Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:
Leading off, Baroness have been announced as the headliner of something called the Brewtal Beer Fest out in Pittsburgh. They’re the only band on the bill that I really could give two shits about, but hey, at least there’ll be some good breweries!
I often find myself beginning profiles of people I know by telling you what a great person the profilee is. Well, this one isn’t going to be much different. Except my effusive praise for this young lady can be substantiated by scientific principles. Caroline is an exceptional human being. One that everyone should feel privileged to know. Her humor, talent and insightful intelligence know no bounds. When it comes to her art, Caroline is not only talented, she’s downright phenomenal. Despite her piss-poor self-promotional abilities, almost everyone praises her artwork, photography skills and general awesomeness. So, herein follows a brief look into the mind of a genius. Continue reading →
The guys discuss the recent Ticketmaster class action settlement — and the free tickets to shows absolutely NOBODY wanted to see that were handed out as a result. Plus, news from Decapitated and a recap of a few of our first-half album highlights from 2016!
All that and much, much more in Episode 48, so check it out!
On a particularly cool June evening, I headed to Greenpoint’s metal mecca, Saint Vitus Bar, to catch a pretty stacked bill for Northside Festival (this show presented by Noisey): Yellow Eyes, Couch Slut, Tombs and Dälek. The highlight of the bill, and the reason for my attendance was Couch Slut. So, despite three other brilliant performances by bands you should support, give money to, go see and generally praise by thinking about them as you drift off to sleep, we will cover Couch Slut’s set in this review. And, if you’re wondering, my night started off at Tommy’s Tavern where Miller High Life is both affordable and cold. So, the words that follow are heavily influenced by that experience.
Jazz influenced metal is not a combination that is likely to knock your socks off in amazement. Shining exist as an example of free jazz inspired metal. Hedvig Mollestad Trio continue to put out quality works of guitar forward, jazz with a heavy feel. Further, Oranssi Pazuzu has led the charge of metal bands leaning in the jam band direction. So experimentation, particularly with jazz rhythms and riffs is not something to be shocked over (especially not when the band is from New York City the home of legendary experimentalists Pyrrhon). The way in which Geryon employs their influence is, however, something new. While not the most accessible or palatable record of the year, The Wound and the Bow is certainly an interesting listen worth the roughly forty-five minutes of your time. Continue reading →