Skeletonwitch have a new singer, Anvil touring, Despise You playing NYC before MDF, & more heavy news
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
photo: La Misma at Death By Audio in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As always, there's a ton of metal and hardcore stuff happening in the NYC area. Here's a roundup of some of the latest.
As we get ready for the annual giant Decibel tour that this year features Abbath, High On Fire, Tribulation and Skeletonwitch, we recently found out that, following the sad departure of longtime Skeletonwitch frontman Chance Garnette, the new vocalist on this tour and beyond will be Adam Clemans of the great Wolvhammer. As we wait to see whether he can fill those shoes, here are some recently-announced shows you might be interested in.
'80s dudes Anvil are touring a ton in in 2016, including a show in NYC at Black Bear on May 14 and in Long Branch, NJ at Brighton Bar on May 13. Tickets for Black Bear are on sale now, while you can get the NJ tickets at the door.
Local punks Crazy Spirit and Warthog have a show coming up at Palisades on March 12 with Sadist, Savageheads, Mommy, Nandas, Murderer and Spitehouse. Tickets are on sale now.
Also at Palisades, hardcore band La Misma will be playing with Sadist, Green Beret, Pure Disgust and Blood Pressure on April 15, and tickets for that are on sale now. La Misma are also opening for Framtid when they play the Acheron on March 25.
LA powerviolence legends Despise You are playing a NYC show right before they hit Maryland Deathfest. They'll be playing a show at Saint Vitus on May 26 with Yacoepsae, Sanitys Dawn, Whoresnation, Six Brew Bantha and Backslider. Tickets for that are on sale now.
Over at the Acheron on March 14, you'll have a chance to see the killer double-bill of LA blackened thrashers Witchaven and like-minded Dallas rippers Steel-Bearing Hand. Tickets for that are on sale now.
You can always do well to scope out what's going on with our metal experts over at Invisible Oranges. Like this week they've plumbed the depths of bandcamp to find some great stuff that you probably have never heard of. And they reviewed the excellent new Ghostlimb album, which you can stream below.
Now on to some reminders. Since we last spoke, much has been announced, like Black Dahlia Murder, Nails, Magic Circle/Ecstatic Vision, Krieg, Lamb of God/Corrosion of Conformity/Clutch, Graves at Sea, and Royal Thunder.
There's also five Killswitch Engage shows, Amon Amarth/Entombed A.D., The Sword/Purson, Dylan Carlson, Weekend Nachos, Kvelertak/Torche/Wild Throne, Grim Reaper, Magrudergrind/Mutilation Rites, Cauldron, Tau Cross, Unearth/Ringworm, Dragged Into Sunlight/Primitive Man/Cult Leader/Churchburn, UXO/Primitive Weapons, Behemoth/Myrkur, Ghost, Cannabis Corpse and Pig Destroyer/Dropdead/Full of Hell.
Not to mention Dysrhthmia/Artificial Brain, Poison Idea/Child Bite/Iron Reagan AND Poison Idea/Child Bite/Sheer Terror, Rivers of Nihil Krallice/Sabbath Assembly/Gnaw, Coffins/Noisem/Ilsa, Bell Witch/Wrekmeister Harmonies, Black Tusk, Taake, Young and In the Way, Vattnet Viskar, and Bongzilla/Black Cobra.
Thought there wasn't more? Think again. Abbath/High on Fire/Skeletonwitch/Tribulation, Abigail Williams/Fleshgod Apocalypse, Melvins/Napalm Death/Melt Banana, Cannibal Corpse/Obituary/Cryptopsy, Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer/Testament/Carcass, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden.
That about does it. Check out music from Steel-Bearing Hand, Witchaven, Warthog, Rotten Sound, Ghostlimb, and tour dates for Anvil, below...
