While last week was an August release record breaker, things are back to seasonal temperatures this week, so plan accordingly.
WHAT TO HEAR: As the our strange little metal community continues to, rightfully, heap plaudits on Pallbearer, you may be wondering where—besides Sabbath of course—to dig for the Arkansas doom quartet’s more obscure influences. This week, that treasure hunt is made considerably easier thanks to the End of Green‘s latest LP, Void Estate (Napalm Record). I’ve never explicitly seen Pallbearer reference End of Green in interviews—maybe they have, I don’t read band interviews much anymore—but the doomed-up German outfit have been churning out stately, stretched-out rock music for decades now, burying each and every release (including Void Estate) under a melancholic and melodramatic cloud bank. Needless to say, if you’re feeling what the Pallbearer have been throwing down, then End of Green is an essential pilgrimage.
After, let’s keep things slow and low with El Cavairo (Iron Bonehead)—the latest from Spanish death/doom merchants, Proscrito—and a brand new split from their sludge inclined US counterparts in Livid and No Funeral. Both of these plodding, punishing affairs that will leave you needing a shower and a hot meal, but trust me, they’re worth it.
There’s no shortage of killer black metal EPs on offer this week, however, thanks to Grok‘s moody medieval mission statement, Sacred Fire Without Form (EEE Recordings), and one-man Australian project Rebel Wizard‘s spasmodic debut The Warning of One (Prosthetic Records). The former, laced with cobwebby keyboards and dungeon diatribes, is perfect for the fall ahead, while the latter’s genre-hopping—from black to thrash to death to NWOBHM and everything in between—is great for those moments when you just can’t decide. Check them both out via bandcamp.
Finally, once cherished folk metallers Eluveitie complete their transformation to pure polished folk band with Evocation II: Pantheon (Nuclear Blast), while Cloakroom continue the diversification of the Relapse portfolio with Time Well, which lands somewhere between the heavy gaze of lablemates Nothing and the impending (and inevitable) 90s slowcore revival. If you’re looking for something a little different this week, these aren’t a bad place to start.
WHAT TO SEE: Once you wear those out, get out there and see something in the flesh, starting tonight with Mercy Blow at Lucky 13 Saloon, Mortem at Metal Kingdom Record Store, Sex and Violence at Blackthorn 51, Motor Teresa at Hank’s Saloon, Wage War at Revolution, and Ex Eye—the latest avant-everything project from Colin Stetson and Greg Fox—at Saint Vitus. If you’re looking to see something on Saturday instead, check out Nyogthaeblisz/Hellgoat at Lucky 13, Elefantkiller at Blackthorn 51, Namatay sa Ingay at Bar Matchless, Stabbing Westward at Gramercy Theatre, Sheavy at Saint Vitus, Blasphemous/Dehumanized/Outside the Murder at Roxy and Duke’s, and a NYCHC throwdown at Brooklyn Night Bazaar featuring Merauder, Murderer’s Row, and plenty more.
If you survive all of that, Sunday wraps up the weekend with Omega Tribe at Saint Vitus, before Monday rolls through with a Hundred Suns/Suundrug pick-me-up at the same Greenpoint hellgate. Tuesday and Wednesday read like a weekend night, with the Neal Morse Band at Gramercy Theatre and Captain Beyond at Saint Vitus on the former and Rixe/La Misma at Sunnyvale and Zeal & Ardor/Pyrolatrous at Saint Vitus on the latter. After that, Thursday puts a black bow on the week with Orissa at The Well and Metalfier at Gramercy Theatre. As always, be safe, have a good time, and don’t be a Nazi.
WHAT THE FUCK: Take your fucking pick this week. I, for one, and am going to go listen to something that makes feel good for like three to five minutes. P.S. Heed the message.