French metal behemoths Gojira recently dropped their sixth studio album and second overall full-length effort on Roadrunner Records entitled Magma. The new record was captured at the band’s own Silver Cord Studio in Ridgewood, Queens, and what better place to celebrate the fresh release than with an intimate performance in NYC! The guys did just that, as they took on the super tiny Saint Vitus Bar (350 cap.) in Brooklyn two Thursday’s ago (7/14), for what was a sweaty, sticky, stinky and damn amazing good time.
Fans lucky enough to snatch tickets to the rare show (before they sold-out in mere minutes), were treated to quite a hefty set-list from Gojira, consisting of a healthy mix of tracks spanning the band’s last 5 releases, and including a gnarly drum solo by Mario Duplantier. Being as their is no backstage at Saint Vitus, our metal heroes were forced to push their way through the thick crowd to access the stage and start the night’s first song, 2008′s crushing “Toxic Garbage Island.” From there on, Vitus was a complete warzone, with nonstop headbanging and moshing courtesy of excited fans.
Frontman Joe Duplantier roared through brand new tracks “Silvera” and “Stranded,” meanwhile lead guitarist Christian Andreu and bassist Jean-Michel Labadie shined best during pummeling classics “Flying Whales” and “Vacuity.” The band ended the boisterous night with their devastating 2012 cut “Explosia.” Other noteworthy moments include Joe bringing up Bastille Day and the attacks in France, the band celebrating Jean-Michel‘s birthday and Mario stage diving and surfing through the crowd at the end of the set, followed by the band rushing through the horde of people, high-fiving fans as they made their way towards the exit.
Check out more pics from the night below, along with fan-filmed footage. Gojira return to NYC this fall for a show at Terminal 5 with Tesseract [tix still available]. See all upcoming tour dates, here.
Another great one bites the bust, as punk/rock/metal venue and bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn The Grand Victory is set to close its doors for good on July 31st. The nightspot’s general manager Sean Dougherty confirmed they were shutting down last month via a social media post, which also states they are in the process of finding a new location and hope to be up and running again by early 2017. Goodbye, so long (for now).
The Grand Victory have a lot of great acts lined up for their final week, including the likes of Tournament, Hymen Holocaust and Subzero. Check out the full itinerary below…
7/25 – Dead Stars, Such Hounds, Year of Dragon [tix]
As previously posted, Bad Religion, Against Me! and Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) will be hooking up for a U.S. tour in the fall being called “The Vox Populi Tour” (which means “voice of the people” in Latin). The trek features a stop at Long Island’s The Paramount on October 1 and at New York City’s Irving Plaza on October 3. Tickets still remain for the LI show, though the NYC show is completely sold out. A second showing at Irving has been added for October 4, with tickets on sale now.
Canadian techy death metal legends Gorguts have booked a headline North American tour for the fall, which will boast support from Cali post-metallers Intronaut and Instrumental noise-jazz trio Brain Tentacles (ft. members of Yakuza, Municipal Waste & Keelhaul). The run kicks off in Brighton, MA in early October and comes to an end later that month at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on October 30 [tix]. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Gorguts are touring in support of their recently released EP on Season of Mist titled Pleiades’ Dust (stream it after the dates). Additionally, Gorguts founder Luc Lemay was recently featured on the cover of June’s issue of Decibel Magazine (peep it below), which sports a conversation with the band regarding the new effort (pick up a copy).
Parody heavy metal tribute band Mac Sabbath have confirmed new headlining tour dates for later this summer, featuring support from singer and Elvis Presley impersonator Clownvis Presley (you might have seen him on the TV show “America’s Got Talent”). The run is titled the “Clown Power Tour” and comes through our state for a show at Rochester’s Montage Music Hall on September 4 [tix] and at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre on September 8 [tix].
The tour also hits nearby-ish markets Philadelphia, PA, Asbury Park, NJ and Burlington, VT. Scroll down below for all announced tour dates, plus some supersized tunes (fries not included)…
Check out what we went down on the site this week…
* Swedish extreme metallers Meshuggah announced their North American return in the form of a fall tour with High on Fire. A show at NYC’s PlayStation Theater goes down November 3rd [tix].
