Welcome to another Halloween edition of This One Goes to Eleven, where we’ll be more or less doing the same thing we do, week-in, week-out from January to January. But hey, if that’s what got you in the door today, that’s cool with me. Let the (sonic) terrors reign.
WHAT TO HEAR: We get things underway this week by stage diving headfirst into Hostage Animal (Southern Lord), the caustic new full length from Boston hardcore supergroup, All Pigs Must Die. Featuring members of Trap Them, Converge, Bloodhorse, and The Hope Conspiracy, Hostage Animal tops it’s genre’s stinking gore pile in terms of pure ruthlessness, combining massive low-end DM grind with hugely slammable riffs for a no frills/bullshit/mercy auditory attack. With Trap Them on the way out and Converge on the, err, verge of new record, this one now occupies a fascinating space in the East Coast hardcore scene, so make sure to give it a spin over at Noisey.
Adopting a decidedly different, though no less bludgeoning, approach to sonic torture are French avant black metal pioneers Blut Aus Nord and their new record, Deus Salutis Meæ
(Debemur Morti). A return to Blut Aus Nord’s dissonant dominion, Deus Salutis is a writhing metal ouroboros, devouring its own droning riffs, microtonal mania, and industrial rhythms in some sort of perpetual, inky black loop. Blut Aus Nord describe this record as having a “murderous relationship with boundaries,” which in addition to being hilarious, is also pretty apt, so make sure to grab a copy via bandcamp.
After that one, step off the edge and fully into the abyss with local noise/doom provocateurs Gnaw and their latest LP, Cutting Pieces (Translation Loss). The band’s first full length since 2013, Cutting Pieces welds scathing electronic appendages to its lurching doom frame, spawning a convention-smashing monster in the process. The addition of Insect Ark’s manic (and mournful) lap steel only adds to the already eclectic formula, making this one a must-hear for any Brooklyn extreme music connoisseur. Give it a listen via Invisible Oranges.
And since we’re on the subject of long-awaited returns, Fleurety rise from the presumed dead today with their fantastic new LP, The White Death (Peaceville Records), the band’s first full release since 2008. An atmospheric mix of dark rock and mid-tempo black metal, The White Death—streaming via Noisey—feels ancient and primordial, bellowing instead of blasting across its 8 brooding tracks. Joining longtime frontman Svein Egil “Zweizz” Hatlevik, are current and former members of Virus, Aura Noir, and Deathcrush, so you know the pedigree is there. The only question is, are you?
Finally, let’s wrap up the week with a pair of killer black metal records in Natvre’s Early Cvlts (Argento Records) and Dauþuz’s Die Grubenmähre (Naturmacht Productions)—specializing in orthodox Greek aggression and misty German melody, respectively—and Cryptic Fog’s Staring Through the Veil (Blood Harvest), a riff-focused slab of blackened death metal from Chicago. If you’re into Slugdge/Horrendous’s Anareta, then this is one very likely worth a listen.
WHAT TO SEE: It’s Halloween weekend, so there’s obviously no shortage of things to do in the Tri State metal-verse, starting tonight with Tight Fright at Knitting Factory, Fiend X at Parkside Lounge, The Ditchrunners at Roxy & Duke’s, Circadian Lapse at Dingbatz, Iration at Starland Ballroom, and Boy Harsher/Odonis Odonis at Saint Vitus. The treats keep coming on Saturday with Lucky 13 Saloon’s free Halloween bash featuring Spectral Voices, Dracaris, and more; Robots and Monsters at the Stanhope House; a metal tribute to The Bee Gees at Knitting Factory; a Hellkeeper matinee followed by an Acid King-headlined evening throwdown at Saint Vitus; and finally Warning/Thou/Ruby the Hatchet at Le Poisson Rouge. On Sunday, the grisly weekend festivities conclude with Embryo at Lucky 13 Saloon, Buzzoven at Knitting Factory, and Gnaw/Couch Slut at Saint Vitus.
Things aren’t done there, however, with Monday welcoming Helms Alee to Saint Vitus, before Halloween conjures GWAR, Ghoul, and Doyle at Irving Plaza; Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz of The Damned at Lucky 13; Primus at Brooklyn Steel; World/Inferno Friend Society’s 20th Anniversary Hollowmas at the Warsaw; GosT at Saint Vitus; and King Crimson at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Wednesday meanwhile, welcomes November with Agerasia at My Place Pizza in Poughkeepsie, Silenus at Shakers Pub, Heavy Traffic/Gentricide/Crusasis at Saint Vitus, and Nothing But Thieves at Gramercy Theatre, before Thursday stitches the week up with Scream Blue Murder at Revolution, A Perfect Circle at Barclays Center, Dee Snider at the Wellmont Theatre, The Penske File at Gold Sounds, and Flogging Molly at the Starland Ballroom.
WHAT THE FUCK: Lots of bad headlines across metal this week, but we can save those for another time. Happy Helloween, you monsters.