Where is Jamey Jasta and Headbanger’s Ball when you need ’em? Just kidding, although without them, this particular creature would never have heard Mastodon in time to see them support Slayer, or bore witness to the emergence of the NWOAHM, primarily given it’s opportunity through that show. Now, as I have some time on my hands, I will be taking over the Jasta role (not really) by picking and choosing some of the best music videos of the year, giving them a few words and creating a uniquely hilarious and pointless tally system. These are all music videos released this year, the tracks themselves may have been released prior to 2015. Just in case one of you wily Internet types try to kick off. Enjoi.
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Were you at Bloodstock Open Air this year? Me neither. That doesn’t matter too much in the long run, more imminent is the fact that you should shift things around during your busy day to take in post/groove/riff act Sumer. Performing “Pinch, Cut” from their new album, the band rip through the track caught in the most crystal clear of sweaty images. It’s a pro shot live video, who doesn’t like them? Get on over the jump to get your groove on, you funky bunch.
In case you didn’t see the news, So Hideous are now streaming their new sophomore album, Laurestine, in its entirety over at All Music. You should absolutely head over there and listen to it as soon as you possibly can because it’s great, and also because we’ve got a couple of So Hideous-related items of our own today. Our review will be going up shortly, but first, you can now watch the entirety of our filmed live set from over the summer. We already premiered the videos for “Yesteryear” and “Relinquish,” and now you can hear second and fourth tracks “Hereafter” and “The Keepsake” along with it. Check out this brilliant set after the jump!
Last month we premiered a live performance of NYC’s So Hideous performing “Yesteryear,” the lead track off of their upcoming sophomore album Laurestine. Today we’re pleased to premiere another live track off of the album following the release of their second single, “Relinquish” (which you can be sure we’ll be covering in Singled Out later today). You can have a peek at that below!
When I heard that the mighty and legendary Neurosis were making their way to Brooklyn this summer, my heart skipped a beat at the thought of being able to film them. The venue they were originally slated to play solely in however, Warsaw, is not particularly video-friendly, at least compared to Saint Vitus, which has cultivated a genuine community of concert videographers like myself who have been doing this far longer than I have. My heart skipped a beat again then when I heard rumors of the band adding a second show at Vitus, and lo’ and behold, those rumors turned out to be true. On August 10th, the veteran progressive sludge/post-metal enclave appeared for possibly the most packed show I’ve ever seen at the venue. There was hardly an inch of free standing room, and I had to get creative and adaptive with my camera placement just in order to make it work. Neurosis also had along with them one of their openers from the rest of the tour, Aaron Turner’s (ISIS) crushing Sumac, whose debut album you really need to listen to if you haven’t already. Watch complete full sets of both of these stellar bands after the jump!
Our dear friend James Knoerl (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAME) recently went on tour as the live drummer for Heavy Blog favorite act Native Construct, who recently released the powerful Quiet World to great critical acclaim.
With a stellar lineup of Wings Denied and Outrun the Sunlight at their backs, the rising progressive giants shredded their way through the Eastern US and some of the Midwest, dominating several stops along the way, including Chicago [photos]. Photographer/videographer Jonathan Earley captured some spectacular footage of drummer James Knoerl (happy birthday, jame) during the performance of “Passage” at Michigan’s Token Lounge. Footage edited by Outrun the Sunlight’s Austin Peters.
Check out the footage below!
In the grand scheme of things, there are very few bands wherein the drummer could be seen as the focal point of a band. As far as I’m concerned, Jamie Saint Merat of New Zealand post-death metallers Ulcerate is one of the greatest drummers in the genre despite not being as well known as, say, Danny Walker or Blake Richardson. The string portion of Ulcerate is downright menacing and Lovecraftian in overall sense of murky atmosphere and dread (arguably their defining sound), but Merat’s dynamic, technical depth, and intricacy is what makes Ulcerate such an interesting band to listen to.
For those who follow the blog and our video output closely, you may recall I mentioned last month that we had an incredible set from post-black metal group So Hideous, but we could not show any of it because it contained all brand-new material off of their upcoming sophomore album Laurestine. You may also know that the band released the first official single from that album, “Yesteryear,” last week, which we thought very highly of. The track is the first of the album, and it’s a real whopper, utilizing all of the tools the band has from heart-wrenching strings, emotionally-charged howls, and gorgeous post-rock instrumentals. We are proud to be premiering a live version of that today, which you can watch after the jump!
If you live outside of the Chicagoland area, now is your chance to see Outrun the Sunlight on tour with progressive brethren Wings Denied and Native Construct. Plus, it’s their first tour ever, so all the more reason to!
We have a guitar, bass, and keyboard play-through from the band for “Where Every Word Spoken, Speaks” and “And Every Glance Given Has Only One Meaning” played back-to-back (as they appear on the album), so hit the cut for that and remaining tour dates! Also, there’s a dog in the video.
They’re playing tonight in Westland, MI at The Token Lounge!