photo: Enslaved at The Paramount in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

Plenty of great metal, hardcore and other heavy shows in NYC are getting announced all the time. We don't get a chance to write about all of them, so here's a roundup of some recently-announced stuff coming up:

Pennsylvania death metal band Rivers of Nihil will release their sophomore album, Monarchy, this week via Metal Blade (pre-order), and they're in NYC TONIGHT (8/19) to celebrate at Saint Vitus. Opening is the great local mathcore band Meek Is Murder and NJ's Cognitive. Tickets are on sale now. You can stream the new album in full below.

Norway's legendary Enslaved will return to North America in the fall for a tour with polished progressive metal bands Between the Buried and Me (the headliners) and Intronaut. That tour hits NYC on December 15 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on Citi/Live Nation/Blastbeat/Ticketmaster presales now (password: "crowdsurf") and the general on-sale starts Friday (8/21) at 10 AM. Invisible Oranges just published a piece on BTBAM's new album, and wrote:

Between The Buried And Me sport incomparable technical skill, and their process of pushing tiny musical motifs to their logical conclusion is astoundingly thorough. But as they've gotten more compositionally ambitious, their ability to write songs that make sense on a moment to moment basis has fallen by the wayside. Each section of a typical Between The Buried And Me song is well constructed by itself, but as the band's career has gone on they've started to have trouble transitioning smoothly, resorting to full stops before shifting gears or making jarring leaps in key or tempo.

Where previously BTBAM could make these kinds of drastic choices come across as unpredictable and exciting they now only serve to disrupt the momentum and cheapen the impact of their jaw dropping instrumental prowess. Metalsucks once compared BTBAM to LeBron James but these days they are more like James Harden; prodigiously talented, clearly very good at what they set out to do, but holy shit can they be a slog to actually watch.

On a more positive note, Enslaved released their 13th album In Times earlier this year, and you can watch the lyric video for "Thurisaz Dreaming" from that, below.

photo: Cattle Decapitation at Slaughter by the Water 2011 (more by Taylor Keahey)
Cattle Decapitation

Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation and Soreption are touring together this fall. They aren't hitting NYC, but will be nearby for Long Island's Emporium on 10/14 (tickets) and Pougheepsie's The Chance on 10/16 (tickets). Cattle Decapitation's new album The Anthropocene Extinction came out earlier this month on Metal Blade. You can stream it in full below.

Doom trio Castle are hitting the road in the fall, and playing NYC on November 16 at the Acheron. Tickets will be on sale soon via Ticketfly.

One-man industrial metal project Author & Punisher is touring soon with Muscle and Marrow, and hitting Brooklyn's Saint Vitus on November 3. Tickets are on sale.

Another one-man industrial project, Alberich, is playing with Azar Swan and Lussuria at the Acheron on October 2. Tickets are on sale now. You can also catch Alberich sooner with Sannhet and Uniform at Saint Vitus on Friday (8/21) (tickets).

The over-the-top Hellbent Hooker, who feature members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, play Saint Vitus on September 19 with Pink Mass and Prostitution. Tickets are on sale.

This week, the Trap Them / Full of Hell tour hits NYC at the Acheron on Thursday (8/20). Tickets for that show are still available. Other recently-discussed heavy shows/tours include GWAR, Danzig / Superjoint / Prong, Deafheaven / Envy / Tribulation, Locrian, Judas Priest & Mastodon and YOB / Black Cobra. Check out more in last week's roundup.


In addition to the new music already mentioned in this post, and the new Iron Maiden song, we got a couple other exciting new streams recently too. Indie-pop-turned-black-metal musician Amalie Bruun (of Ex-Cops, Frankie Rose's band, etc) is streaming her debut Myrkur album, M, which comes out this week via Relapse. Listen below, and check out Joseph Schafer's review at Invisible Oranges.

Sweden's not-actually-metal band Ghost will also drop their third album Meliroa this week on Loma Vista, and they're streaming it now. Listen below, and catch Ghost in NYC on their acoustic tour this weekend (8/23) and their full-band tour in September. Joseph from IO also recently wrote about "Ten Songs I Want Ghost to Cover,", including Perfume Genius, Justin Timberlake and more.

