Friday, December 9, 2011

Vol. V

After 8 years of spewing forth countless demos, EP's and splits of the blackest of all rock n' roll, Cleveland's one and only Midnight have (finally) unleashed their highly-anticipated debut album, Satanic Royalty via Hells Headbangers Records. This spring, the unholy trio will return to Brooklyn for an evening of pure lust, filth and sleaze alongside our very own disgusting thrashers Villains — definitely a match made in the depths of Hell!

Richmond, Virginia's supreme metal punks, Parasytic, have agreed come up to partake in this blasphemous event and we here at BBQ Booking couldn't have asked for anyone better. Support will come from Trenchgrinder — the brand-new crusty old-school death metal cult featuring ex-members/members of Atakke and Mutant Supremacy (respectively). If you're into Bolt Thrower, Terrorizer and Extreme Noise Terror, you will not be disappointed. 

This is guaranteed to be our most insane offering yet so be sure to show up!

7 April 2011
-with support-
57 Waterbury Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
$10/9PM/All Ages

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Thanks to all who made this night possible: the Studio staff, Inquisition, Disma, Agrath, Andy Horn, and most importantly, all the die hard underground metal fukks that showed up!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Vol. IV

BBQ Booking is back in full force!

For our fourth volume, we are extremely proud to announce the return of Washington-via-Colombia's black magick leaders Inquisition to New York City. The band—drummer Incubus and vocalist/guitarist Dagon—have been relentlessly creating their unique brand of black metal for over two decades and have been consistently evolving from Anxious Death, the band's debut EP from 1990, to their latest opus, last year's Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm.  The duo have been very active live during the past few years, with appearances at the Kings of Black Metal festival in Germany, Maryland Deathfest in the U.S. and tours in Europe. This December will see the band's first-ever tour of the States and will sure be the first of many.

Joining the mighty Inquisition will be none other than New Jersey death metal powerhouse Disma! 

Though the band is relatively new (formed in 2005 and released first demo, The Vault of Membros, in 2009), the members are not; having played and currently playing in Incantation, Goreaphobia and Funebrarum. The band rarely makes live appearances and we're honored that they have agreed to perform a full set at this particular show! 

In addition, New York City's best kept secret, Agrath, will kick off this death-black ritual, unleashing their brand of hateful black metal onto us. They will go on early so you'd best get there early!

Tickets are on sale now at this location!

2 Dec 2011
-with very special guests-
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
"...through the paths of darkness..."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Death is the Answer

When we got news earlier this year that Germany's cult kings (and queen) of bestial thrash Nocturnal were going to come over to the States for the coveted Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, we here at BBQ Booking wet ourselves a fair amount. One of us even has a Nocturnal tattoo, for fuck's sake.  Which is not to say that when we were bestowed upon the task of setting up a show with them with tourmates (and the equally impressive) Witchaven,  we — for a lack of a better term — completely lost our shit.

It's been two months since that unholy evening and we thought we'd catch up with Nocturnal's head commando Avenger for his thoughts on the band's first-ever U.S. tour, New York City, MDF and the future.

What’s up in the world of Nocturnal at the moment?
Hey, currently not that much. We're currently rehearsing with a new drummer. We have a gig in October in Belgium lined up, but nothing else at the moment.

You guys hit the road with Witchaven in May, traveling from coast to coast in the United States. How was that experience?
Overall it was a fantastic experience. Those are not the kind of things you do everyday. Some bands never make a tour anywhere, and especially that we managed to tour the U.S. is a really special thing for us.

Was it everything you expected?
Well, I kept my expectations low. We knew it would be hard with all the long travels and everything but it was a lot better than we expected it to be. Some things are different in the U.S. compared to playing gigs in Europe so there were situations we really did not expect, but nothing which we couldn't handle.

