Sludge/doom metal quartet Graves at Sea will be releasing their highly anticipated debut album, The Curse That Is, on April 1st via Relapse Records, marking their first full-length effort in the band’s almost 15 years of existence (pre-order). The album’s title-track premiered through The Obelisk last month and can be listened to below.
Graves at Sea will also be embarking on a two-week-long U.S. tour in support of the impending record. Exact dates and venues are still being sorted out, though a gig in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus has been set for April 17 with Georgia dark rockers Order of the Owl and local funeral doomers Fórn [tix]. Check out all confirmed GaS dates after the new song stream.
Finnish grindy gore fiends Rotten Sound will be unleashing their seventh studio offering and first record in five years, Abuse to Suffer, on March 18th through Season of Mist. A new song titled “Brainwashed” was released online earlier this week (thanks to Lambgoat) — make sure to stream that below.
Additionally, the band will be joining forces with Abigail Williams (who play in NYC tonight) and Cult Leader (who play in BK this summer) for a spring European tour. The band will then head to the U.S. for an appearance at MDF 2016 in Baltimore.
Lucky for us, a one-off headline show in NYC at Brooklyn’s The Acheron has been revealed for May 25. The gig will feature killer support from Deathcycle, White Widows Pact, Carcosa and Grudges. Ticket info is tba. Check out all upcoming RS dates after the new track.
Finnish symphonic/power metal horde Sonata Arctica have begun production on their ninth full-length studio album (still untitled), the follow-up to 2014′s Pariah’s Child. The new effort is scheduled for a late 2016 release through Nuclear Blast. This past xmas, the band released a special new single called “Christmas Spirits,” which you can download here and stream below.
Starting next week, the melodic heroes will be hooking up with Nightwish and Delain for an almost six-week-long North American tour. The trek doesn’t roll through New York City, though Sonata Arctica have booked a proper NYC headline show at Stage 48 for April 3 with Gothic Knights, Shadow Strike and Symfinity [tix]. Following that tour and supporting the new record, the gang will join up with adventure metallers and fellow label-mates Twilight Force for a European run in the fall.
The annual “Black N’ Blue Bowl” is set to overrun New York City the weekend of May 14th at Webster Hall. Earlier this week, the “Black N’ Blue Takeover” radio show, which broadcasts from East Village Radio, dropped the first details regarding this year’s lineup.
The following seven bands have been confirmed thus far for the two-day event: California punk rock experts Adolescents, NYHC legends Madball (playing 1996′s Demonstrating My Style LP w/ vet guitarist Matt Henderson), the return of Bronx’s own Billy Club Sandwich (celebrating 20 years as a band), German hardcore bunch Ryker’s, NJ brawlers Blind Justice, tri-state area straight edge crew Regulate, and Jacksonville, FL crossover act Rhythm of Fear.
More bands will be announced very soon, along with ticket info. We’ll make sure to keep you up-to-date. In the meanwhile, hype up with some tunes below…
Bluesy rock supergroup Delta Deep – featuring vocalist/guitarist Phil Collen (Def Leppard), bassist Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), singer Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Michael Buble, Gregory Hines) and drummer Forrest Robinson (India Arie, Joe Sample) – have confirmed fresh east coast dates for their “Sugar Shack” tour.
Kicking off next month, the 8-date foray (with more shows tba) cruises through markets like DC, PA, NJ and New York for a stop in NYC at B.B. King on April 3 [tix], Pawling at Daryl’s House on April 6 [tix], and Bay Shore at the YMCA Boulton Center on April 8 [tix]. A full tour scheduled has been posted below.
The collective will be going on the road in support of their forthcoming live album, which they recorded last month on the west coast leg of their “Sugar Shack” tour. Check out a few live clips of the band in action after the dates.
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has set April 15th as the official street date for his new covers album, Origins Vol. 1, through eOne Music. The 12-track effort will see the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer take on hits from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Thin Lizzy with the help from an all star lineup of guests such as Slash, Lita Ford and Paul Stanley (marking their first studio recording together in 18 years). A new track in the form of a cover of Cream‘s “White Room” recently premiered via Rolling Stone, and can be streamed below.
Additionally, Ace Frehley will soon set out on a 3-week-long U.S. tour with two previously announced shows in NYC at B.B. King on April 11 and April 12 [tix on-sale now]. More dates were recently added to the run, including a stop in Huntington, NY at The Paramount on April 13 [tix], and Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance on April 16 [tix]. An updated list of dates can be viewed at the end of this post.
Ace will be joined on the road by rhythm guitarist/vocalist Richie Scarlet, bassist/vocalist Chris Wyse (ex-The Cult) and drummer Scott Coogan (ex-Brides of Destruction).
As previously posted, The Smashing Pumpkins will be joining up with Liz Phair for an acoustic North American tour in the spring being called “In Plainsong.” The run comes through NYC on April 4 and April 5 for two completely sold-out shows at Beacon Theatre (re-sale tix available). Due to overwhelming demand, a third show at Beacon Theatre has been scheduled for April 6, with tickets going on sale to the general public starting tomorrow (2/12) at 11am, here. All updated dates are below.
Following this tour, The Pumpkins will be hitting the studio to record a new album inspired by the “In Plainsong” tour.
Atlanta heavy rock foursome Royal Thunder will soon hook up with The Sword for the first half of their “High Country Tour.” As mentioned, the trek hits New York City at Brooklyn Bowl on May 17, sans Royal Thunder and with Purson instead [tix on sale now].
Following that run, Royal Thunder will return to NYC for a proper one-off headline show at Saint Vitus on April 16, with tickets available for purchase now, here. All upcoming RT shows are posted below.
The band are hitting the road in support of their sophomore full-length album Crooked Doors, which they dropped last year on Relapse Records (stream it below).
Norma Jean, He Is Legend, Forevermore and Rival Choir have confirmed a U.S. tour together, commencing next month in Georgia and running through the following month, ending in Texas. New York gigs on the spring run include Rochester at Water Street Music Hall on March 30, Long Island at Amityville Music Hall on April 1, and Brooklyn at Saint Vitus on April 2. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (2/12) at noon, here. All dates are listed after the break.
Norma Jean recently completed production on their upcoming seventh studio album (still untitled), the follow-up to 2013′s Wrongdoers — expect the new effort sometime this year. He Is Legend also recently wrapped up recording on a crowdfunded new album (also untitled), following 2014′s Heavy Fruit — also out sometime soon.
Noise rock trio Sweet Cobra have announced a North American tour for next month, alongside fellow Chicago-based rock/metal acts Bloodiest and Electric Hawk. The 10-day trip takes place mainly on the east coast, with New York stops in the form of Syracuse at Gorham Brothers Music on March 5 [tix], and Brooklyn at Saint Vitus on March 7 [tix]. All dates can be viewed at the end of this post.
Sweet Cobra are touring in support of their fourth studio album, Earth, out now on Magic Bullet Records (stream it below). A music video for the single “Future Ghosts” was also released (watch that below, as well).