The Heavy Lowdown: Opeth, Tombs, Mayhem, Diocletian, White Widows Pact, weekend shows & more
by Doug Moore
Opeth at MHOW, 2013 (more by Caroline Harrison)
A lotta cool bands are putting stuff out soon! Let’s dig into it.
Long-running Swedish prog metallers Opeth have announced that they will release their 11th album, Pale Communion, on June 17. (Okay, so they haven’t been all that cool for a while now, but still, people love them.) Meanwhile, local black/death heavyweights Tombs have released a trailer for their upcoming third album, Savage Gold, which will be out on June 10 and which is now available for preorder. Trailer’s below if you’re into it.
The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem and Diocletian have all debuted new songs, while NYC wallopers Tiger Flowers are streaming their album in full — you can catch their record release show on Saturday (4/12) at the Gutter, along with Meek Is Murder, So Hideous, and Dead Channels. You can check all four of those streams out below as well.
While we’re on the live local tip: sadistic Philly noise-metal greats Starkweather will be hitting Brooklyn for a one-off on May 3 at The Grand Victory, along with Lament, The Communion, and Pyrrhon (my band). Tix are available. Further, White Widows Pact (feat. members of Primitive Weapons and Grudges) have announced a roughly two-week East Coast tour, part of which will also involve Hollow Earth, including the concluding NYC stop at The Acheron on 5/20 (tix).
As far as other live options this weekend go:
TONIGHT (4/11): the much-ballyhooed Decibel Magazine tour, which features Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem, will hit NYC at the Best Buy Theater (tix). If dropping $40 to see 40-somethings rage out onstage seems like a little much, you could opt instead for Hivesmasher, The Great Sabatini, Radiation Blackbody, Mother Brain, and Geryon (stacked!) at the Acheron (tix). Or if you wanna get the old-school vibe in a smaller space, UK proto-thrashers Satan are bringing their first-ever North American tour to Black Bear Bar (formerly Public Assembly), with support from Natur and Sacrificial Blood (tix).
TOMORROW (4/12): the aforementioned Tiger Flowers / Meek Is Murder / So Hideous / Dead Channels record release gig at the Gutter goes down. Sweden’s Infernöh and BK’s own Nomad will rock their previously TBA show at the Acheron, along with Who Killed Spikey Jacket?, Green Beret, & Ivy (tix). Infernöh and Nomad will be back next weekend for New York’s Alright.
For more, scan our NYC Metal Show Calendar. It rules.
In the Invisible Oranges corner: we scoped out new music by The Oath, Aurvandil, Of Feather & Bone, and A Pregnant Light. We dispensed some helpful advice for independent bands who want to get music critics to check out their work. We gave away one last set of tickets to see Godflesh on our East Village Radio show, which was brought to you this week by Irving Plaza. (This Tuesday’s show (4/15) features an interview with Godflesh, so be sure to tune in for that.) We also ran down all the metal fit to buy, as ever.
That does it. Check out that bundle o’ streams and the White Widows Pact dates below. Anything else?
TOMBS – ‘Savage Gold’ Album Trailer
The Dillinger Escape Plan “Happiness Is A Smile”
White Widows Pact tour dates:
5/04/2014 Middle East (upstairs) – Cambridge, MA
5/05/2014 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME
5/06/2014 La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QC
5/07/2014 Luneta Bar – Ottawa, ON
5/08/2014 Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON @ New Damage CMW Showcase
5/10/2014 S.H.I.B.G.B.s – Toronto, ON
5/12/2014 Detour Music Hall – St. Catherines, ON
5/13/2014 The Beer Exchange – Windsor, ON
5/14/2014 The Yonka House – Detroit, MI w/ Hollow Earth
5/15/2014 Underground Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Hollow Earth
5/16/2014 Basement Transmissions – Erie, PA w/ Hollow Earth
5/17/2014 Mr Roboto Project – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Hollow Earth
5/18/2014 The Boneyard – Atlantic City, NJ w/ Hollow Earth
5/19/2014 Casa De Sweezy – Centereach, NY w/ Hollow Earth
5/20/2014 The Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Hollow Earth