What were the high and low points of the tour?
The low points were the long travels and sometimes the venues and their owners… Some do think we're little kids on their playground and they don't realize that it's the bands who bring people into their shitholes. Building up a whole stage setup every gig was another crappy thing. Luckily, we had not much to do with it beside carrying around some stuff. The Witchaven guys had all the work and when we were on we just had to plug in and thrash the hell out of their equipment. I will never understand why bands don't share their basic equipment. Here, it is pretty common that the promoter has to take care of the basic stuff, usually it's the local opening band who needs to bring their shit to be allowed to play at the first place. We sometimes had backstage rooms filled with six full drumkits and tons of boxes and crap. Anyway, beside those minor things we had nothing to worry about.

The good parts were being able to meet all the new people, all the guys I was sometimes in contact with for many, many years and finally could drink a beer with in real life. And the Witchaven guys were among the greatest you can have doing a tour with; down to earth and full of support in every detail.

Talk about Destruction’s notorious tour manager, too…
Actually, it's not a big thing. That guy thought he can boss around Witchaven and Nocturnal while setting up our gear and merchandise. And when Henry [Witchaven vocalist/guitarist] told him to fuck off he was pissed and tried to kick us [off] the Houston show. That little incident happened in San Antonio and he called the promoter from Houston and said he does not want us to play. But luckily the promoter is a fan of both of our bands and he was responsible for bringing both of our tours together on this date in the first place. So, Mr. Tour Manager had us around a second time and didn't speak a word to us, which was the way we handled it as well. The funny thing is that I heard similar things from various sources at places we played later and the Destruction tour stopped before us. Seems no one likes this guy, ha ha…

Prior to Maryland Deathfest, Nocturnal headlined a packed house in New York City with two of the city’s best bands: Villains and Syphilitic Lust. How did that show go?
The show was excellent. I really enjoyed all the bands playing, which was not the case with most of the shows we played. The sound could have been better on stage, but compared to some other gigs we played before it was still like heaven, ha ha.

Did you guys do anything exciting in NYC?
We did some sightseeing before the show, visited the Times Square, being all tourist. We parked the van at the Hilton for 40 USD / two hours. But there is so much to see in this city that half a day shows you barely anything. We were eating pizza at some “supposed-to-be” legendary pizza place, which was just a small unorganized place with old and fucked up furniture… No idea why that thing was packed with people. And as you probably know the CBGB's club once was near the venue we played. And we stepped into that Morrison Hotel place next to it to check it out. The guy running it is a photographer who asked us for a photo and he suggested it making it from the same view as that famous Ramones pic from the late-70's in front of the CBGB's. That was somewhat cool. He came later and brought us a print of the photo to the venue.

After the gig we were visiting a bar in Brooklyn where we were drinking for the rest of the night until the morning sun made us drive off to our hotel in Baltimore…

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t Nocturnal usually play with two guitarists? If so, where was he?
Yeah, you are right. We now have Teutonic Slaughter [also of Cruel Force with bassist Vomiter] as the second guitar player in Nocturnal. The problem was that because of his working situation he could not come with us. He tells everyone he stayed there to see Iron Maiden a dozen times but that only made it easier for him to not come with us. In fact, the reasons are way more uncool, ha ha. But you need to keep in mind that Nocturnal played with one guitar for many, many years and Teutonic Slaughter is a recent addition. We only played two gigs with him prior to the tour, so I really did not want to cancel the whole tour idea only because of that. Of course when we are coming back we will bring him with us.

Explain the addition of Ketzer’s [drummer] Desecratör for the tour. How did that come about?
Since Hellbastard left the band we were working with Doomhammer (ex-Old) as a session drummer. He helped us out for the gigs we still had booked. But he is mainly a guitarist and did not feel too comfortable behind the drumkit. Beside this he could not come with us to the U.S. anyway for other reasons so we asked Desecratör if he would do the tour with us and that's how we made it. We had to find someone who is a good enough drummer to play our songs and most importantly needs to be someone we could imagine being on tour with for 2-3 weeks. We became really good friends during the tour and we thank him eternally for helping us out.

Are there any differences between German and American thrashers/metal fans?
The only difference I've noticed is that the Americans don't give much about those fashion kind of things. In Germany, it's a lot about the “look.” I've seen people with shorts and stupid hats being beaten the shit out of if they showed up at the wrong gigs, ha ha. In the U.S., sometimes people showed up straight from work and somewhat looked like that, and no one seemed to care.