Anvil -- 2016 Tour Dates
Union Scene Drammen, Norway February 18, 2016
Folken Stavanger, Norway February 19, 2016
BAKgården Haugesund, Norway February 20, 2016
Ricks Bergen, Norway February 21, 2016
Kick Kristiansand, Norway February 22, 2016
Train Aarhus, Denmark February 24, 2016
Kulturbolaget Malmö, Sweden February 25, 2016
Trädgår'n Gothenburg, Sweden February 26, 2016
Brynerocken Sundsvall, Sweden February 27, 2016
Fryshuset Stockholm, Sweden February 28, 2016
Tavastia Helsinki, Finland March 1, 2016
Kerubi Joensuu, Finland March 3, 2016
Lutakko Jyväskylä, Finland March 4, 2016
Rantasipi Vaasa, Finland March 5, 2016
Rock Cafe Tallinn, Estonia March 7, 2016
Fontaine Palace Liepāja, Latvia March 8, 2016
Progresja Warsaw, Poland March 10, 2016
Hellraiser Leipzig, Germany March 11, 2016
Framus & Warwick Music Hall Markneukirchen, Germany March 12, 2016
Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, Germany March 13, 2016
garajistanbul Istanbul, Turkey March 16, 2016
Universiada Hall Sofia, Bulgaria March 17, 2016
Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece March 18, 2016
Arxitektoniki Live Athens, Greece March 19, 2016
Essigfabrik Cologne, Germany March 22, 2016
Zeche Bochum, Germany March 23, 2016
Rock and Roll Garage Ostrava, Czech Republic March 25, 2016 Masters of Rock Café Zlin, Czech Republic March 26, 2016
MeetFactory Prague, Czech Republic March 27, 2016
Barba Negra Budapest, Hungary March 29, 2016
Backstage Munich, Germany March 31, 2016
VAZ Pfarrheim Burglengenfeld, Germany April 1, 2016
Kaminwerk Memmingen, Germany April 2, 2016
Z7 Pratteln, Switzerland April 3, 2016
La Riviera Madrid, Spain April 5, 2016 Madness In The Veins II
Totem Pamplona, Spain April 6, 2016
Razzmatazz 2 Barcelona, Spain April 7, 2016
Circolo Colony Brescia, Italy April 9, 2016
Dudok Tilburg, Netherlands April 12, 2016
Manchester Academy Manchester, England April 13, 2016
Riverside Newcastle, England April 14, 2016
Corporation Sheffield, England April 15, 2016
Tivoli Buckley, Wales April 16, 2016
The Waterfront Norwich, England April 17, 2016
O2 Academy Islington London, England April 19, 2016
Markthalle Hamburg, Germany April 21, 2016
halle02 Heidelberg, Germany April 22, 2016
MusicHall Geiselwind, Germany April 23, 2016
Postbahnhof Berlin, Germany April 24, 2016
Ralph's Rock Diner Worcester, Massachusetts May 12, 2016
The Brighton Bar Long Branch, New Jersey May 13, 2016
Black Bear New York, New York May 14, 2016
Bug Jar Rochester, New York May 15, 2016
Brauer House Lombard, Illinois May 18, 2016
3 Kings Denver, Colorado May 20, 2016
Metro Bar Salt Lake City, Utah May 21, 2016
The Pin Spokane, Washington May 26, 2016
Whiskey a Go Go Los Angeles, California June 1, 2016
Count's Vamp'd Las Vegas, Nevada June 2, 2016
Brick by Brick San Diego, California June 3, 2016
Pub Rock Scottsdale, Arizona June 4, 2016
Gas Monkey Garage Dallas, Texas June 9, 2016
Cowboy Harley-Davidson Austin, Texas June 11, 2016
Southport Hall New Orleans, Louisiana June 12, 2016
The Earl Atlanta, Georgia June 15, 2016
The Southgate House Revival Newport, Kentucky June 16, 2016
5th Quarter Lounge Indianapolis, Indiana June 17, 2016
The Foundry Cleveland, Ohio June 18, 2016