What else?


Rivers of Nihil - Monarchy

Enslaved - "Thurisaz Dreaming" (lyric video)

Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction

Myrkur - M

Ghost - Meliora

BTBAM / Enslaved / Intronaut / Native Construct -- 2015 Tour Dates
11/18 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
11/19 Chicago, IL House of Blues
11/20 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
11/21 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
11/23 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theater
11/24 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theater
11/25 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
11/27 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
11/28 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
11/29 Los Angeles, CA Mayan Theatre
12/1 Scottsdale, AZ Livewire
12/2 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
12/3 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
12/4 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Pavilion
12/5 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre
12/6 Dallas, TX House of Blues
12/8 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
12/10 Toronto, ON The Danforth Music Hall
12/11 Ottawa, ON Bronson Centre
12/12 Boston, MA House of Blues
12/13 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
12/15 New York, NY Irving Plaza
12/16 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
12/17 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore


CANNIBAL CORPSE w/ Cattle Decapitation, Soreption -- 2015 Tour Dates
10/08/2015 Underbelly - Jacksonville, FL
10/09/2015 Motorco - Durham, NC
10/10/2015 Ziggy's - Winston-Salem, NC
10/12/2015 The Broadberry - Richmond, VA
10/13/2015 Reverb - Reading, PA
10/14/2015 The Emporium - The Emporium - Long Island, NY
10/15/2015 The Met - Pawtucket, RI
10/16/2015 The Chance Theater - Poughkeepsie, NY
10/17/2015 The Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
10/19/2015 VClub Live - Huntington, WV
10/20/2015 The Warehouse - Clarksville, TN
10/21/2015 New Daisy Theatre - Memphis, TN
10/23/2015 Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
10/24/2015 Club XS - Tucson, AZ
10/25/2015 KnotFest - San Bernardino, CA
10/27/2015 Top Deck - Farmington, NM
10/28/2015 The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
10/29/2015 The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
10/30/2015 Durty Nellies - Palatine, IL
10/31/2015 Big Shots - Valparaiso, IN
11/01/2015 The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
11/03/2015 Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
11/04/2015 Expo Five - Louisville, KY
11/05/2015 Zydeco - Birmingham, AL
11/06/2015 Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL
11/07/2015 Venue 578 - Orlando, FL


Author & Punisher / Muscle and Marrow -- 2015 Tour Dates
9/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
9/18 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
9/19 Portland, OR @ Star Theater
9/20 Vancouver, BC @ The Astoria
9/21 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9/23 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
9/24 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
9/25 Chicago, IL @ The Metro
9/26 Detroit, MI @ Corktown Tavern
9/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
9/29 Toronto, ON @ The Cave
9/30 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
10/1 Montreal, QC @ L'aize
10/2 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
11/3 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
11/4 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
11/5 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
11/6 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter (no Muscle And Marrow)
11/7 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/8 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/10 Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
11/11 Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery
11/12 Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
11/13 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
11/15 San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater (Housecore Horror Fest)
11/17 Austin, TX @ Sidewinders
11/20 Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
11/21 San Diego, CA @ Hideout


Castle -- 2015 Tour Dates
11/5 Denver, CO @ Three Kings
11/6 Madison, WI @ The Wisco
11/7 Chicago, IL @ Reggies
11/8 Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
11/9 Milwaukee, WI @ Franks Power Plant
11/10 Detroit, MI @ Corktown
11/11 Rochester, NY @ Bugjar
11/12 Boston, MA @ O'Briens
11/13 Portland, ME @ Geno's
11/14 Montpelier, VT @ Charlie O's
11/15 Providence, RI @ Dusk
11/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron
11/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern
11/18 Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
11/19 Washington, DC @ The Pinch
11/20 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
11/21 Raleigh, NC @ The Maywood
11/22 Knoxville, TN @ Open Chord
11/23 Louisville, KY @ Highlands Taproom
11/24 Nashville, TN @ TBD
11/25 Little Rock, AR @ Vino's
11/26 Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note

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