The 2015 edition of the Black N’ Blue Bowl is now in the books! The annually held hardcore festival went down this past weekend (May 16 & 17) at the famed Webster Hall in New York City.
Day 1 of the gathering featured a special headline set by The Regulators (members of Bad Brains & Cro-Mags playing Bad Brains classics), along with performances by a reunited Candiria, Madball, Turnstile, Oi legends American Eagle (who hadn’t played a live show in over twenty-five years), Earth Crisis, Suburban Scum, Everybody Gets Hurt, Rude Awakening, Agents of Man, The Wildings, Booze & Glory and Mizery. A plethora of new shots from Saturday’s shenanigans can now be viewed in this post. Also check out fan-filmed footage from the show after the gallery.
Day 2 of BNB Bowl 2015 featured the likes of Burn, Crumbsuckers, Sick of It All, The Rival Mob and others. Stay tuned for pics from Sunday’s line-up coming real soon.
In support of their brand new album Rivals (out now on Napalm Records), LA alt metallers Coal Chamber will be hooking up with Fear Factory for a summer North American tour. The run will also feature support from Devil You Know (from 7/24-7/26 & 8/15-8/22), Hatebreed frontman’s solo project Jasta (from 7/28-8/12), Saint Ridley and Madlife.
The trek is scheduled to stop by Rochester, NY at Water Street Music Hall on August 8 [tix], New York City at Irving Plaza on August 11 [tix] and Poughkeepsie, NY at The Chance on August 12 [tix].
In more news, Coal Chamber have just premiered the official lyric video for their new single “The Bridges You Burn,” which you can check out below along with a complete list of tour dates.
Long Island’s own post-hardcore crew From Autumn to Ashes went on an indefinite hiatus back in 2008 following the recording of a live album at their hometown record store dubbed Live at Looney Tunes. Back in the fall, the gang announced they would be reuniting for a slew of shows in 2015. The band played their first show in seven years this past Friday night (5/15) at Revolution Bar & Music Hall in LI with support from Nora, Divider and Cryptodira (check out a clip from FATA‘s set at the end of this post), which was followed by an appearance at “Skate And Surf Festival” in NJ. The band will now embark on a full-blown North American tour with Hawthorne Heights, Sleepwave and Exintction A.D. in tow.
The late spring/summer jaunt kicks off in Allston, MA mid-June and rolls through July with a final stop in LA. At the time of tour announcement, a New York City show was not confirmed, until now — the guys have just added a stop in Manhattan at the Gramercy Theatre for a few days after the LA show, July 23, with special guest support Emery and other acts TBA. NYC tickets go on-sale to the general public starting this Friday (5/22) at 10am, here.
Check out a flyer for the NYC show, a complete list of dates and that aforementioned live clip below.
German dark metallers Bethlehem have apparently called it quits, and therefore will no longer appear on the previously announced “Stardust V” showcase, set for June 26 , 27 and 28 at Saint Vitus, and scheduled to feature the likes of Taake, Fell Voices, Young And In The Way, Tombs and more.
Bethlehem guitarist Jürgen Bartsch writes:
Game over !
Hey guys. Bethlehem has split-up and does a break. If there will be a comeback or won’t isn’t certain yet. Obviously isn’t. Bethlehem has to stay pure anarchy – against all odds – and certainly isn’t a playground for wannabes. The fuck off. All shows for 2015 got canceled, NYC (Stardust) & Austria (Sick Midsummer) already have found a surrogate. Informations can be requested from the organisers. NYC would be done at another time if this band should dare a comeback. If so, this first would result in a new longplayer anyways. Fingers (double) crossed !
Other than that I got a tendinitis again. This time it’s the right wrist/underarm which fully gets swallen after practising two songs and which makes it impossible playing my instrument at the moment. We also no longer can rehearse and the momentary line-up does not want to perform without me. After the “Devil’s Asylum Tour” this shit already appeared at the left wrist/underarm and was put in a cast for months. Practising my instrument(s) daily and for decades, completely ignoring all danger signs been sent by the body, damn caused the problem which also is for other instrumentalists I know. Actually, surgery would be wiser than a plaster cast which basically won’t solve the problem. Certainly another reason why a break is more than just welcome. Even typing this crybabies message here produces pain a lot.
Therefore, you no longer can count on us. We’re done for the moment or forever. Ain’t get no clue yet cos I’m no foreboder. Like “Stefan Raduta” already said it: future does not exist. So all we can do is keeping our fingers crossed until they break cos all hope is gone like Slipknot said…tho I still belive in myself and my skills. At least something.
take it easy,
“Stardust V” promoters added the following:
I am very sad to announce that Bethlehem will no longer participate in this event anymore, for Bethlehem is no more. They say never say never, but we shall see what the future holds. One thing is certain: Bartsch is dealing with some serious health issues which are making things very hard for the band to continue playing live. A statement can be found on the band’s official page. I wish him the best of luck, and I keep a flame of hope alive that one day he will be fully recovered, writing music and playing live again. Should this ever happen, this here is an open promise to him and all Bethlehem fans in North America that I will do everything it takes to get them here.
