No shortage of killer stuff to go around this week—especially from a couple of noted locals—so I’ll keep the stage banter brief this week. Can I get a little more Trenchgrinder in the monitor, please?
WHAT TO HEAR: Speaking of which—GET IN THE FUCKING PIT. It’s been awhile since we heard from Trenchgrinder, but the Brooklyn/Austin death-grind timeshare make their stinking, rotting return today with Peace is Forfeit (Independent). The perfect soundtrack to humanity’s impending nuclear winter, Peace is Forfeit is burned up and bombed out, pocked with shell casings and breakdowns that hit like land mines. If you’re familiar with Anicon, Skullshitter, and Mutant Supremacy—bands with whom Trenchgrinder share members—none of this should come as much of a surprise. If not, well, get ready for the fucking filthiest BK metal release of 2017. Choke on it via bandcamp.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn’s most esteemed operational black metal outfit, Yellow Eyes, re-emerge with their latest tremolo-picked tour-de-force, Immersion Trench Reverie (Gilead Media). Conjured from the memories (and field recordings) of the band’s recent trip to Siberia, Immersion Trench Reverie takes Yellow Eyes’ sound to foreign shores without forsaking its roots—a cabin in the woods of Connecticut where the band recoded Sick With Bloom. Yellow Eyes’ dense, modal breed of “melodic” black metal has always felt like the moment when an ordinary dream becomes a nightmare, and Reverie, ensconced in unfamiliar eastern tonality and draped in an uneasy darkness, finally brings that monster to full and horrifying light.
If you thought that was it for killer local metal this week, you were dead wrong, with black/death super-project Pyrolatrous—featuring members of Hull, Anicon, Krallice, and more—set to unleash their debut full length, Teneral (Gilead Media), on Brooklyn’s tired, tinnitus-stricken masses today. A dark, damp snake pit of slithering black metal mania, performed with an aggro death metal edge, this one—streaming via Decibel—differentiates itself from the standard genre fare with personally and socially conscious lyrical themes coursing throughout. Like what you hear? Make sure to check out their record release show at Union Pool on November 11th.
Slowing things way, way, way down are mad funeral doom troubadours Bell Witch their new 84-MINUTE SINGLE, Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore). A tribute to former drummer Adrien Guerra, who passed away in 2016, Mirror Reaper is inhabited by ghosts, both actual and sonic, taking its two primary movements and bending, breaking, and stringing them upside down to create a cohesive, at-times-thrilling testament to not only a fallen brother, but experimental songcraft as a whole. This one will definitely test your patience, and you’ll find yourself drifting in and out of it (cat vids can be really distracting, I know), but the pay-off is always there, waiting around the next corner in the house of, well, mirrors. Check out the whole thing via Noisey, if you dare.
Also on the docket this week is 9-13 (Relapse), the return of the primordial sludge-core berserkers Iron Monkey. Unsheathing their crude rock weaponry for the time since 1999, Iron Monkey are out to prove time hasn’t dulled their serrated edges, and the trio more or less accomplish that feat by the end of the first verse. This is unsubtle, brutal, cathartic stuff custom built for slamming your body off of other bodies, and if you’re having a shitty week—the default setting for most weeks, I’ve found—it’s going to hit the fucking spot. Check it here.
If you still have eardrums left after all of that, also make sure to give Throane’s Plus Une Main A Mordre (Debemur morti)—a Blut Aus Nord-indented blast of tortured-but-atmospheric black stuff—and Wormwood’s Mooncurse (Translation Loss), an anvil of WICKED trippy Boston sludge from former and current members of Doomriders, The Red Chord, and Phantom Glue that’s currently streaming at over at Revolver.
Finally, in I-have-friend-who-is-peripherally-into-metal-and-they’re-probably-gonna-bring-up-these-records-and-I-swear-I’ll-be-nice-dammit news, costumed fake blood guzzlers GWAR drop their new one, The Blood of Gods (Metal Blade), while Trivium return with The Sin and the Sentence (Roadrunner). P.S. Ascendancy still kinda rulez.
WHAT TO SEE: The show week kicks off tonight Mosh For a Cure 6 at Hartley’s featuring Apparition, Extinction A.D., and more; Merciless at Knitting Factory; Bewitcher at Bar Matchless; Propagandhi at Warsaw; Within Ruins at Amityville Music Hall; and A Wilhelm Scream at Saint Vitus. After that, Saturday goes off with Millions of Dead Cops at El Cortez, Reign of Zaius at Lucky 13 Saloon, Two Man Advantage at Amityville Music Hall, A Very Demonic Halloween featuring On Broken Wings at Brooklyn Bazaar, Motograter at Dingbatz, and Cleric/Imperial Triumphant at Saint Vitus. If you survive all that, the weekend wraps up on Sunday with Sentinels at Dingbatz, Cold as Life at Debonair Music Hall, Python at Saint Vitus, Ill Nino at Starland Ballroom, and Soulfly performing Nailbomb classics at Gramercy Theatre with Cannabis Corpse and Noisem.
On Monday, meanwhile, Insane Clown Posse hit Brooklyn Bazaar for a goofy one, while Our Lady Peace play Irving Plaza and Chaste do their thing at Vitus. Tuesday finds Pigs Blood at Metal Kingdom Record Store, Queens of the Stone Age at MSG, and The Obsessed/Cobalt at Saint Vitus, before Wednesday welcomes Soul Remnants at The Kingsland, I Prevail at PlayStation Theater, Mushroomhead at Chrome, and Manilla Road at Saint Vitus. Finally, Thursday brings the TOGTE week to a close with Dalek/Street Sects at Saint Vitus, Derdoorian at Brooklyn Bazaar, Lords of Acid at Gramercy Theatre, and the best bang for your notes-per-set buck at Vitus, featuring Origin, Archspire, and Defeated Sanity.
WHAT THE FUCK: Hmm, I wonder what Dave Mustaine is up to…
…nevermind, I’m just gonna drink this bottle of bleach and never wake up. Have a great weekend, people.