Finally, after more than three weeks of nothing much to write about/too much shit to do, we are back with the first This One Goes to Eleven of 2019. If you’re a regular visitor, welcome back. If you’re new to the section, please make sure to fill out your waiver. You’re gonna need it.
WHAT TO HEAR: First up this week is actually one from last week, because that’s what happens when bands drop albums before telling anyone they’re going to be dropping albums. Then again, that’s part of the mystique of Krallice these days, who follow-up 2017’s one-two punch of Loüm and Go Be Forgotten with a brand-new EP, Wolf (independent). If you’ve ever wondered what a cavernous death/doom record from the Queens shape shifters would sound like, Wolf—especially the title track—may hold the answer. So different is it, in fact, that some bandcamp commenters are already speculating it was written solely by bassist Nick McMaster and is part of a new EP series that will see each release written by a different member of the band. If that seems a little too elaborate, we’ll, isn’t that kind of Krallice’s thing?
Speaking of EPs, Haunt also have a killer one of their own, Mosaic Vision (independent), hitting shelves this week. If you’re not up to speed with Haunt, the Fresno outfit have become, alongside Visigoth, Eternal Champion, et al., one of America’s leading forces in trve/trad/heavy metal, and Mosaic Vision makes good on that rep, recasting Halford’s Reagan-era wails in a thoroughly modern, albeit equally fucked up, light. Mosaic Vision lands between last year’s lauded Burst Into Flame and another new full-length coming this spring, so if there’s ever been a time to jump on the bandwagon, this is it.
In full length news, meanwhile, Buffalo’s OTHER death metal legacy act, Malevolent Creation, make their triumphant comeback this week with their 13th LP, fittingly titled The 13th Beast (Century Media). The band’s first record since the passing of longtime frontman Bret Hoffmann, Malevolent Creation don’t really miss a beat, as long as straightforward American death metal is your beat, so make sure to give it a spin. When it comes to death metal, nothing will ever top 2018, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
Finally wrap things up with some searing German black metal courtesy of Imha Tarikat and their full-length debut, Kara Ihlas (Vendetta Records). The duo blend anthemic crescendos with guttural vocals for a compelling push-pull that is more than worth checking out, especially if Euro black metal is your thing (which it most definitely should be).
WHAT TO SEE: Showgoers and socializers, meanwhile, have an plenty of excuses to get out of the proverbial house this week, starting tonight with A Pale Horse Named Death at Mercury Lounge, Anahata at Lucky 13 Saloon, The Virus at The Kingsland, and a screening of TriTonia with a live score at Saint Vitus. Saturday keeps the mo going with Royal Skulls at Mother Pug’s Saloon, Dehumanized/Wreath of Tongues at Blackthorn 51, CTA at Bowery Electric, and Altitudes & Attitude (Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s new project) at Vitus, awhile Sunday, which should feel like Saturday this weekend, finds the venerated Greenpoint venue hosting Grails, in addition to Stimulate at The Delancey.
MLK Day is similarly quiet, before Tuesday gets the poker back in the fire with ICP’s Shaggy 2 Dope at Dingbatz (yikes), The Amity Affliction/Senses Fails at the Playstation Theater, and [drum roll please] This One Goes to Eleven’s very own mid-winter bash featuring Moon Tooth, Vaureen, Somnuri, and Fliege at Saint Vitus. Come say hi and have a soda or something. On Wednesday, wash all of that down with FACS at Vitus, before wrapping things up on Thursday with Plaid Dracula at Mercury Lounge and The End of the Ocean at Vitus.
WHAT THE FUCK: In a somewhat fortuitous piece of timing, on Wednesday Moon Tooth dropped the first new tune from their forthcoming sophomore full-length Crux and it absolutely rips. Check it out below and imagine how good it’s going to sound live (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).