This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

NR090_YOB-ClearingThePathtoAscendWhile the rest of the world slogs through post-holiday depression and mourns beside the final embers of summer, metal nerds the universe over have joined in celebration of one of the biggest release days of the year, knowing damn well that as long we can still wear black after Labor Day, everything will be just fine.

What to Buy: Today, kneeling at the feet Portland doom kings YOB’s Clearing the Path to Ascend (Neurot), we, the metal-listening public, are being forced to chew on our words. Two weeks ago, intoxicated by its stunning blend of operatic melodies and shape-shifting riffs, we all but offered Pallbearer’s sophomore opus, Foundations of Burden, doom metal album of the year honors, forgetting in most cases that Mike Scheidt was on deck, swinging around an hour’s worth of new material and a .500 batting average in the instant classic LP department. When the Pitchfork Advance stream dropped last week, the revisionist history efforts kicked in high gear, with writer’s and armchair critics alike scrambling to be the first to downgrade their passionate Pallbearer exaltations from definitive to contextual, but it was too late. Having been non-denonminationally baptized in the fires and floods of Ascend for over a week now, it has become all too obvious: We spoke too much and too soon (surprise, surprise).

If you have yet to check out this glacier-preserved mammoth of an album, then I’m guessing you came to this space by accident and are currently scrambling for the door. Everyone else, however, can certainly corroborate (or at least understand the rationale behind) the widely disseminated belief that this four-song slab—thanks in part to the  stunning My Bloody Valentine-feedback squalls of “Nothing To Win”, the keening coda of “Unmask the Spectre”, and the Cosmos-scraping brood of “Marrow”, to name a few favorite moments—is quite possibly the finest metallic offering of the now ¾-completed year. There’s not much else to say, really; it’s long, it’s dense, and it demands some serious attention the first few times through, but Ascend is one of those rare records that could stay in the rotation for not just days, but decades, so you owe it to yourself (as well as Scheidt, who, on talent alone, should be making Beyoncé money) to grab a copy in whatever (paid-for) form that’s not already sold out.

Apologies if this Pacific Northwest doom stuff just puts your head on the proverbial pillow, because next up is the iconic Olympia WA instrumental outfit, Earth, and their 10th studio effort, Primitive and Deadly (Southern Lord), which drops on the slowly headbanging-in-unison masses. The trio are one of the best “fringe” metal acts currently going and their upcoming  Saint Vitus stand with King Dude (9/24) and Cult of Youth (9/25, part of the David Lynch Foundation Fundraiser) is sure to be killer, so you should definitely give it a spin, but if not, that’s cool too. It’s your (close-minded) prerogative, to which you are (begrudgingly) entitled, after all.

Sporadically upping the BPM ante this week is Pittsburgh, PA industrial-indebted power-noise quartet Code Orange’s (Deathwish Inc.) new Kurt Ballou-produced schizophrenic freakout, I Am King (which you can stream in full below). To try to walk you through this one track by track would be foolish, as it is, stylistically, as block-to-block as Bed-Stuy.  The endless barrage of left turns, chugging riffs, hardcore tantrums, and dissonant melodies, however, are sure to make King one of the more intriguing—and polarizing—listens in heavy music this year, so definitely lend it an ear. And as long as we are on the subject of polarizing, the physical release of Varg Vikernes’ latest Burzum release, The Ways of Yore (Candlelight), also drops today. I believe in the importance of educated decision-making and personal responsibility, so I have decided to mention it but would like to make clear that I, in no empirical, peripheral, or personal way, endorse its message or creator. You should know what it is—yet another album from a highly influential musician and militantly racist terrorist—and that it exists, and you should also act accordingly. Money is power and you can decide if you’d like to give him yours.

What to See: Don’t bother stretching and fuck the warm-ups, the show week kicks off tonight with KEN Mode and their frosty brand of Canadian hardcore taking over Saint Vitus alongside Profound Lore avant-metal duo Psalm Zero (ex-Castevet, ex-Dirty projectors), and Couch Slut. This is a weekend-level show on Tuesday night, so get out there and pull something. Then put some ice on it and quick because American Sharks follow KEN Mode up Greenpoint’s River Styx on Wednesday night with Blackout and Ice Balloons.

The rest of the week/end (excluding a Friday night grindcore encore headlined by Organ Dealer and Beast Modulus) veers punk and indie at Vitus, so feel free to turn to The Acheron, where Powerviolence–headlined by Crazy Spirit and featuring sets from other recent New York’s Alright alums Dawn of Humans (male nudity alert), The Lowest Form, and Hank Wood & the Hammerheadsis the name of the Thursday night game. Saturday night brings Fucked Up back to NYC (at Irving Plaza), which isn’t metal, necessarily, but still rad, loud, fast, and completely devoid of clean singing, so check it out if you missed them at Bowery back in the Spring.