* Tool‘s Maynard James Keenan will release a new authorized biography titled A Perfect Union of Contrary Things in the fall, which will be accompanied by a series of book tour dates, including a stop at Manhattan’s The New York Society for Ethical Culture scheduled for November 11th [tix].
* Stick To Your Guns, Stray From The Path, Expire and Knocked Loose announced a tour together for later this summer, with a gig at Gramercy Theatre booked for September 21st [tix].
* Pierce the Veil will embark on a seven-week U.S. headline run later this summer, with support from Neck Deep and I Prevail. The tour storms Rochester’s Main Street Armory on September 17th [tix] and NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom on October 4th [tix].
* Sumerian Records will celebrate 10 years of existence with a celebratory trek in the fall dubbed “10 Years In The Black Tour,” featuring Asking Alexandria, Born of Osiris, I See Stars, After The Burial, Upon A Burning Body and Bad Omens. Buffalo gets a show at Town Ballroom on November 9th [tix], NYC gets it at Webster Hall on November 14th [tix], and Clifton Park has a show going down at Upstate Concert Hall on November 15th [tix]
* DM vets Malevolent Creation will celebrate 25 years as a band with a fall trek beside Incantation and Seeker. NY dates include Brooklyn’s Black Bear Bar on October 12th and Rochester’s Montage Music Hall on October 15th. Tickets tba.
* LA’s The Black Queen (TDEP) will support their new single “Secret Scream,” off of their debut LP Fever Daydream, with a handful of tour dates in the winter. A one-off show at Gramercy Theatre happens on December 9th [tix].
* Space rockers Orbs will set out on an east coast tour soon, hitting Brooklyn’s Black Bear Bar on August 3rd with Ivadell [tix].
* Zakk Sabbath (Zakk Wylde & friends playing Black Sabbath classics) have booked a special halloween show (10/31) at Saint Vitus, with support from Ruby The Hatchet and comedian/actor Jim Florentine [tix].
Zakk Wylde live at Webster Hall a few days ago (more pics coming soon)…
Zakk Sabbath – the Black Sabbath cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson (Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (ex-Danzig, ex-Queens of the Stone Age) – have announced a headlining show at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus for Halloween, October 31st. The evening will feature support from Philly psych rock group Ruby The Hatchet and NYC’s own comedian/actor Jim Florentine. Tickets are on sale now, here.
Zakk Wylde is currently embarked on a massive U.S. tour in support of his latest solo studio album on eOne Music, Book of Shadows II. The tour rolled through NYC at Webster Hall this past Tuesday night, July 19 (did you go?). The trek continues through September (see all remaining dates).
Prior to the Brooklyn show, Zakk Sabbath will hook up with Clutch and Kyng for a month-long trip in the fall, which hits Buffalo’s Town Ballroom on September 28 [tix] and Clifton Park’s Upstate Concert Hall on October 29 [tix]. See all of those dates here.
Space rockers Orbs – ft. members of Between the Buried and Me, Fear Before the March of Flames, ex-Abigail Williams – have dropped a new video for their single “Giving Tree Hanging Me,” which comes off of the band’s just released second LP, Past Life Regression. Check out the new clip, and stream all of the new record after the break.
In addition, Orbs will be touring the east coast in support of their new effort, hitting Brooklyn’s Black Bear Bar on August 3 with SC rockers Ivadell [tix]. Peep complete tour info below.
LA-based electronic rock outfit The Black Queen, led by The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s Greg Puciato, have unleashed today a 4-track mix for their latest single “Secret Scream,” which comes off of the band’s 2016 debut album Fever Daydream. The new effort includes the original cut of “Secret Scream,” as well as a 12″ extended mix, a 12″ extended instrumental mix and a 12″ extended acapella mix, and is available digitally, along with limited edition 12″ black vinyl. Stream Secret Scream (plus its recently released official vid), plus all of Fever Daydream below.
Additionally, The Black Queen have confirmed a handful of U.S. dates for the winter, which consist of two California shows and a stop at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre on December 9 [tix]. See full tour details after the tunes.