The Heavy Lowdown: Metallica, Bloodbath, Opeth, King Diamond, Pallbearer, 1349, weekend shows & more
by Ian Chainey
Metallica are going to get some classics back out on wax. On September 16, Blackened Recordings (I see what you did there) will release four vinyl represses. So let’s play, ONE OF THESE THINGS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS: Kill ‘Em All. Yes. Ride The Lightning. Yes. …And Justice For All. Yes. Death Magnetic. Ah. The band will also drop a slimmed down version of Live Shit: Binge & Purge on the same day.
Also happening next week? Bloodbath will announce their new singer. I haven’t seen people this anxious to find out the origin and whereabouts of a guttural since my cat vomited this morning. Bloodbath’s next one, Grand Morbid Funeral, is out November 17 through Peaceville. The band will also be playing Maryland Deathfest 2015.
King Diamond has an opener for his North American tour starting in October. It’s the occult rockers Jess and the Ancient Ones, a band featuring one of the weirder connections in metal with a link to cult-adored death metallers Demilich (who are also playing Maryland Deathfest 2015). Maybe Jess will finally cover “The Planet That Once Used to Absorb Flesh in Order to Achieve Divinity and Immortality (Suffocated to the Flesh That It Desired…).” The King Diamond tour plays a sold out New York’s Best Buy Theater on October 14. Watch a few King Diamond videos below because Friday.
Unfortunately, Belphegor won’t be touring the US. Singer/guitarist Helmuth Lehner has scrapped the package that included Rotting Christ, Beheaded, and Svart Crown to be with his mother during her final days. While the bill will be a little slimmer, Dead Congregation and Immortal Bird will still play their NYC show on October 20 date at NYC’s Saint Vitus.
Finally, Pallbearer have a heck of a tour brewing. . . that’s only hitting the West Coast in December. They’ll be joined by Sólstafir and Mortals for the Holy Crap Take My Money Tour* (*not the official name. . . yet). All of the dates are below. Oh well, NYC fans, you’ll have to make due with back-to-back shows at Saint Vitus on October 27 and 28 with Tombs and Vattnet Viskar. *weeps* – Midwest.
Now that you’re, ahem, fully briefed, let’s recap all of the A/V transmissions.
Full releases first: Iron Reagan and Myrkur are both streaming their new albums on Pitchfork Advance. Iron Reagan’s crossover attack is called The Tryranny of Will and will be out on September 16 via Relapse (preorder). We also recently interviewed singer Tony Foresta on Invisible Oranges. Solo black metal act Myrkur‘s self-titled EP will also be out on September 16 through Relapse (preorder).
For single tracks and videos, dad/son metal bonding band Vomit Fist (holy hell, Vomit Fist) debuted “Under The Rind.” Baseball grinders Puig Destroyer spoke the truth with “No One Cares About Your Fantasy Team” from Puig Destroyer (September 30, No Sleep – preorder). Opeth cut another headtrip for a Pale Communion track, this being “Moon Above, Sun Below.” Tech-metallers Decapitated are showing off the first four songs from Blood Mantra (September 30, Nuclear Blast – preorder). Old school death metallers Necrophagia let another WhiteWorm Cathedral creepy-crawler eat through the internet (October 28, Season of Mist – preorder).
MORE: Busy blasters 1349 brought their Massive Cauldron Of Chaos to another boil (September 30, Season of Mist – preorder). Corrosion of Conformity brewed up some visuals for “On Your Way.” They’ll be hitting the road with GWAR and Decapitated soon. Krieg also cut together a flick for “Ruin Our Lives.” And, finally, Pyrrhon — fronted by a familiar fellow with a name rhyming with ‘Doug’ (I’m bad at this) — have a new video out “Sleeper Agent” directed by IO guest contributor David Hall. So I guess that makes it, wait for it, VISIBLE ORANGES. Oh cool, I’ve been fired. You can check out all the goods below.
Got it? Good. To shows we go:
TODAY (FRIDAY, 9/12): Thrashers Power Trip plays a BrooklynVegan Presents Red Bull Sound Select show with White Lung and Sick Feeling at Palisades ($3, with RSVP). If you want to don the corpsepaint and become super pussy, Black Witchery, Nexul, Teloch Vovin, Occultation, and Lord Almighty are at Saint Vitus (tickets).
SATURDAY (9/13): You can get a taste of the metallic at Basilica Sound Scape 2014: Day Two with Deafheaven and heavier-than-most-heavy-things Swans (sold out).
SUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNDAY (9/14): Speaking of heavy things, sludge stars Crowbar, Revocation, Havok, Fit for an Autopsy, and Armed for Apocalypse hit the Gramercy Theatre (tickets). And if you missed them Saturday, Deafheaven play Music Hall of Williamsburg (tickets).
Looking for late adds and dates ahead? NYC Metal Show Calendar has got you covered.
Let’s talk IO: As always, we tracked the week’s new releases with, uh, Upcoming Metal Releases. We showed off new albums from Lago and Ingurgitating Oblivion. We reviewed Earth, Muscle and Marrow, and Ævangelist. We got our talk on with Iron Reagan’s Tony Foresta, Nightbringer‘s Naas Alcameth, and Cannibal Corpse‘s Paul Mazurkiewicz. Finally, our buds in Immortal Bird are going on tour. Don’t yell “Freebird” at them. Or hold up a boombox a la Say Anything that’s playing “Surfing Bird.” Or. . . do. Live your life, bro.
Alright, consider the decks cleared. What did we miss? What are your plans? Let us know and catch all of the dates, reams of streams, and other noted details below.
Pallbearer, Sólstafir, Mortals — 2014 Tour Dates
12/02 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
12/03 Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar
12/04 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
12/05 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
12/06 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
12/07 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
12/09 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
12/10 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore
12/11 Seattle, WA – Barboza
12/12 Boise, ID – The Shredder
12/13 Salt Lake City UT – Kilby Court
12/14 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
12/16 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
12/17 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock
12/18 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
12/19 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
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