In terms of dedication to heavy metal it's the same as in Europe. If not even more since sometimes people were driving more hours than we did to see the shows…

Germany has some killer bands right now, such as Cruel Force, Desaster, Blizzard, Ketzer, Occvlta, Venenum, Beyond, Katharsis, etc. Are you familiar with America’s current metal scene?
I really don't like talking about scenes. There are good and bad bands everywhere. I´m familiar with a lot of bands from the U.S., past and present. My favourites nowadays are Midnight, Nunslaughter, Cianide, Pentagram and Profanatica (still) to name a few. I never really liked the so-called “Bay Area Thrash” bands like Heathen or Testament, never had and never will. I preferred the bands from the east coast like Overkill or Carnivore.

We were up in front for you guys at Maryland Deathfest and though the performance was killer, there seemed to be some incident with your set time. Can you explain what happened there for those who didn’t know?
As you may know we were the first band playing on that particular outside stage. We were there about an hour before we were supposed to start. But they did not start building up the stage until half an hour before maybe.

To make it short, they brought all kinds of useless crap, like six or eight guitar cabinets, 3 - 4 microphone stands and so on… But we were missing a power cable for the guitar amp and a stand for the snare. We told them numerous times, and that one guy really did his best to get things going, but in the end when we were supposed to start, we were standing on stage, people were waiting and we still didn't have that damn snare stand. Thanks again to the Witchaven guys who got their own stand out of the blue. That led us starting the gig later as intended. And when Tyrannizer announced the last song they told us to stop right away. Vomitor and Desecratör were getting in an argument with that guy and he told them they will cut the power when we start the song… So we left the stage pissed off about that. So it was us and the fans who didn't get what they should just because they don't have their shit together. Even the two bands afterward still played with the snare stand from Witchaven… I don´t know, but I think something like this is very weak for a festival which is supposed to be America's biggest one. Even on the smaller German festivals things seem to be better organized. And you somewhat get treated with a minimum of respect.

What were some of the highlights of MDF for you? Did you buy any cool records/merch?
For me that was Witchaven (their best performance on the whole tour definitely), Machetazo, In Solitude (even when I missed most of them), Repugnant, Cianide, Aura Noir, Inquisition and fucking Nunslaughter! Nuclear Assault was cool as well, but I never was a big fan. Never gave a shit about Coroner. I sadly missed tons of other bands I really wanted to watch, like Acid Witch or Doom… I bought lots of 7-inch vinyl and shirts. I was looking for an Impetigo shirt for ages. You don't get that stuff that easy over here, and MDF sellers had tons of them.

What’s next for Nocturnal?
There are plans to check out a new studio before we will do a new full-length album. We will record a new track and a cover song most likely. This will be put out on a 7-inch or split 7-inch with another famous German black/thrash band. I won't say any name here, since it's not set in stone yet. Just a random idea between both bands…

Last words?
Thanks for your support, especially for bringing us to New York City. I hope we'll have more time for sightseeing in your city next time we're around…

Friday, June 10, 2011

Visuals of Hades

Some pictures of our third event featuring Nocturnal from Germany.

You can view the rest on our Facebook page.

In other news, we're working on the next show.

Monday, May 2, 2011

It has come to our attention that the Gypsyhawk, Natur and Hessian gig that will be happening at the Acheron on May 2nd is being listed as a BBQ Booking production.

To clarify: it is NOT our show! However, we do endorse it as Natur and Hessian are both quality heavy metal bands.

Also, as a reminder, tickets are still available for our third ritual with Nocturnal (from Germany), Witchaven (L.A.), Villains and Syphilitic Lust. Get them at this location.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pilgrim's Quest

Playing "Quest" live at the Cake shop last Saturday. Pilgrim opened up the first ever BBQ Booking ritual.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Vol. III

For the past 11 years, Germany's unholy thrash union Nocturnal (Deathstrike Records) have been desecrating Europe with its sinister brand of blackened speed metal. On May 25th, BBQ Booking is honored to join forces with the Teutonic terrorists for a night of Unholy Blasphemies, together with southern California's blackened thrashers Witchaven. The two bands will be performing at the coveted Maryland Deathfest, which kicks off the next day, so this is one gathering you won't want to miss as you'll see full sets from both. Rounding out this already powerful bill are two of New York City's prized—and often overlooked—gems: sleazy death/thrashers Villains (Nuclear War Now! Productions) and blackened thrash power-trio Syphilitic Lust.

