All killer, no filler this week (which is a nice way of saying I’m too fucking tired to write the 100 somethingth intro for this thing).
WHAT TO HEAR: Gilead Media has a killer week on tap, kicking off their trio for of new releases with Contempt, the sophomore salvo from incendiary Brooklyn sludge-punks Couch Slut. Blending elements of black metal, noise rock, and infected-wound sludge, this one transcends their volatile (and very NSFW) 2014 debut My Life as a Woman on the back of some left-field instrumentation–from saxophone to tambourine and back again. Make no mistake though, Contempt–like the band’s unhinged live shows–still rips, only with more texture, better dynamics, and an increasingly unsettled outlook. Check it out via bandcamp now.
As an exercise in contrasts, Gilead are readying Strangled Light—the debut LP from self-professed post-hard post-youths Less Art—for release today. Featuring members of Thrice, Kowloon Walled City, and Curl Up and Die, Less Art play a refined, hook-laden brand of post-everything, sitting just as comfortably next to Sumac as Drive Like Jehu in your apparently pretty rad record collection. Give it a listen and, if you like what you hear, grab tickets to their upcoming Mercury Lounge appearance with Vattnet—the new post-hardcore-y permutation of Vattnet Viskar.
A nice addendum to those is False‘s new two-track EP, Hunger, also out via Gilead. One of the most hyped (and genuinely beloved) USBM bands currently in operation, the Midwest outfit have long specialized in glacial long-form concertos, but Hunger finds them jamming their maximalist sound into the four-minute pop format with great success. This doesn’t mean it’s any less heavy, just more focused and digestible, which is a good thing if you’re old, tired, busy, and drowning in metal like me.
After that trio, make sure to save some room for dessert, including the physical release of Nan Elmoth‘s Void Serpent (Pacific Threnodies)—a sinister blast of Tolkien black metal that is way more Mordor crust than Misty Mountain hop—and blackened NWOBHM outfit Urn and their latest ash top-off, The Burning (Iron Bonehead). Port pairings available upon request.
Finally, wrap up the week’s releases with Zero Days (Steamhammer), another vat of molten industrial from Prong, and Temple of Void‘s Lords of Death (Shadow Kingdom), a chunky, chuggy slo-mo death march than prefers mid-tempo grooves to freeform lurch and/or hyperspeed splatter.
WHAT TO HEAR: Prefer to see something in the actual flesh this week? Don’t worry, we have you covered there too, starting tonight with Borgo Pass at 89 North Music Venue, Primus and Clutch at the Stone Pony Summer Stage, Honey Trap at Blackthorn 51, Angel Vivaldi at Gold Sounds, Like Moths to Flames in The Studio at Webster Hall, Summer Slaughter (feat. The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, and more) at Starland Ballroom, and finally Godmaker, Hyborian, and Mountain God at The Well. On Saturday make sure to check out Winter Nights at Gold Sounds, GFY at Lucky 13 Saloon, Trunk at Shakers Pub, Sweet Magma at Gussy’s, and Institute at Sunnyvale, before Sunday draws the weekend curtain with night two of the Summer Slaughter tour at Webster Hall, Mountain God‘s second stacked show of the weekend at Cianfano’s, and Fuel (IN MY HANDS!) at the Stone Pony Summer Stage with Alien Ant Farm, because apparently it’s 2001 all over again.
The working week kicks off on Monday with Apollo Vermouth at The Silent Barn and Stay Inside/Cutters at Alphaville, while August comes in hot on Tuesday with Putridity at Lucky 13 Saloon and Plaid Dracula at Saint Vitus. After that, Wednesday welcomes Mo’ynoq to Cianfano’s and L.A. Guns to Gramercy Theatre before Thursday wraps things up with Soul Remnants at Saint Vitus and the almighty Melvins at Irving Plaza.
WHAT THE FUCK: There’s now a full Dio hologram tour because of course there is. Needless to say, when it comes to town, you won’t find it listed here.