The Heavy Lowdown (Valentine’s Day edition): Deceased, Decapitated, Shirley Temple’s metal relevance, & more
By Doug Moore
TONITE! (...sort of, not really)
Real talk: the weather fucking sucked this week, and it shows few signs of improving over the weekend. On top of that, it's Valentine's Day today. Not brutal! (Or doubly brutal, depending on your inclinations.) But you guys are troopers, right? And there's a good amount of fun stuff going on this weekend:
Tonight (2/14): industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy are playing at Webster Hall along with Army of the Universe & Cult of Youth, though the show is sold out. Saint Vitus is hosting a more romantic event (by some definitions, anyway) -- the DLR-era Van Halen tribute band Bottom's Up.
Tomorrow (2/15): gnarly noise rock locals Fashion Week are playing an ABC No Rio matinee along with out-of-towners Manners, Dying, & Capacities. Rozamov's tour is hitting Acheron, with help from Godmaker, Eggnogg, & Crushed. Meanwhile, long-running death/thrashers Deceased will put in a one-off appearance at Saint Vitus alongside Fantom Warrior, Penetration, Sacrificial Blood, Exhumation, & Iron Force. Keep an eye on our nifty NYC metal show calendar for the latest. It rules.
In other news:
The great Polish death metal band Decapitated have entered the studio to record their sixth album.
Some grainy, 30-second streaming samples of the new Triptykon album are available on Amazon, if you're into that kind of thing.
Knelt Rote have canceled their appearance at Martyrdoom 2014, which is a bummer. On the bright side, Lord Mantis and Evoken have joined the bill.
Shirley Temple's passing reminded a lot of people that her daughter Lori Black was briefly a member of (the) Melvins, though Black's stint in also-ran thrashers Clown Alley continues to go uncelebrated.
The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced another spring tour. This one's with Tera Melos & Vattnet Viskar (the latter of whom are playing NYC soon), and while it doesn't stop in NYC, you can catch it if you schlep out to Hartford, CT on May 10. All tour dates are listed below.
Over in the IO corner:
We checked out great new tunes by New Light Choir, Behemoth, The Wounded Kings, and Xothist. We continued our career-spanning retrospective on Babylon Whores. We gave you the deets on all of this week's $$$-worthy new metal. And we spoke to NYC metal scene fixture Curran Reynolds (Wetnurse, Body Stuff, Today is the Day, & the Precious Metal Series) on our East Village Radio show. Tune in every Tuesday night at 10pm on EVR.com for ticket giveaways, interviews, and the best new riffage around.
The Dillinger Escape Plan tour dates and Buzz Ozborne stream below. Anything else?
The Dillinger Escape Plan/Tera Melos/Vattnet Viskar tour dates:
04/27 Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock Live
04/28 Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
04/29 Denver, CO - The Marquis Theater (feat. Kadavar)
05/01 Dallas, TX - Trees
05/02 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
05/03 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05/05 Little Rock, AR - Juanita's Cafe and Bar
05/06 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
05/07 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
05/10 Hartford, CT - The Webster Theater