Stoner doom metal legends Sleep are currently embarked on a handful of rare U.S. dates that commenced this past weekend in Boston at the House of Blues. Composed of members of High on Fire and OM, the trio set out on their mini-trek on the heels of the release of the band’s first official song in over a decade dubbed “The Clarity,” which they unleashed last month as part of this year’s “Adult Swim Summer Singles” (stream the track at the end of this post).
Cisneros, Pike and Roeder set ablaze Stage 48 (now being booked by the fine folks over at Bowery Presents) this past Monday (8/25) for a sold-out congregation at the Hell’s Kitchen, NYC venue with help from Brooklyn-by-way-of-North Carolina alt-rockers Holy Sons. Sleep captivated The Big Apple with a hefty 85 minute set that kicked off with “Sonic Titan” off of the band’s historical Dopesmoker full-length, and continued with many fan-favorite classics including “Holy Mountain,” “From Beyond,” and “The Druid” from 1993′s Holy Mountain LP, as well as a lengthy version of “The Clarity,” which blended into the night’s final song, “Cultivator.”
More photos from Sleep‘s jam-packed set can be viewed below. In related news, Al Cisneros‘ other band, OM, will be in NYC on October 5th for a gig at Le Poisson Rouge (as previously announced). Tickets are still available.
Virginia-based heavy/doom metal legends Pentagram will be returning to the road later this year for a round of headline dates across the Midwest and East Coast. Support on the run will come from Iowa psychedelic rock trio Radio Moscow, Philly hard rock pioneers Bang, Brooklyn’s own Kings Destroy and Canadian occultists Blood Ceremony (on select dates).
The trek is scheduled to launch on October 23 in Chicago and runs through November in Providence, RI, with more dates TBA. New York City will host the tour on November 1 at Gramercy Theatre (with Blood Ceremony, no Radio Moscow). NYC ticket info is forthcoming (most other tickets are on sale now).
Pentagram‘s latest album, Last Rites, is out now via Metal Blade Records. Stream the band’s latest single, ‘Call the Man,’ and check out a confirmed list of dates, below …
Slake in New York City played host to a line-up of great local post-hardcore and metal bands on August 22nd with nu-metal headliners 40 Below Summer. The venue’s façade is barely noticeable, however, once inside you are transported into a coven-like domain with dimly lit chandeliers, and a balcony sitting over the high stage and audience.
Hailing from New Jersey, 40 Below Summer, who formed in 1998, played their first NYC show in almost a year this past Friday night, bringing along with them old friends Dizneyfist, who hadn’t performed together in nearly 10 years. 40 Below Summer lead singer Max Illidge performed with rapid fire-esque screaming vocals into the mic that transported the audience to the “40 Below” zone, with music off of their fourth major album Fire At Zero Gravity which they released under record label Super Massive Music Group on April 30, 2013. 40 Below Summer can be described as an act that channels influences from Mastodon to Slipknot to Drowning Pool and others.
The audience was the most engaging during their singles, “Wither Away,” “We The People,” and “Endorphins” from their popular Rain album released in 2007. Opening acts included Pralaya, Apparition, When Winter Fell, Dizneyfist and special guest host Tim “No 37″ Martinez.
40 Below Summer is Max Illidge on vocals, Joey D’Amico on rhythm guitar, David Mondragon on lead guitar, Derrick Klybish on bass guitar and Anthony Devizio on drums. For more info on the band, check them out on Facebook and via their official site.
Also make sure to check out more photos from 40BS‘ set below:
Massachusetts metallers Unearth and Washington, D.C. metalcore unit Darkest Hour have announced a co-headline tour across North America for later this year dubbed ‘The Hell Or High Wattage Tour.’ Support on the voyage will come from Carnifex, Origin, I, The Breather and Black Crown Initiate. The 10-day stint kicks off in Montreal, QC on October 13 and is set to conclude in Winston-Salem, NC on October 22, tagging various markets along the way including Rochester, NY on October 17 at the Montage Music Hall, and NYC on October 19 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Upstate ticket info is TBA, Manhattan tickets go on sale this Friday (8/29) at 10am.