On the brightside, Taake, who were only scheduled to play one night, will now headline Friday night and Sunday night, as per the show’s promoters:
Taake have agreed to perform a second and different performance on Sunday night. Yes, this is really happening. One of the very last True Norwegian Black Metal entities will end their first ever US tour with two nights at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus that are certain to live in infamy. Since the first night sold out in one hour, I am sure many that were caught by surprise and didn’t get a chance to purchase a ticket will be happy to hear they get one more shot at it. Better luck this time! Personally, I don’t think a band like this has ever toured North America. Taake truly are living Legends who always walked the walk and still burn today with the same intensity they were over twenty years ago. Words can not express how grateful I am to Hoest and the band for stepping up to the challenge. Special thanks also to Jake of Tone Deaf and Bjornar of Dark Essence for helping with the talks.
Tombs will now headline Saturday night. If you wish to receive a refund due to Bethlehem’s cancellation, you can contact singevalah[at]gmail.com. Tickets for Friday night are completely sold out. Saturday tickets [here] and Sunday tickets [here] still remain. A few three-day passes are also available [here].
The new line-up/order of the weekend is now the following:
A few weeks ago, local rock/metal heroes Life of Agony – boasting their River Runs Red line-up consisting of singer Mina Caputo, guitarist Joey Z, bassist Alan Robert and drummer Sal Abruscato – tackled The Wick in Brooklyn for back-to-back sold-out shows, marking their first live hometown appearance in half a decade. We brought you exclusive shots from Friday’s show here and Saturday’s gig here, and now we bring you a fresh batch of photos from the May 2nd show. Scroll down below for the entire gallery.
Also, head over to LifeOfAgony.com to keep track of the band’s upcoming spring/summer live assaults.
Japanese punk/noise rock act Melt-Banana have just released a new collection of 13 non-album singles (from 2000 to 2009) in the form of a singles compilation release dubbed Return of 13 Hedgehogs. The new effort follows the band’s first comp. album, 13 Hedgehogs, which they unleashed in 2005 and features 13 releases (from 1994 to 1999). The new collection also features split singles with the likes of Fantomas and The Locust, as well as special cover songs of Devo and The Damned. Pick it up here.
To celebrate the new compilation album, Melt-Banana are currently on the road in North America on a massive May through August adventure, performing a slew of headline shows along with a pair of festival appearances; specifically “Maryland Death Fest” this weekend and “Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival” in Wisconsin in July. The band is scheduled to raid Saint Vitus this Saturday night (5/23) with Hot Nerds for a sold-out showing at the Brooklyn venue.
Scroll through below for a full list of upcoming Melt-Banana shows…
Earlier this month, New York City’s own hardcore punk favorites H2O stormed Saint Vitus for a mind-blowing five-night-stand at the Brooklyn rock spot, to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The intimate concerts saw the band busting out two random albums per showing. Hot new shots from the first show (May 6) can now be viewed in this post.
H2O will return to the stage in the NYC-area next month when they hook up with Breakdown and Cruel Hand for a gig at Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Long Island on June 26 [tix]. The gang have a hefty touring itinerary lined up for this spring/summer, with multiple headline and festival appearances in the USA and Europe; go here for a full list of dates.
In more H2O news, the group have just announced the completion of their seventh studio full-length album, Use Your Voice, which is due out in September via Bridge 9 Records.
Hard rock supergroup The Winery Dogs – feat. former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Mr. Big bassist Billy Sheehan and guitarist/singer Richie Kotzen – are currently in the process of booking a U.S. tour for the fall. A slew of dates have been confirmed including a stop in New York City at Best Buy Theater on October 10. NYC ticket info is TBA. See below for a complete list of shows confirmed thus far.
In more news, TWD are also presently working on their second studio full-length album, the follow-up to their 2013 self-titled debut. Stick to TheWineryDogs.com for more info.
Aussie metalcore unit Northlane will be heading out on a North American tour this summer for a headlining run with support coming from Like Moths To Flames, In Hearts Wake and Oceans Ate Alaska. The jaunt kicks off early August in Vancouver, BC and comes full circle three-weeks later in London, ON, while hitting New York City along the way for a concert at Gramercy Theatre on August 20. NYC tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday (5/19) at 10am, here.
The trek is in support of Northlane‘s 2013 full-length album Singularity, as well as their impending new LP, Node, which is due out this summer.