by Black Bubblegum

Yes, that is a clock on his head.

Portal is currently prepping their new album, Swarth, for release via Profound Lore on 10/20. For the unaware, Portal is definitely an odd duck (in the best way possible!), as the Aussies employ discordant chord patterns ala French BM masterminds Deathspell Omega, and a generally discomforting atmosphere abounds. Dig on the extremely promising "Larvae" from Swarth available above! The abstract blackened death metal band from Australia is also one of a few bands that have already been announced for Maryland Deathfest 2010 along with additions like Gorguts, Asphyx, Wolfbrigade, Gridlink, Impaled, and many many noteable others! Full MDF list is below.

Mammoth Grinder has released their new LP, Extinction of Humanity, which is available via Cyclopean Records. The band, which (as we know) shares members with Hatred Surge & Iron Age, combines an old school death metal approach of Entombed / Dismember with the charge of hardcore. Their new LP delivers on the promises made on No Results. Check out a pair of MP3s from Extinction of Humanity available for download above!

As previously discussed, Gnaw Their Tongues are releasing All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity on 9/8 via Crucial Blast. Check out a song from the LP above, "Rife With Teeth".

In case you somehow missed it, the new Converge track, "Dark Horse" premiered on Stereogum last week. Axe To Fall has been in heavy rotation since I received a copy of this bad boy a few weeks ago, and I think that this could be their best record since Jane Doe. Check out the MP3 above and judge for yourself.


Their show with sunn O))) / Earth / Eagle Twin is little more than three weeks away (tix), and now Pelican has dropped a new MP3 for download from their LP, What We All Come To Need. Dig on "Strung Up From The Sky" above. Helmed by Chris Common (These Arms Are Snakes) in July and featuring appearances from Greg Anderson (sunn O))), Goatsnake, etc), Aaron Turner (Isis), Ben Verellen (Harkonen, Helms Alee), and Alan Epley (Life And Times), the new album is set to blast off at their new home, Southern Lord. Look for Pelican to hit the road with Black Cobra and Disappearer for a fall tour. Black Cobra also recently signed to Southern Lord.

As previously discussed, Kowloon Walled City, is currently prepping their new LP Gambling On The Richter Scale for release 9/29 on The Perpetual Motion Machine. Preorders for the new Kowloon Walled City are up here, but meanwhile, dig on one of the tracks from the LP, "Clockwork", above.

More on Teitanblood, Heims, Slow Southern Steel, Rise & Fall, Municipal Waste, Circle Of Dead Children, and many more as This Week in Metal continues...

Due to the fact that BV is primarily a live music blog, there will always be a few great bands that deserve a mention yet don't because of their limited/no live dates. I'd like to remedy that, starting with Teitanblood! Seven Chalices dropped earlier this year on The Ajna Offensive and combines black metal and death metal with the filthiest of approaches... you can tell that this band cares less about being exacting and technical and more about being the most blasphemous band in existence. The Left Hand Path recently interviewed Teitanblood.

In that same vein, the (waaaay) out-there black metallers Circle of Ouroborus deserve a mention. Black metal may be the construct, but COO has also been compared to bands like Joy Division and Dead Can Dance as much as to the Norwegian godfathers. COO recently dropped Tree of Knowledge via Hospital Productions and profiled by WFMU who is hosting a pair of MP3s from the band.

Finally, a third band that falls into that category, Heims, an Italian one-man black metal project who released Worship Or Die on Moribund in July. Icy black metal collides with dark ambiance on this punishing and highly reccommended LP. For more on Heims, check out a recent Show No Mercy profile here.

As previously discussed, Merrimack is scheduled to hop on the Marduk / Nachtmystium / Black Anvil / Mantic Ritual extravaganza that will impact Gramercy this December. The French black metal band which contains ex-members of Glorior Belli and Corpus Christii, recently dropped their newest offering to the dark lord on Moribund, Grey Rigorism. Dig on one of those tracks, "In The Halls Of White Death" available for download above.

Slow Southern Steel Documentary Trailer

Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records has released a compilation featuring contributions from Eyehategod, Soilent Green, Haarp, Evil Army, and many others. Pick that up here. The label will also reissue the bulk of the Crowbar back catalog. Down (featuring Phil & Kirk of Crowbar) is scheduled to square off with Melvins, Weedeater, and Evil Army at Nokia on 9/11 (tix). Eyehategod is scheduled to team up with Goatwhore and Pig Destroyer on 10/24 (tix).