Once again, illustrator Dilek Baykara designed the flyer you see above. Hails!

327 Bowery
New York, NY, 11206
$10 / 8PM
"...around the corner, the speed commando awaits you..."

The Metal Inquisition

Two-thirds of BBQ Booking hosts an internet radio show called The Metal Inquisition every Saturday night from 8PM-10PM (EST). Listen to it.

While you're at it, check out their blog.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hail the Pilgrim

Last Saturday, Rhode Island’s new masters of doom, Pilgrim, came down to New York City yet again and shared the stage with fellow doom warriors Hour of 13 of North Carolina. It was the best I’d seen them and the sold-out crowd definitely shared my enthusiasm towards the band. BBQ Booking caught up with singer/guitarist Jon Rossi to shoot the shit about his band, video games and the future.

Poison Tongue Records — is it true?
Yes, Alan from Primordial contacted us via MySpace. He wants us to do a full-length for them.

How’d he hear about you guys?
The Internet is a weird place. You'll find what you're looking for if you look for it long enough.

Are you a Primordial fan?
I'd never heard of them until he contacted me. They're alright.

Tell me the story of Pilgrim thus far. I believe you founded the band?
I did. I met my drummer Nick in high school. We bonded over Nineties musicians like Nirvana and the Melvins. We used to be called Big Cheese. As time went on, we discovered doom and stoner rock and it resonated really well with us. We wanted to play music that encompassed our personal interests with the sound established by our idols so we started writing music about Satan, Dungeons and Dragons and The Legend of Zelda. It all stemmed from there. We are basement dwellers at heart. We like tabletop roleplaying games and video games — we’re not going to lie. Mixing that with Satan and drugs is the vibe we get.

Do you remember the first time you encountered doom metal?
I heard Electric Wizard by accident one day. I heard the Dopesmoker album and showed it to my friends. It changed our lives.

There's a variety of doom metal today, such as sludge, traditional doom, doom-death...which do you prefer? I get a very Reverend Bizarre sound from you guys.
Yeah, the traditional doom sound has found a way into our hearts. Reverend Bizarre is definitely one of our favorite bands of all time. They are fucking KILLER.

You guys played with Hour of 13 last weekend. How’d it go? You guys seem to play down here a lot.
Coming down to NYC is always a treat for us, although rather expensive, which is unfortunate considering we are all as poor as you can get. Seems like each time we stomp through the city we get a better and better reception. We're glad people understand what we're playing; something that people in Rhode Island can't fathom for the life of them.

How is the Rhode Island metal scene, anyway?
It is utter shit; complete garbage. I can name two or three bands that rule from Providence but other than a hopeful handful, there is a sea of screamo, emo, core, bullshit guitar-centered rock bands and kids that think it'd be cool to have a band – inspired by the worst of the worst — ruining it for the rest of us. It's truly a disgrace.

At least you guys have Armageddon Records.
Yeah, they're awesome dudes. Rhode Island is a place of great creative dominance. You can feel it in the air here. Unfortunately, I feel it is going to poor use.

"Forsaken Man" is the track that I feel best represents Pilgrim. It's epic and says "doom metal" all over it. How do you go about composing? Who are your influences?
Writing comes really slowly to us. I feel like it takes months of inspiration and emotion for us to conjure even a basic idea for a song. We don't like to play something unless we know Astaroth himself would be pleased. Seriously.

We sort of think of our songs as secular dirges; heavy, electric chamber music, if you will. They're not really written for our enjoyment, or for people listening. We write for the gods! And to name a few influences: Reverend Bizarre, Electric Wizard, Burzum, Acid King, Ramesses, the Melvins…anything huge, heavy and meaningful.

It's very interesting to me that you guys are so young, yet your musical tastes completely avoid trendy music that most people in your age group listen to. