by BBG

Dark Castle @ Union Pool (more by Sam Marble)
Dark Castle

In recent months, the upswing in metal coverage on BV has rendered the moniker "Week In Metal" unnecessary. Small blurbs in "WIM" (as we call it around here) about Dark Castle have given way to photosets from their shows and posting of tour dates as they happen. Chalk it up to progress.

Starting this week, we will introduce a bit of a new direction for the old Week In Metal column, but without straying too far from the previous. The new column, entitled Short Wave Warfare, will scale back a bit, focusing on news that falls below the radar as well as shining a spotlight on new bands and upcoming shows in the NYC area. It won't be weekly. I hope you enjoy it.

Stay tuned for more upcoming shows in addition to Coalesce at Europa, Magrudergrind at Cake Shop, and The Hope Conspiracy at Union Pool, as well as a year-end best of 2009 post from myself and some of my favorite artists.

Thanks for reading. News on Portal, Oxbow, Master's Hammer, a collaboration between sunn O))) and Ulver, a new Haiyaino Daisuki & Gridlink, Amenra, Earthride, Kreator, Mammoth Grinder and so much more as (the new) Short Wave Warfare continues below....


Do you think Portal goes to church?


If your new band features members of Portal, it's safe to say that riffs wil be grotesque and utterly badass. Impetuous Ritual delivers on said promise on their new LP, Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence with a swirl of punishing atonal guitars but less of the utter mayhem that marks a Portal release. Recommended! Dig on the first track to trickle out from the LP, "Ceremonial Disembowelment" above and pick up that LP here. In related news, Portal was recently interviewed by Invisible Oranges and played a launch party for their new album Swarth, and the pics are astonishing. Dig on one below, and check out a bunch here.

Oxbow has released a new and limited 12" on Hydra Head, Songs for the French, out NOW. Featuring three studio tracks and four culled from European live shows (undoubtedly where Eugene removed his pants), you can order yours here or win a copy of this limited LP by emailing us at BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with a subject line of "French Me"! In other Hydra Head news, the label will issue Harvey Milk's "Bob Weston Sessions" material (which surfaced as a limited 2xLP earlier this year) as a new CD on the label on 1/26.

Without touching on the current ongoing controversy with bootleg editions and the band, Master's Hammer have released their first album in fourteen years. Mantras is available directly through the band in CD, Digital and 180g vinyl formats. Stream portions of the entire record here.

If you missed it, we talked about the new Ludicra here, but you can download the new track above as well. Look for the band to hit the road in 2010!

The great Order from Chaos, which would go on to feature members of Revenge and Ares Kingdom, have returned, and scheduled a hometown (Kansas City on Jan 2, 2010) and a west coast show (LA on 1/16 with Gravehill). A Chicago, NYC, and San Antonio date is "in the works", but dig on the Order from Chaos flyer for the KC show below.

Order from Chaos

Haiyaino Daisuki has announced that their new EP, Invincible Gate Mind of the Infernal Fire Hell or did you mean Hawaii Daisuki?, is finally on the way, due on vinyl in Jan 2010 and on CD in March. Meanwhile, Jon Chang's other project, Gridlink, is prepping to record their new LP Orphan next year and will release the vinyl with a Bonus 12" of their previous LP, Amber Grey which will be two sided "with side A being the original mix (no bass) and side B being a new mix with a bass track by Ted Patterson" (of Burnt By The Sun). The remixed and newly bass-ed LP will be re-released with on CD as well.

Merrimack - "In The Halls of White Death" Video

Ohio's Fistula has followed up the awesome Burdened By Your Existence with a new EP, We The Beastout now via Choking Hazard. Dig on "Bi-Polar Bear" from that EP above. Fistula also has a split in the works with the mighty Ghast and are prepping to reissue vinyl for Hymns of Slumber via Hydro-Phonic Records. The Corey Bing side project Accept Death will also see the light of day on the label.

Sourvein are in the final throes of completion of their new album!

Chi-town doomers Indian are streaming a new song at their myspace.

Ulver Live

Besides all of the Ulver live rituals that have been happening as of late, the band has announced two interesting pieces of news lately regarding upcoming recording:

...We are painfully aware of the passing since Shadows. It's time to get another Ulver proper out, and we have started to write. Our own dark brand.

Subsidiarily: We have recorded some hippie songs, from the sixties, bands like The 13th Floor Elevators, Byrds, Jefferson Airplane and stranger Aquarian folks. We aim to make this into a full album, a kind of Ulver kicking against the pricks. We'll put up a rough mix of our take at I had too much to dream last night, next week.

There is also a collaboration with Sunn O))). We had a terrific tracking session with the Nazgûls after their appearance at the Øya festival well over a year ago. We spent a month or so editing the material and adding our sheen to the sound. Since then it has unfortunately been lying dormant due to difficulties getting everyone together. We hope to join forces and finish the thing this spring.

Speaking of sunn O))), Stephen O'Malley's project with James Plotkin and Aaron Turner entitled Lotus Eaters, have reissued Mind Control for Infants on 2xLP courtesy Taiga Records.

Amenra have released a new and mostly acoustic EP entitled Afterlife. The release is not the usual doom-and-gloom fare from the Belgians, as the EP serves to provide "comfort and solace to the band's newborn children after they are gone". Dig on a track from that EP above. In other news, check out Amenra on below. A good portion is interview (in their native tongue), but there are KILLER live clips that bookend the segment.

In the past couple months, Translation Loss has dropped a pair of notable releases including Struck By Lightning's Serpents and Fight Amp's Manners and Praise. Download one track from each LP above. Brutal Panda is set to release the Fight Amp LP on wax (they are also responsible for the recent split 7" with Black Tusk), with preorders ongoing here. Struck By Lightning, which features Greg Lahm of ex-Mouth Of The Architect fame, recently returned from a set of dates with Pelican and Black Cobra. No NYC dates are currently scheduled for either, but we'll keep you posted if that changes. Full Fight Amp dates are below.

Hooded MenaceHoodedHooded Menace is mixing their new album for Profound Lore as well as some material for split releases. In addition, the boys have released their 2007 demo The Eyeless Horde on cassette.

Though the body isn't really cold on last year's Antikosmos, Swedish black metallers Arckanum recently dropped another new LP, ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ via Moribund Records. Download "Þursvitnir" from that album above.

Vacant Coffin - "Leprosarium Tombs" VIDEO

Featuring members of Balboa and Towers, Philadelphia's Elder play a fierce brand of post-hardcore and have released their new LP Reflect via Forge Again Records. Buy a copy of that and/or their debut 10" here, stream the entire album here, and download "Friendly Fire" above.

Purveyors of pure Maryland Doom, Earthride, have begun work on their new LP.

Save the date. The Dillinger Escape Plan's Option Paralysis impacts on 3/23/10.

Mammoth Grinder - "Sentenced To Hell"

"Shamanic Doom" quartet Bong's 3CD live extravaganza Novum Castellum was a fascinating document earlier this year; sitar collides with minimalistic doom... it's what I expected Om to sound like when Al added a member of Grails. Now the minimalistic doom band is prepping a new live album called Gilgamesh Lives for Blackest Rainbow Records, and if you enjoy Om but with a heavier Eastern influence (and don't mind lo-fi recordings) pick up a copy.

Cathedral will release a new LP, The Guessing Game, this spring for Rise Above Records (vocalist Lee Dorian's label).

Metal-noise terrorists Wold will release Working Together For Our Privacy in mid-Feb via Profound Lore. The album features three compositions of "experimental, surreal, hypnotizing, and bizarre? material yet.

The Gates Of Slumber - "Blood & Thunder" Video

The previously discussed Buzzoven material will surface on Violence From The Vault, due in Jan via Relapse Records.

Harvey Milk - "I've Got A Love" at The Milestone

Final and Fear Falls Burning have completed a self-titled collaborative LP which is up for pre-order via Conspiracy Records. In case you missed in, Justin Broadrick's other project, Godflesh, is reuniting. Stream a few of those tracks at the FFB myspace.

Speaking of Fear Falls Burning, the band (and Nadja) recently contributed to Year of No Light's submissions to their split with with Machu Picchu Mother Future, a one off project featuring members of Lesbian, Conifer, and Souvenir's Young America. Stream MPMF's contributions at their myspace. AYONL's contributions will surface on a CD in the new year.

Pollution has released their new n.s. DRUGS 7" on Desensitized Records. More details can be found here.

Kill The Client have dropped a new split 7" with Thousandswilldie via RSR.

Acheron's "I am Heathen" Music Video from their new LP The Final Conflict: The Last Days Of God. Pick up a copy here.

Kreator has scheduled US tour dates including Nokia Theater on March 6th with Voivod (!), Nachtmystium, Lazarus AD, and Evile. Tickets are on presale here. Nachtmystium is currently working on Black Meddle II (the tentative title) to be recorded in January.

Lions of Tsavo is streaming a new song, "Blood Meridian", at their myspace.

Grand Magus has begun work on their new album, prepping to hit the studio in late December for a release on Roadrunner Records in Spring 2010.

Dec 9 - Gramercy Theater - Municipal Waste, Brutal Truth, Phobia, Cauldron
Dec 12 - The Charleston - Priestess, Early Man, Naam
Dec 12 - Studio @ Webster Hall - Tombs, Rosetta, Irepress, Junius
Dec 15 - 55 Waterbury - Southside Stranglers, Crazy Spirit, Subway Sadist
Dec 16 - Gramercy Theater - Marduk, Nachtmystium, Mantic Ritual, Black Anvil, Merrimack, Dimentianon
Dec 17 - The Charleston - Dysrhythmia, Bad Girlfriend, DBCR, The Austerity Program
Dec 18 - Europa - Vital Remains
Dec 21 - Lit Lounge - My America, Rising Up Rising Down, Radiation Black Body (mems Anodyne, Castevet, Defeatist), Torchbearer
Dec 27 - Stolen Sleeves - The Effort, Oak & Bone, The Helm, Black Kites
Dec 30 - Europa - Coalesce, Coliseum, A Storm of Light, My Skull Your Closet, Tournament
Jan 2 - Stolen Sleeves - Nazi Dust, Slevescene, Nomos, Lotus Fucker
Jan 6 - Knitting Factory - Hypno5e, Revocation, The Binary Code
Jan 10 - Knitting Factory - Krallice, Crucifist, Ancient Wound, Humanity Falls
Jan 15 - 538 Johnson - Brain Killer, Scapegoat, Omega5, Nomos, 5LOB 5
Jan 17 - BB King's - Pentagram, The Gates of Slumber

- Download all of Planks' material for FREE here, including their split with Tombs.
- Stream audio from the San Francisco date on the Marduk tour.
- Details on Kylesa's SUPER limited box set for Static Tensions here. Limited to 150!
- Audrey S of Amesouers is working with Lifelover on a new project.
- Dig on a new band featuring members of Playing Enemy, Kiss it Goodbye, Hemingway, Undertow, and others... Great Falls.
- Fenriz of Darkthrone was recently interviewed by Metalsucks. Also of note, MS interviewed Wade of Iron Age.
- Dig on a recent interview with Kirk Windstein and Pepper Keenan of Down here.
- Dig on an interview with Zoroaster courtesy of The Quietus.
- Shitstorm fans, make sure and pick up copies of the discography cassette here. While you're at it pick up the Torche Meanderthal Demos cassette, because after all, they both share members.
- Check out video of Nachtmystium live in Austin.

3/03/2010 Jaxx - West Springfield, VA*
3/04/2010 The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA*
3/05/2010 The Palladium - Worcester, MA*
3/06/2010 Nokia Theater - New York,NY*
3/07/2010 Club Soda - Montreal, QUE*
3/08/2010 Imperial De Quebec - Quebec City, QUE*
3/09/2010 Opera House - Toronto, ONT*
3/10/2010 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH*
3/11/2010 Blondie's - Detroit, MI*
3/12/2010 The Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL*
3/13/2010 Rave - Milwaukee, WI**
3/14/2010 Block Station 4 - St. Paul, MN***
3/16/2010 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO^
3/18/2010 Corazon - Seattle, WA^^
3/19 /2010 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC^^
3/20/2010 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR^^
3/21/2010 Slim's - San Francisco, CA^^
3/23/2010 House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA^^
3/24/2010 House of Blues - San Diego, CA^^
3/25/2010 The Rock - Tucson, AZ^^
3/27/2010 Emo's Alternative Lounging - Austin, TX^^
3/28/2010 Meridian - Houston, TX^^
3/30/2010 The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL^^
3/31/2010 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA^^

* w/KREATOR, Voivod, Nachtmystium, Evile, Lazarus A.D.
** w/KREATOR, Nachtmystium, Evile, Lazarus A.D.
*** w/KREATOR, Voivod, Nachtmystium, Evile, Lazarus A.D.
^ w/KREATOR, Evile, Lightning Swords Of Death, Lazarus A.D.
^^ w/KREATOR, Kataklysm, Evile, Lightning Swords Of Death, Lazarus A.D.

Fri Jan 8th - Baltimore, Md @ The Hexagon
Sat Jan 9th - Harrisonburg, VA @ The Blue Nile
Sun Jan 10th - Rock Hill, SC @ The Halfway House
Mon Jan 11th - Atlanta, GA @ Club 529
Tue Jan 12th - Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
Wed Jan 13th - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
Thu Jan 14th - Tallahassee, FL @ The Farside
Fri Jan 15th - New Orleans, LA @ Dragons Den
Sat Jan 16th - Austin, TX @ Trailer Space
Sun Jan 17th - Dallas, TX @ TBA
Mon Jan 18th - Las Cruces, NM @ The Trainyard
Tue Jan 19th - Tucson, AZ @ The Living Room
Wed Jan 20th - Tempe, AZ @ 23 West
Thu Jan 21st - San Diego, CA @ TBA
Fri Jan 22nd - Los Angeles, CA @ Vacation Vinyl
Fri Jan 22nd - Los Angeles, CA @ Relax Bar
Sat Jan 23rd - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Sun Jan 24th - Olivehurst, CA @ The Garage
Mon Jan 25th - Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
Tue Jan 26th - Flagstaff, AZ
Wed Jan 27th - Albuquerque, NM @ Atomic Cantina
Thu Jan 28th - Wichita, KS @ Kirby's Beer Store
Fri Jan 29th - Tulsa, OK @ Basement
Sat Jan 30th - Memphis, TN @ The Buccaneer
Sun Jan 31st - St Louis, MO @ Fubar
Mon Feb 1st - Indianapolis, IN @ The Dojo
Tue Feb 2nd - Chicago, IL @ White Star Bar
Wed Feb 3rd - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class