Seattle metal occultists Black Breath have confirmed that they will once again head to GodCity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts in November to start work on their third studio album with producer Kurt Ballou (Converge). The still untitled LP, which follows 2012′s Sentenced to Life (dig it below), is slated for release in early 2015 on Southern Lord Recordings.
The band has also revealed that they will be performing a special one-off headline gig at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus on December 14. Support on the bill is TBA. Tickets are on sale now.
We Came As Romans have confirmed that they will be joining forces with Chiodos for a U.S. co-headline tour that launches at the end of the year. The brief outing will feature opening support from Sleepwave and Slaves. New York will welcome the tour on December 14 at The Chance in Poughkeepsie and on December 16 at Irving Plaza in Manhattan. Pre-sale and VIP tickets are available now. General on-sale will commence this Saturday (11/1) at noon.
We Came As Romans are trekking in support of their latest studio album, Tracing Back Roots. Meanwhile, Chiodos‘ brand new LP, Devil, is out now on NYC-based imprint Razor & Tie.
Japanese alt metallers Maximum The Hormone recently returned to the U.S. (after a six year absence) to play a pair of highly anticipated and exclusive shows. The first appearance took place at ‘Knotfest’ this past weekend in San Bernardino, CA alongside the likes of Slipknot (duh), Danzig, Testament, Carcass and a ton of other acts. The second U.S. gig went down in New York City this past Monday night (10/27) at a special one-off headline concert at Best Buy Theater. The NYC show marked the band’s first ever headline show on American soil.
Maximum The Hormone hit the stage at around 9pm in-front of a very solid crowd at the Times Square venue, especially for a Monday night and for a band that is little-known on our side of the pond. Hardcore fans literally exploded into a mosh pit frenzy as the band kicked off their set with their 2005 hit single “What’s Up, People?!.” We’ve been to our fair amount of rock shows at BBT and we’ve never seen a crowd erupt into a craze like they did for MTH. From left to right, back to front not a single person was standing still on the main floor.
The band’s energy was equally non-stop as they ripped through a filling 15-track set, which leaned heavily toward the band’s latest LP, Yoshū Fukushū, with songs such as “Maximum the Hormone,” “A-L-I-E-N,” “Utsukushiki Hitobito no Uta,” “My Girl” and “Koi no Sperm,” along with other fan-favorite anthems like “Zetsubō Billy” and “Bikini Sports Ponchin.” The quartet also doled out comical stage banter in-between songs in their native language that captivated and enthralled the crowd, even going as far as teaching the audience how to do the “Chitsu” (vagina) jump. For fans of alt rock in the vein of System of a Down and Mike Patton, Maximum The Hormone is a band to check out (if you haven’t already).
Local tween shredders Unlocking The Truth, who recently filmed a new music video in Brooklyn, opened the show. Unfortunately we didn’t make it on time to catch them, but the general impression was that they kicked major ass. One super fan even told us that he thought their set was the band’s best NYC performance to date, even better than their recent headline gig at The Studio at Webster Hall. Damn!
Check out a few more shots from MTH‘s set below, courtesy of the band’s personal photographer Kazushi Hamano (thx bro!):
Korn have just embarked on a lengthy U.S. expedition supporting the mask-wearing metal beasts known as Slipknot. The trek, which also features special guest openers King 810 and is dubbed “The Prepare For Hell Tour,” launched this past weekend at the second installment of ‘Knotfest’ in San Bernardino, CA. The run’s closest NYC stop is scheduled to go down on December 6 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ (tix are still available).
Following the aforementioned tour, Korn will set out on a string of headline dates of their own, hitting Huntington, NY in the process for a return appearance at The Paramount on December 8. Tickets go on-sale to the public beginning this Friday (10/31) at 10am. Support for the show, if any, is TBA.
Korn is currently in the process of writing fresh material for a new studio album, the follow-up to 2013′s The Paradigm Shift, tentatively due out sometime next year.
Arch Enemy headlined the Best Buy Theater in New York City this past Friday night (10/24) with the help from legendary thrash metal band Kreator and fellow female-fronted act Huntress.
Huntress, an up-and-coming heavy metal band from California, impressed fans with their energetic opening set, complimented by the wicked facial expressions of lead singer, Jill Janus. Janus is originally trained as an opera singer, though her vocal range, spanning four octaves, allows her to add a classical touch while still keeping that heavy metal growl. Males in the audience loved when Janus began singing the band’s song “I Want To Fuck You To Death,” a track whose lyrics were originally written by Lemmy of Motorhead. The audience was shocked at the level set by the opening band and patiently awaited the next act to go on.