It was also announced today that Unearth will be releasing their sixth studio album, Watchers of Rule, on October 28 via eOne Music. The new LP was produced by Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, DevilDriver).
Earlier this month saw the release of Darkest Hour‘s eighth studio album (a self-titled LP) through Sumerian Records.
Static-X frontman Wayne Static has confirmed a fall co-headline U.S. run beside Boston alt metal superheroes Powerman 5000 and Minnesota’s American Head Charge supporting most dates. Mr. Static offered the following on the upcoming tour:
2014 has been an awesome year! We just finished up the 15th anniversary Wisconsin Death Trip tour. I’ve got the best band behind me that I’ve ever had, and I am very excited to round out the year with a co-headline tour with Powerman 5000. It’s another 15th anniversary tour! It’s a testament to both bands that we are both still going strong and the timing is perfect for us to tour together again. I am equally excited to share the stage with American Head Charge again. I believe it was 2005 when we toured together last. This is a great line up and this tour is gonna kill!
The trek sets off on November 6 in Waterloo, IA and is scheduled to run through November 30 in McCallen, TX. New York stops on the journey include a show at The Lost Horizon in Syracuse, NY on November 14 with Armed With Valor and One Step From Falling (tix), and a gig at B.B. King in NYC on November 16 with 9 Electric (tix).
Wayne Static is presently working hard on his new solo album, the follow-up to 2011′s Pighammer effort. Powerman 5000 just unleashed a new full-length album dubbed Builders of the Future via T-Boy Records. American Head Charge are working on new material as well, the band has not released a new full-length album since The Feeding in 2005.
As previously posted, NWOBHM vets Raven have been recruited as special guest support for Accept‘s headline show at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre on September 15 (tickets are still available). Now, it has been announced that Raven will be embarking on their “North American Extermination Tour 2014″ later this year with California heavy metal beasts Night Demon supporting. The fall outing kicks off at the start of October in Pompano Beach, FL and continues through November hitting Macs Bad Art Bar in Syracuse, NY on November 19, and Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on November 21. Ticket info is forthcoming.
It was also recently announced that Raven has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer for the release of their new studio album in February 2015. The upcoming record is the follow-up to the band’s 2009 Walk Through Fire LP.
Charleston, West Virginia-based heavy metallers Byzantine will be joining forces with Rhode Island metallic crew Thy Will Be Done and New York City’s own IKILLYA for an upcoming fall tour dubbed ‘The Release and Resolve Tour 2014.’ Dates have not been announced just yet, though it has been revealed that the trek will land in NYC on October 23 as part of Skateboard Marketing Ltd. and ReverbNation’s CMJ showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall. The Manhattan event is being sponsored by E1 Music, Good Fight Music and The End Records, and will run you $12 in advance or $15 at the door. This will be an early show, doors open at 6:30pm. Peep the show flyer below.
Speaking of Byzantine, the band is currently running a PledgeMusic campaign to fund the release of their fifth studio album, To Release is to Resolve. The guys have raised %61 of their goal thus far and have 8 more days left to go to reach their objective.
Meanwhile, Thy Will Be Done are currently working on a new LP, the follow-up to 2009′s In Ancient of Days, and IKILLYA are gigging in support of their new full-length record, Vae Victis.
Post-hardcore/metal band Eyes Set To Kill made noise on their way to The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC on August 19th on their “Masks” tour with opening performances by The Relapse Symphony, and Close To Home. Presented by COLDCOCK Whiskey, Eyes Set To Kill kicked off their national summer run on June 3rd, 2014 in Colorado. Having sadly cancelled their July dates due to bass player Anissa Rodriguez’s unfortunate hospitalization for blood clot treatment, the band was amazingly resilient in resuming their tour on July 31st in California after her full recovery.
