As Gussy’s rises in popularity, more varied acts are coming to Queens, and I could not be happier. On a night filled with oldfavorites, I was pleasantly surprised about the strangeness that is Black Table. Black Table are an experimental metal band from the NYC Tri-State area. “Experimental,” in my listening experience, tends to be code for “weird and terrible,” but Black Table’s sound has a coherence that is usually absent in the experimental bands I’ve heard.
Founded in 2010, Black Table released their debut EP Sentinel in late 2012. Almost immediately, the band started getting recognition for it, and for very good reason. Decibel Magazine interviewed them for their “Throw Me A Frickin’ Label Hack” feature (kind of like Hail Of The Week, but with a punchier title) and (rightly) called their music “stirring and well-executed.” Their live show was captivating as well, and if the sound in the tiny venue had been a bit less earth-shatteringly loud, I would have been front and center in the audience. They’ll be playing a slightly larger venue this week — their next show is at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on the 17th with Hush, Buckshot Facelift, and Vise Massacre.
The video below is from the show I attended. Vocalist Mers Sumida in particular kicked a ton of ass, and I’m sure that the band will rock Brooklyn on Sunday just as hard as they did Queens.
August’s issue of Decibel Magazine, featuring Kylesa‘s Laura Pleasants, Royal Thunder‘s Mlny Parsonz, and Cretin‘s Marissa Martinez (and they’re all wearing all their clothes! glory be!) on the cover, is finally in stores! The “Women In Metal” issue features a photo session with the three covergirls as well as interviews with doom metallers Jucifer, the legendary Doro Pesch, female-fronted death metal band Landmine Marathon, and several other female metal musicians.
Decibel’s “Women In Metal” stands in stark contrast to Revolver’s annual “Hottest Chicks In Metal” issue, which unabashedly focuses more on good-looking women than women with talent. I admit I haven’t picked up “Women In Metal” yet, but the sight of three FULLY-CLOTHED (no, I will not stop gushing about how great it is that they’re not naked — deal with it) badass ladies with no-nonsense expressions on their faces in lieu of come-hither stares and exaggerated pouts on the cover really warms my grim, frost-bitten heart. Pick up the issue today, and let us know what you think!
Watain have been keeping it brutal for 13 years now, and in true Satanic black metal form, they have decided to release a DVD to commemorate this special year. The DVD, titled Opus Diaboli, features Watain’s anniversary concert in Stockholm as well as the work leading up to the momentous event. About the upcoming release of Opus Diaboli, the band stated:
Haha, get it? Because zombies ARE cannibal corpses!
Seriously though, everyone’s favorite death metal band will be on the cover of Decibel Magazine’s upcoming zombie issue. What a zombie issue of a metal music magazine would entail, I’m not so sure. However, the issue promises to feature what author Chris Dick refers to as a “corpse dissertation” including an in-depth interview (partly about zombies, primarily about boring stuff like the band’s upcoming album Torture, and music, and blah blah blah) with Cannibal Corpse frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher. Decibel Magazine: The Zombie Issue! hits newsstands tomorrow, but if you are too lazy to leave your apartment, you can pre-order your issue at Decibel Magazine’s online store.
Additionally, Cannibal Corpse’s album Torture is available for pre-order on its very own landing page. You’ll have to wait a tiny bit longer for that one, as it will be released on March 13.