By Doug Moore

Aesop Dekker with Agalloch, MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)


This weekend marks the sixth installment of Dreams Were Made for Mortals, the metal-oriented group art show curated by Dysrhythmia/Krallice visual artist Karlynn Holland. The show will take place at Saint Vitus on Sunday (1/19) and will run until late. Notable artists include Krallice guitarist & all-around shred maven Mick Barr, Agalloch/Ludicra drummer Aesop Dekker, Candiria axeman John LaMacchia, & BV photographers Caroline Harrison and Lukas Hodge. There are some notable DJs too, including Mike Hill of Tombs, Primitive Weapons frontman/Saint Vitus event coordinator Dave Castillo, and a mix by the British doom band Conan.

Speaking of Agalloch, have we mentioned that they were in the studio recently?

The Invisible Oranges co-presented A389 Tenth Anniversary Bash starts in earnest down in Baltimore today (1/17). Tickets will be available at the door if you're in town and didn't think ahead.

Some closer-to-home live heavy music options for this weekend include Cleanteeth at the Acheron tonight, Malignancy / Dracaris / Hammer Fight at Tobacco Road on Saturday (1/18), and Gnaw / Sonic Suicide Squad / Insect Ark Saturday at the Acheron. Don't forget to keep an eye on our badass New York Metal Show Calendar for the latest.

The 2014 package tour season is officially underway too. The Amon Amarth / Enslaved / Skeletonwitch tour gets started tonight in Las Vegas -- we started giving away tickets to select dates on IO's East Village Radio show. Don't forget to tune in every Tuesday at 10pm for giveaways, interviews, and loads of killer tunes. The Amon Amarth tour hits NYC on February 4. We're also giving away tickets to this year's awesome installment of the Metal Alliance Tour, which features Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate, and which hits NYC on April 19.

The great death metal band Wormed have signed to Season of Mist and are writing material for the follow-up to 2013's killer Exodromos.

Members of local live mainstays Mutilation Rites and Magrudergrind have formed a sludge side project called Ruine. Stream a track below.

Over on IO this week, we spoke to Pelle Åhman of In Solitude and investigated the world of all-female Japanese power metal bands. We streamed new music by Warfather, Astrophobos, Ered Wethrin, and Solar Halos (whom we also interviewed). And, as ever, we ran down all the new metal fit to buy.

What else?

Dreams Were Made For Mortals participants

Sophie Penrose
Mick Barr
Aesop Dekker
Karlynn Holland
Justin Scurti
Laura Grenier
Mar Bar
Yaeshua Ratti
Joe Milazzo
Jennifer Babcock
Scott Murphy
Caroline Harrison
John LaMacchia
Lukas Hodge
Gretchen Heinel
Nicole Salgar
Kathryn Fuller
Erin Canavan

Kristen Korvette
Nikki Sneakers
David Castillo
Soren Roi
Pieter Schoolwerth
Nick Didkovsky
Mix by Conan
Michael Hill

January 17 - Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
January 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
January 20 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
January 21 - Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
January 22 - Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
January 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
January 25 - Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
January 26 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
January 27 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues (no Skeletonwitch)
January 29 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
January 30 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVA
January 31 - Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
February 1 - Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
February 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
February 4 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
February 7 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
February 8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
February 9 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
February 11 - Denver, CO @ Summit Theatre
February 12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater
February 14 - San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
February 15 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
February 16 - San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues (no Enslaved)

Behemoth, 1349, Goatwhore, Inquisition, Black Crown Initiate tour dates
Apr 04 Club Red Tempe, AZ
Apr 05 House of Blues - Sunset Strip West Hollywood, CA
Apr 06 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
Apr 08 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
Apr 11 House of Blues- Dallas Dallas, TX
Apr 12 Emo's Austin, TX
Apr 13 House of Blues- Houston Houston, TX
Apr 15 The Beacham Orlando, FL
Apr 16 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
Apr 17 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
Apr 19 Irving Plaza New York, NY
Apr 22 Club Soda Montreal, QC
Apr 23 The Opera House Toronto, ON
Apr 24 Agora Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Apr 25 House of Blues- Chicago Chicago, IL
Apr 26 Skyway Theater- Studio B Minneapolis, MN
Apr 27 The Garrick Winnipeg, MB
Apr 29 MacEwan Hall Calgary, AB
Apr 30 Union Hall Edmonton, AB
May 02 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC
May 03 Studio Seven Seattle, WA

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