Finally, cap it all off on Sunday when Lee M. Bartow’s (Leech, Navicon Torture Technologies) latest noise/metal/electronic project, Theologian, heads out to the East Williamsburg Industrial Park (are we still calling it that?) for what is sure to be yet another universe-expanding experience hosted by The Acheron. The likes of megaton leviathan and Kosmodemonic open, so make to get there on time (and stop blaming it on the fucking train already, we know you all live in Bushwick).

What the Fuck: In this week’s installment of “Shitty Trends In Metal”, we pit metal babies (not Baby Metal) against bloated rockstar-owned Arena Football Teams in a no-holds-barred fight to the yawning chasm of obsolescence. May the worst man win.

In the blue shorts:
Baby Dio horns and…

In the red shorts:
Vince Neil’s Las Vegas Outlaws and…


  1. BS”D
    Discussion with Moishela (with his family)
    A Handicapped child
    10 Tamuz 5774 (July 7, ’14)

    “When The Final Curtain Comes Down”

    There‘s no business like show business! Don’t you get the feeling that we’re living in a play? From one minute to the next we don’t know what’s going to happen. In the morning there’s big news. Mid-morning there’s more news. Nighttime could be a big bang of news, and it goes on and on like that. Sometimes we have a relatively quiet period, but that’s always followed by unbelievable, strange news that we never would have dreamed of.

    The times that we are seeing now, are very much like what’s written in the Nevuas, and I would imagine that most of us feel that it’s a sign that Moshiach is almost here, and it is. However, something is going on that we don’t understand, because things took a dramatic turn from the moment that the twin towers fell. From that moment strange and disastrous things have become everyday events. By the time one unbelievable happening happens, the next one is exploding. We all feel it. We all feel fear. We feel emptiness in our hearts. Life has lost much of its taste, especially the Gashmiusdik life. Air travel has become a frightening thing, and if not frightening then very degrading, especially when you have to go through x-rays that show a person without clothes on, where everybody that’s traveling could take a peek, and if you don’t agree to do that then you are open to a physical search which is very very degrading.

    We’ve become a world without happiness, without the Gashmiusdik frivolous Simcha and the true deep Simcha. We have become a world of confused people not quite finding our direction. We keep doing the things that we are used to doing, but it doesn’t seem to have meaning, and the road doesn’t seem to lead to anywhere in particular. We can’t plan things like we once did. We used to plan that in six months exactly we’re going to the dentist. We could plan ahead of time where our three year olds are going to go to college or what they would learn. Today people are empty and are afraid. Money is hard to come by except for those eighty-five people in the world that own more than half of the wealth of the world. For the rest of us it’s just an everyday struggle to borrow more money and more money. We are getting into a major rut full of fear and nervousness, full of being frightened for our children and worried for our future, and this is felts all over the world.

    Here in Eretz Yisroel we have been in the last few weeks dealing with tragedy after tragedy. First there were many traffic accidents, many children drowning in swimming pools in their own homes, and many other terrible things, but when those three boys were kidnapped and then found murdered in the worst way, and before they were murdered there was a young single woman murdered in a terribly cruel way, this has brought us to some kind of sober reality that tells us that we are in big trouble. How could Jewish young men, Jewish boys kill an Arab boy in such a cruel way. It’s a big shock for a Jew to feel that another Jew could kill like that, burning him alive. True it’s a war, but still how could it be in our generation that a Yid could kill in such a cruel way, even though the Arab is the enemy?

    Well the first thing I will tell you is that the Nevuas and what is happening today coincide exactly. It’s interesting how Hashem makes His world. We all know that eighty five people control most of the world’s wealth. They control the wealth and that means they control the world. Besides those people, there’s a whole group of people who have all kinds of strategic positions in order Chas Vesholom to bring this world under the control of the Reshaim. These Reshaim are Edomites, and they don’t like the Arabs, and they don’t like the Jews. The Jews they can tolerate if we agree to be like them. However we’re not like them, and never will be. They have with all of their wealth and control of the world, almost brought all the Arab countries to their knees, not by coming in with the armies of Europe and America etc., but by causing inner strife. They write the script and they provide the players and they are sure that they’re controlling the world. They are very informed about the Nevuas, and they are going exactly according to them, and this makes everyone feel, rightfully so, that all the Nevuas are coming out true. Therefore, everyone is having thoughts about Olam Haba, about Hakodosh Boruch Hu, and for the non-believers maybe the beginning of faith, but the plan ends there, ends where the prophecies continue, and at that point they go in different ways because the plan of the Edomites is to control Eretz Yisroel and to sit in Jerusalem and to rule the world from here and that brings us to what’s happening today.

