Another week, another This Goes to Eleven. It’s business as usual here at corporate HQ, so punch in and get in the pit.
WHAT TO HEAR: First up this week is Weeping Choir (Relapse), the latest face melter good ol’ boyz in Full of Hell. It’s always been a little tricky to separate Full of Hell from their hype—great merch, crossover appeal, brutal live show—but Weeping Choir is a significant sonic step forward for the band, with technical riff construction and a hectic layered vocal production, complementing frontman Dylan Walker’s trademark dog whistle screech with a gurgling low end from the death metal depths. Throw in harsh noise excursions like “Rainbow Coil” and a wonderfully gothic art direction, and you have a winner. Get destroyed here.
You’re gonna need a bit of a palate of cleanse after one, and thankfully Saint Vitus (the band), with their new self-titled full length (Season of Mist). If you know anything about Saint Vitus’ trailblazing doom, you already know what to expect—think Sabbath but punker—but the band’s 9th LP is most notable for the inclusion of original vocalist Scott Reagers, who returns in fine fettle from a 24-year absence. Some might lament the lack of Wino, but the album is everything you want from Saint Vitus and nothing you don’t, so make sure to give it a look.
Speaking of long-lost legends, German industrial lightning rods Rammstein are also back from a decade long-sabbatical with a new and self-titled LP today. The first single “Deutschland” has a little bit of everything Rammstein fans could possibly have hoped for—pulsing synths, driving industrial rhythms, Till Lindemann’s demented croon, and, of course, a little controversy. The latter comes by way of the “Deutschland” video, a big budget sci-fi trip through the collected history of Germany featuring members of Rammstein in concentration camp garb that has received condemnations from German officials. As is usually the case with Rammstein, it’s more inflammatory than insensitive, but feel free to make your own determinations on that.
After that, let’s keep things weird with Zentrum (Prophecy Productions), a murky, melodramatic batch of mid-tempo noise rock from German experimentalists Valborg. If you’re into Daughters’ anxious grooves, you’ll probably dig this one. After that, turn up the sad with Texas trio Glassing and their sophomore full-length Spotted Horse (Brutal Panda), a progressive take on post-screamo that tugs on heart and headbang strings alike.
Finally, wrap up the week We Proclaim Your Death O’ Lord (Selfmadegod), the latest instrument of torture from death-doom duo Encoffination. If that doesn’t scratch the itch, then check out Aseethe’s Throes (Thrill Jockey)—a caustic protest sludge manifesto—and Lo-Pan’s Subtle (Aqualamb Records), a swaggering riff-rock opus pierced by Jeff Martin’s stately cleans.
WHAT TO SEE: The shows go on tonight, starting with the first of three straight Slackers gigs at The Kingsland, Night Gallery at Coney Island Baby, Black n’ Blue Bowl Pre-Party at Brooklyn Bazaar, LANY at Hammerstein Ballroom, Zurrendah at Clash Bar, Impellitteri at Blackthorn 51, The Brought Low at Hank’s Saloon, Stryper at Gramercy Theatre, mewithoutYou/Cursive at White Eagle Hall, and Uniform/Wear Your Wounds at Saint Vitus. Saturday keeps the ball rolling with The Upfux at Clash Bar, Secrets at Gold Sounds, Antisect at 131 Berry Street, a Rude Pride late show at Gold Sounds, The Murder Junkies at Amityville Music Hall, Black n’ Blue Bowl featuring Killing Time at Brooklyn Bazaar, Institute at Vitus, and Avatar/Devin Townsend at Starland Ballroom, while Sunday goes down with more Black n’ Blue Bowl featuring Iron Reagan at Brooklyn Bazaar, Galare at Lucky 13 Saloon, Beton at Cobra Club, The Murder Junkies at QXT’s, Hocico at Vitus, and Felix Martin at Gold Sounds.
Monday is quiet, while Tuesday makes up for it with Pink Cocoon at Lucky 13 Saloon, Ossuary at Vitus, Animals as Leaders at Irving Plaza, Sum 41 at Gramercy Theatre (lol), and P.O.D. at Starland Ballroom (lol lol lol). Wednesday features Mono and Emma Ruth Rundle at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Flotsam & Jetsam at Gramercy Theatre, Oldearthanalog at Saint Vitus, and Wasted Theory at Arlene’s Grocery, before Thursday wraps things up with Sulaco at Gold Sounds and The Accused AD at Saint Vitus.
WHAT THE FUCK: Sad stuff this week. Jona Wright, the daughter of Obituary bassist Terry Butler, has passed away in a car accident, leaving six and ten-year-old sons behind. The family has set up a Gofundme to aid with all the predatory fiscal nastiness that comes with a sudden death, so if you can, get over there and lend a helping hand.