johnson.
In other news:
Arkansan doomslingers Pallbearer are currently recording the follow-up to their critically adored 2012 effort Sorrow and Extinction. Hopefully their fans will be able to control their emotions. Prolific black/grinders Anaal Nathrakh are in the studio as well.
We mentioned yesterday that Gridlink's excellent swansong album is streaming in full. In a novel but almost certainly doomed effort to interfere with piracy of the album, their label Handshake Inc. has launched a campaign to flood illegal download hubs with unlistenable fake versions of it. Participants will (ironically) receive a free download code for the album, along with a chance to win a vinyl copy of the album. You can also win a test pressing of the album via Decibel's karaoke contest.
Death metal legends Autopsy will release Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves, their seventh studio album, on April 29.
Death metal kinda-legends Bloodbath announced that a) they still exist, b) they have ten new songs finished, and c) they have a new vocalist. Since their vocals slot has previously been occupied by Mike Akerfeldt of Opeth and Peter Tagtgren of Hypocrisy -- two of the best-regarded death metal vocalists ever -- the new guy has some big shoes to fill. The band has provided some oblique, birthdate-based hints as to his identity; journeyman vocalist Jörgen Sandström (Entombed, The Project Hate, etc.) is currently the metal blog world's best guess.
Motörhead are launching their own festival cruise in the vein of 70,000 Tons of Metal and such. Details are scant, but it will be called MOTÖRBOAT. The name alone should sell some tickets.
Local metallic hardcore stalwarts Tiger Flowers have released a great, First Blood-themed (that's Rambo-themed for you Philistines out there) video for "Cruisin' Til the Wheels Fall Off," the lead single from their upcoming full-length debut. You can stream it below. Frontman Jesse Madre told us an awesome story about the video shoot on our East Village Radio show last fall.
Speaking of which: this week's show was sponsored by the ongoing Children of Bodom / Tyr / Death Angel tour, which hits NYC on 3/28 and 3/29; we gave away tickets to the tour's San Francisco date during the show. Don't forget to tune in every Tuesday at 10pm EST to win more tickets to select dates of the tour.
Now, over to the Invisible Oranges corner: this week, we scoped out new music by Neige et Noirceur, Towers, Impetuous Ritual, Separatist, Hooded Menace, and the unpronounceable Kuolemanlaakso. Radio host and content editor Scab Casserole finished up his epic Babylon Whores career retrospective. And, as ever, we ran down all of the week's riffs fit to buy.
Oh, and one more thing: we debuted some awesome new songs from the upcoming Elemental Nightmares split-release series today, including new music from Vuyvr, Ashencult, Membaris, and Porta Nigra. You can stream those below too.
Whew! I think that's it. Anything missing?
words by Fred Pessaro // BBG, photos by Greg Cristman
Atriarch played Saint Vitus on 11/17 with support from Conneticut doomers and tourmates Sea of Bones along with local black metal crew Yellow Eyes. The show was the first venture into the tri-state area for the Northwestern doomy gothic black metal crew, and despite the fierce competition around town for the attention of metalheads (Dysrhythmia - pics here, and Deiphago), the band played like it was to a arena filled with screaming fans. Excellent set from this crew which, was captured to video. Watch that, with more pictures from the show, below...
Deathrock/doom crew Atriarch are touring their way Eastward on the strength of recent splits with Alaric and a spanking new LP, Ritual Of Passing, due via Profound Lore this fall. Stream the new track "Altars" below. The Pacific Northwest quartet, which features members of Graves At Sea, Trees, Final Conflict and more, will fit in East Coast dates on their travels, logging a date in NYC at Saint Vitus on 11/17 with Sea of Bones and Yellow Eyes (who recently played Acheron). Tickets are on sale.
Full tour schedule for Atriarch is below, along with the flyer and that new song stream.
The Bell Witch @ Acheron, 10/16/2012
Recent Profound Lore signees The Bell Witch (members of Samothrace) had copies of their new CD, Longing, when they rolled into Acheron last night (10/16) as part of the band's US tour. The show, which also featured an appearance from Yellow Eyes, was the band's first NYC showing, and the two-piece ripped a set of melodic, melancholic doom via drums and a six-string bass. Yellow Eyes, this time a three-piece due to a cycling injury to their bassist, played tight black metal with touches of melody peppered throughout.
More pictures from the show are below, and The Bell Witch's tour soldiers on with a show in Baltimore tonight (10/17).
photos by Greg Cristman
False at The Acheron, 9/8/2012
False and Bellow are currently touring their way through the US, but took time out on a Saturday evening (9/8) to damn The Acheron. The show also featured appearances from Brooklyn's Mortals and Yellow Eyes, the former of which recently recorded new material with Kevin of Triac and while the latter was playing their third live show ever. Pictures from their performances are below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
As mentioned before, Minnesota black metal team False will hit Acheron on Saturday (9/8), flanked by Brooklyn's own Mortals, False's tourmates Bellow and the great Yellow Eyes. The show is False's only area date and a rare, one, so make it out if you can. Audio streams are below.
A list of all suggested shows for the next two weeks, as well as a few audio streams, are below. What did I miss?
Vattnet Viskar and Yellow Eyes teamed for a Broken Limbs Recordings showcase at Lit Lounge last night (5/14). Black metal was the theme of the evening, with Yellow Eyes shooting for Weakling/Drudkh-style grandiosity while Vattnet Viskar attacked similar influences with a distinctly punk rock ethos. Yellow Eyes, who were playing their first NYC show, were impressive, especially considering their minimal experience as a live unit, but Vattnet Viskar was downright venomous.
More pictures from the night are below, alongside streams from both of their recent releases.
Art for Old Man Gloom's No
Old Man Gloom will welcome a new LP NO via Hydra Head this year! The band, who is currently on tour and heading towards a decimation of Brooklyn this coming week, will have copies of the record at the merch table. Unfortunately, those who can't make it to the shows will have to wait until June 16th to snag a copy. Check out a teaser trailer for the release below.
Black metal crew Assymmetry will team with Gravfolluth for a rare show at The Acheron on May 12th. $8 gets you in. The band has two demo releases on Kuunpalvelus, a label run by members of the mighty Circle of Ouroboros, and you can stream some material from them below. May 12th is a busy night, but this is their only US appearance scheduled so far... its a doozy.
Noise and ambient meets powerviolence on Gas Chamber's new 7" The Modern Vision of the Erect Nightmare, out now via Nerve Altar. The record is currently streaming in full below and available for purchase via the label. Make sure you catch them when the band hits Chaos in Tejas this year (if you're heading down that way).
Vattnet Viskar and Yellow Eyes will team up for a Broken Limbs showcase at Lit Lounge on May 14th. The band, who seemingly plays Precious Metal monthly, recently released a well-received self-titled EP which available for stream below.
Mark your calendars for May 16th at Home Sweet Home, I'll be DJing alongside Glenn from Cult of Youth and Zach from Freshkills as part of Wierd Wednesdays. The show is part of a Toxic State/Katorga Works event that will feature appearances from Massachusetts' own Cleansing Wave and Brooklyn's Nomad. More details are available on the Facebook event. My involvement aside, it's a hell of a night of punk rock.
More suggested shows and streams are below. What did I miss?