German heavy hitters Kreator came out, bringing the energy to another level. Fans quickly created a mosh pit in the middle of the venue and head-banged to old classics like “Extreme Aggression,”,“Pleasure To Kill” and “Phantom Antichrist.” American fans always appreciate the metal boys from Germany, continually keeping the energy alive for the band. Kreator, being one of the bands to help pioneer thrash metal, set the perfect mood for the headlining band of the night.
Arch Enemy began their set with the brutal “Enemy Within,” a song which was originally recorded with former singer Angela Gossow, but which new vocalist Alissa White-Gluz (formerly of The Agonist) made all her own. Alissa’s vocals seemed to tear the venue apart with thundering power behind her growls. The band’s chemistry on-stage appeared to be years strong and Alissa’s energy controlled the fans enough to make them do whatever she wanted. The Best Buy Theater was packed and raging with ongoing energy. The band eventually came out for 2 last songs, playing “Nemesis” and “Silent Wars.” Fans were more than appreciative towards the band for abiding their calls for an encore.
San Francisco-based post-metal quintet Deafheaven have been recruited to headline the second installment of the “Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour.” The free North American outing embarks next month and will feature various support acts in each market. New York City is set to host the trek on November 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. The Brooklyn gig will see support from NYC’s own pop rockers Beast Patrol.
All other dates can be viewed below. Tickets will become available starting tomorrow (10/29) at a link that will be posted on the band’s official Facebook page.
Metal behemoths Amon Amarth are currently conquering North America on a colossal tour that embarked last month on the West Coast and that features direct support from fellow Swedes Sabaton. The crusade, which also features openers Skeletonwitch, reared its ugly head in NYC two Saturdays ago (10/18) at a sold out Best Buy Theater.
The Manhattan show, as part of Decibel Magazine’s 10th anniversary bash, did not see Skeletonwitch performing, but instead saw opening support from special guests Vallenfyre, the British extreme super metal group featuring members of Paradise Lost, ex-My Dying Bride and At The Gates, who were performing in the U.S. for the first time ever. Skeletonwitch did slay NYC that night though, at their own special Decibel Mag-sponsored headline gig at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. The late-night and sold out BK gig also highlighted sets by Tri-State-based Evoken and Black Anvil, but did not see an appearance from Skeletonwitch frontman Chance Garnette, who didn’t show up to the show due to personal matters. Skeletonwitch went ahead and performed a rare instrumental set at the popular Greenpoint rock spot.
Right before AA‘s headline slot at Best Buy Theater, drummer extraordinaire Richard Christy (ex-Death, ex-Iced Earth, ‘The Howard Stern Show’) hit the stage to announce the 2015 ‘Decibel Magazine Tour’ lineup, which we now know consists of At The Gates, Converge, Vallenfyre and a special opener to be announced in December. As previously discussed, the tour storms Webster Hall on April 12.
All photos from Amon Amarth, Sabaton and Vallenfyre in NYC continue below:
Danish heavy metal titans Volbeat have announced a colossal North American trek for spring of next year with direct support coming from NYC’s own thrash metal legends Anthrax and special guest openers; PA hard rockers Crobot. The 2015 jaunt kicks off in late April in Denver, CO and runs through May hitting major markets such as Seattle, Montreal and Chicago, and comes to an end on June 2 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Ticket pre-sale goes down this Wed (10/29) with general on-sale starting on Halloween (10/31).
Volbeat are trekking in support of their highly praised 2013 studio effort, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. The band will soon begin work on a brand new studio album.
See a complete list of tour dates, with more TBA, below:
New York City’s very own hard rockers Mother have been out on the road supporting their self-released brand new EP, A New Life, which they unleashed earlier this year to critical acclaim. Last month the quartet let loose the official video for their new single “Ghost,” which was directed by Richard Giannotti from local ‘LookUp! Studios,’ and features various live clips, rehearsal footage and studio sessions. Make sure to check out the vid below.
In keeping up with the band’s road hustle, Mother have booked a return headline gig at Mercury Lounge in Manhattan for this upcoming Saturday (11/1). The night will also see performances by The Liza Colby Sound and Cracked Alice and will also serve as a birthday bash for Mother bassist Johnny Bass. This is a late show that starts at 10PM, advance tickets are available.
Local pint-size headbangers Unlocking The Truth will be filming a new music video in their hometown of Brooklyn, NY this upcoming Saturday (10/25) from 11am to 8pm. The band is seeking extras to take part in the shoot. If you are between 18-30 years old and want to partake in the activity, you may send a photo to UTTCASTING[at]gmail.com. Check out the official event flyer below.
In related news, UTT will be performing at Best Buy Theater in NYC this Monday night (10/27) as special guest support for Japanese alt metallers Maximum The Hormone, as previously mentioned. Tickets are still available.