Belgian hardcore monsters Rise & Fall are gearing up to release Our Circle Is Vicious on 10/27 via the mighty Deathwish, scheduling a gang of US tour dates in the process. Though none are in NYC, the band has scheduled a show out on LI and in Edison, NJ. Full tour dates are below.

Pittsburgh deathgrinders Circle of Dead Children have completed recording of Psalm of the Grand Destroyer, sending the tracks off to Scott Hull for mastering. The effort, their first release since 2005's Zero Comfort Margin, is due this winter via Willowtip. Speaking of Willowtip, the label has signed Squash Bowels who will release their new LP Grindvirus on October 20.

Municipal Waste - "Wrong Answer"

Ambient droners Transitional are prepping their new album Stomach Of The Sun for release on 9/22 via Conspiracy. Stream the entire thing here. Conspiracy will also release the pic disc edition of the Boris LP Feedbacker.

UK noise-metallers Taint have announced All Bees To The Sea E.P, a new 12" EP that will be paired with a digital download and will include a full live set from Roadburn 2008. The limited edition EP will be available on vinyl only, but will see a CD release in the new year. More details here.

Starkweather has signed with Deathwish! Congrats guys! The band has announced a pair of splits with the label as well as an upcoming LP in the works!

More details are trickling our atbout Roadburn 2010, including this tasty little morsel, Candlemass will perform all of their classic Epicus Doomicus Metallicus with Johan Längquist on vocals in celebration of their 25th Anniversary! The set will also include newer material with vocalist Robert Lowe as part of a two hour set. More details are to come, til then, dig on the flyer below!

Guy Pinhas of Goatsnake/The Obsessed goes record shopping

9/3 - The Charleston - Overmars, Battlefields
9/3 - Fontana's - Black Anvil
9/4 - Rockstar Bar - Weekend Nachos, The Communion, Unmen, Buckshot Facelift
9/6 - Public Assembly - Gnaw, Mick Barr, Castevet, Period
9/6 - Europa - Toxic Holocaust, Atakke, Howl, Battletorn
9/7 - Lit Lounge - Dark Castle, Orphan, The Body, Malkuth
9/7 - Lit Lounge - Orphan, Dark Castle, The Body, Malkuth
9/8 - Alligator Greenpoint - Fight Amp
9/9 - Roseland - Motorhead, Nashville Pussy, Rev Horton Heat
9/9 - Terminal 5 - Boredoms, Lichens
9/9 - Union Pool - Gigan, Lecherous Nocturne, Wetnurse
9/10 - The Charleston - Southern Lord special guest, Naam
9/10 - Union Pool - The Psychic Paramount
9/11 - Nokia Theater - Down, Melvins, Weedeater, Evil Army
9/12 - MHOW - Naked Raygun, Paint It Black
9/14 - Europa - Urgehal, Spearhead, Black Anvil, Eyes of Noctum
9/15 - The Studio @ Webster Hall - Endless Boogie
9/17 - Europa - Cable
9/18 - Europa - Black Anvil, Cold Northern Vengeance
9/19 - MHOW - ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
9/19 - Union Pool - Mick Barr, Nadja
9/20 - Bowery Ballroom - YOung Widows
9/21 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Gojira, Zoroaster, Burst
9/21 - Lit Lounge - SubArachnoid Space, oVo
9/22 - Brooklyn, Masonic Temple - sunn 0))), Earth, Pelican, Eagle Twin
9/24 - The Charleston - SubArachnoid Space, oVo
9/25 - Knitting factory - SubArachnoid Space, oVo, GNaw, Child Abuse
9/25 - Europa - Hellbastard, Resistant Culture
9/25 - Santos - Rorschach, Celebrity Murders
9/26 - The Studio @ Webster Hall - Goes Cube, The Giraffes
9/27 - Union Pool - Hull, Batillus
9/28 - Public Assembly - Destroyer 666, Negative Plane, Open Grave, Agrath
9/28 - Bowery Ballroom - Mono, Maserati
9/29 - Gramercy - Obituary, Goatwhore, Krisiun, Berzerker, Warbringer
10/2 - Cake Shop - Burnt By The Sun, Black Anvil, Tombs, Bloodhorse
10/3 - ABC No Rio - Cannabis Corpse, Infernal Stronghold
10/3 - The Charleston - Cannabis Corpse, Infernal Stronghold
10/4 - Union Pool - Woe, Aluk Todolo, Malkuth, Castevet
10/4 - The Charleston - Goes Cube, Hipster Holocaust, Zombifying Venom, Dead Unicron