    You feel like you’re in a play, like everything has been thought out. Even the murders have been thought out. Did Arabs do it? Did someone else do it? Is everything really true? Somehow all the stories we are told have holes in them, don’t seem exactly correct like many things that happened in the United States. If we go back over history, we can find these discrepancies in many places. We feel we’re in a play. We feel that a script has been written, actors chosen, and in many cases they’re not very good actors, but it’s a deadly, deadly show. The leading actors of the show are murderers. Blood is shed and they are going to try to take over Medinas Yisroel. Eretz Yisroel is the main point of the world for the three main religions. Of course Eretz Yisroel was promised by Hashem only to the Jews and not to the Goyim, only to the Jews and it will stay only for the Jews, so any Edomite that thinks they are going to come and rule here is going to have a very very big surprise. Until now Hashem has let them do what they wanted to do. He has let them plan and succeed, even though it was almost impossible for them to succeed, but Hashem has let them succeed.

    At one point they are not going to make it anymore. They are going to fall apart. Hashem is going to punish them. They’re going to realize what they’ve done wrong. They are going to realize that the Satan isn’t Hakol Yachol. He’s only a creation of Hakol Yachol, of Hakodosh Boruch Hu, and because he is a creation of Hakodosh Boruch Hu, he can’t do what he wants. He is only a creation of Hakodosh Boruch Hu, like all of us, like the whole world, like everything in the whole universe, and only Hashem decides when, it will end. The Devil, or the Yetzer Horah, or the Malach Hamaves, or the Satan whatever you want to call him, (he has many names,) will be chopped up into pieces so-to-speak, and recycled in different points of creation, so his parts become positive, but the Yetzer Hara will disappear, and the Reshoim will disappear, but not before they are punished in the worst way.

    Now Am Yisroel I beg you. Now that I have given this historical background up to this point, I beg you open your eyes. Don’t you see what they are trying to do to us here in Eretz Yisroel? They’re trying to make us Goyim, and that will be the final solution Chas Vesholom. They are trying to do it with all kinds of plays, with all kinds of actions to make us not believe, Chas Vesholom, in Hakodosh Boruch Hu. They are trying to confuse us. They’re trying to bring Goyim here in the thousands, to make us like Goyim.

    They’re pushing their money into our Gemachim, into our Shuls, into our Yeshivas, into our Kollels so we will be dependent on them. They’re gathering information about us so that they can come after us whenever they feel like, and most of all they are trying to change our religion. They are trying to take from us the Bris Milah. They are trying to take from us the Kiddushin of marriage. They’re trying to force us to be Chilonim, to be either without a religion or accept their own created religion. They are trying to force you to go in their way by giving you what you want the most money, food, whatever you need.

    True they’ve also caused us a very difficult time financially throughout the whole world. It seems now, also in Eretz Yisroel, that we were saved almost for the last. We didn’t have financial troubles until lately and now we are at the top of the list for everything, because they are ready to take over. They are building apartments, luxury apartments for their people here in Israel. They’re building buildings and shopping centers and trains and train tracks and all kinds of things that they have money for. The light rail was built to make it easier to get around the city of Jerusalem that has always been the center of the world, the center of the heart of every human being, Hashem’s center, where they want to come and sit instead of Hakol Yachol, instead of the Shechina, Chas Vesholom, but it won’t happen, it won’t happen!

    So Am Yisroel be strengthened. Come closer to Hashem. The Gashmius is going to fall very much, but don’t be afraid because Hashem is with us, and those who are with Him, He will be with them. As I have said many times, no Jewish Neshoma will be lost. If you trust in the idols of this world, and if you trust in the Egel Hazahav, then of course, it will be much harder for you to do complete Teshuva, but if you trust Hashem nothing will harm you.

    He will take care of you completely, whether you need food or clothing or a place to live, warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer. Do not worry. He only is Hakol Yachol. He can defeat any army. He can stop any atomic bomb. He can do anything, and we are His children that He loves particularly, His favorite sons and daughters. Don’t be afraid. We will survive. We will survive and they will not. When the final curtain comes down on this grotesque play that the Reshoim have written, we will go into Olam Habah of Moshiach, into eternity and they will disappear totally from the stage of this world and of all the worlds.

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