The Studio at Webster Hall flooded with exhilarated fans to see Eyes Set To Kill perform music from their very well received fifth full-length studio album Masks. The album launched under their new record label Century Media Records last year in September. Eyes Set To Kill brought The Studio roof down opening their set with headbanging tunes from the new album such as “Where I Want To Be”, and the heavy single “Surface.” Lead guitarist and vocalist Alexia Rodriguez’s melodic singing kept the audience locked into the songs, and her raspy highs and lows sent dozens of tattooed arms flying into the air with horns up and lighters waving left to right. Opening performances for the show included hard rock/metal bands Surfacing, Kissing Candice, and “Masks” tourmates Close To Home and The Relapse Symphony.
The Eyes Set To Kill tour is still in progress. ESTK fans can catch their final performance set for September 13th in Sacramento, California at Discovery Park!
The mighty Gwar have confirmed plans to embark on a colossal fall trek through North America titled the “GWAR Eternal Tour 2014.” The giant outing will feature direct support from Decapitated on the first leg, and Corrosion of Conformity on the second, meanwhile American Sharks will open all dates.
Gwar rhythm guitar/background vocalist BalSac The Jaws of Death spewed forth the following regarding the run:
Dark clouds of war and ill omen have gathered around GWAR. In our hour of greatest peril, Oderus has left us and our enemies stand poised, ready to strike while they sense weakness. But we shall no longer cower in our Antarctic stronghold, awaiting Destiny’s final blow. This Fall GWAR sets out on the most trying quest of our career. We shall scour our leader’s favorite stomping ground, North America, leaving no city unsearched, no venue unraised, and no sheep unmolested. GWAR will venture to the depths of Hell or to the very end of Time itself, and though I fear what we may encounter out there, I know that we can never return home until we have the answer we seek: ‘Where is Oderus Urungus?’
Beefcake the Mighty‘s personal slave and bass tech, Jamison Land, added:
Dave was our friend and anchor for as far back as anyone can remember. He’s held us together, and sometimes he drove us apart. He is our brother and we love him. Unlike a lot of prominent musicians, he was friends with all of the fans. He made GWAR fans feel special on a personal level. The fans love Dave as much as we do and ‘The GWAR Eternal Tour 2014′ is our way of getting together and sharing that love.
This past weekend the fifth annual Gwar-B-Q went down without a hitch in Richmond, Virginia, kicking off with a memorable Viking funeral for Gwar founder and frontman Oderus Urungus (aka Dave Brockie), who was found dead in his Richmond apartment earlier this year due to an accidental heroin overdose. The weekend gathering also featured a eulogy from Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe, performances by Misfits, Hatebreed, Body Count and others, and a historical headline set by Gwar that introduced the world to a new character, Blothar, who is being played by the band’s original Beefcake the Mighty (aka Michael Bishop).
Regarding the upcoming tour, New York stops on the journey include:
10/19/2014 – Buffalo, NY @ The Town Ballroom w/ Decapitated, American Sharks
11/30/2014 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza w/ Corrosion of Conformity, American Sharks
12/11/2014 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall w/ Corrosion of Conformity, American Sharks
Tickets go on sale this weekend. A complete list of dates can be found below …
The western hemisphere’s most extreme summer metal tour, Summer Slaughter, returned for its 8th annual assault across the US, flaunting performances by Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Thy Art Is Murder, Goatwhore, Origin, Decrepit Birth, Within The Ruins and Fallujah. Presented by IndieMerchstore, the summer bloodshed kicked off last month in San Francisco, CA and butchered through 20 plus markets before coming to an end last week in Philly. New York City hosted the onslaught on August 8 at a frenzy-filled Irving Plaza; belated photos from the NYC concert can be seen in this post.
Speaking of Goatwhore, the NOLA-based blackened death metal squad recently unleashed their sixth studio album, Constricting Rage of the Merciless, through Metal Blade. If you missed the band this time around, Goatwhore will be back in NYC on November 1 at Best Buy Theater, supporting a reunited Samhain (feat. Glenn Danzig), as previously announced. Tickets to the show, which also features Midnight, are still available.