Claws - Absorbed in the Nethervoid
Gorod - Process of a New Decline
Keelhaul - Keelhaul's Triumphant Return To Obscurity
Black Anvil - Time Insults the Mind
Lewd Acts - Black Eye Blues
Struck By Lightning - Serpents
Weekend Nachos - Unforgivable
Municipal Waste - Massive Aggressive
3 Inches Of Blood - Here Waits Thy Doom
Gnaw Their Tongues - All The Dread Magnificence Of Perversity

- Stream the esssential new Keelhaul LP here.
- Baroness is streaming TWO new tracks from their upcoming LP The Blue Record.
- The boys in Cough were interviewed by Nodus Gordis.
- The Dillinger Escape Plan record their new album on 9/7. Dig on demos from that record here and here.
- Caina are NOT neo-nazis!
- Sets by Nadja, Grey Daturas, and Gomer Pyle at Roadburn 2009 were posted for download.
- Fenriz names faves Hooded Menace as his band of the week.
- Fu Manchu will release a new LP, Signs Of Infinite Power, via Century Media on 10/19. The Cali band will celebrate their 20th year on this earth in 2010
- Keep of Kalessin is currently working on their follow-up to Kolossus.
- Doomers Hey Collossus will team up with Dethscalator for a split LP on Riot Season due in September. The release is limited to 500 copies and available here.
- Triptykon, the newest project featuring Tom Warrior of ex-Celtic Frost fame, is currently grinding away on the new LP which now has a name: Eparistera Daimones.

GORGUTS (Canada)
ASPHYX (Netherlands)
PESTILENCE (Netherlands)
NAGLFAR (Sweden)
MELECHESH (Netherlands)
SINISTER (Netherlands)
PORTAL (Australia)
NAZXUL (Australia)
ROMPEPROP (Netherlands)
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
INGROWING (Czech Republic)
GOROD (France)
JESUS CRÖST (Netherlands)

10/2 Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up w/ Guns Up, Bracewar, Disnihil
10/3 Long Island, NY @ Ronkonkoma American Legion Hall w/ Guns Up!, Bracewar, more
10/4 Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary w/ Guns Up!, Bracewar, Disnihil, Title Fight
10/5 Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar w/ Bracewar, Creatures
10/6 Richmond, VA @ Alley Katz w/ Bracewar, Creatures
10/7 Raleigh, NC @ Brewery w/ Bracewar, Creatures
10/8 West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern w/ Bracewar, Creatures
10/9 Atlanta, GA @ PS Warehouse w/ Bracewar, Creatures
10/10 Birmingham, AL @ Green Cup w/ Bracewar, Creatures
10/11 Little Rock, AR @ Vinos w/ Bracewar, Creatures
10/12 1919 Hemphill @ Fort Worth, TX w/ Bitter End, Mammoth Grinder, Creatures
10/13 Austin, TX @ Emo's w/ Bitter End, Mammoth Grinder, Creatures
10/14 San Antonio, TX @ Ten Eleven w/ Bitter End, Mammoth Grinder, Creatures
10/15 Tucson, AZ @ Living Room w/ Creatures
10/16 San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe w/ Ceremony, Lewd Acts, Black Breath
10/17 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Ceremony, Lewd Acts, Black Breath
10/18 Salinas, CA @ Building E w/ Ceremony, Lewd Acts, Black Breath
10/19 Las Vegas, NV @ Eastside Joes w/ Creatures
10/20 Albuqeurque, NM @ Taylair w/ Creatures
10/21 Denver, CO @ Blast O Mat w/ Creatures
10/22 Kansas City, MO @ Mission Theatre w/ Creatures
10/23 St Louis, MO @ Fubar w/ Harms Way, Creatures
10/24 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Harms Way, Creatures
10/25 Indianapolis, IN @ Murphy Building w/ Harms Way, Creatures
10/26 Cincinnati, OH @ Warsaw Arena w/ Harms Way, Creatures
10/27 Romeo, MI @ Static Age w/ Harms Way, Creatures
10/28 Cleveland, OH @ Tower 2012 w/ Harms Way, Creatures
10/29 Lemoyne, PA @ Championship w/ Cold World, Creatures
10/30 Edison, NJ @ Clara Burton Hall w/ Cold World, Creatures
10/31 Albany, NY @ Valentines w/ Cold World, Creatures, Title Fight, more
11/01 Holyoke, MA @ Waterfront Tavern w/ Cold World, Death Before Dishonor, more

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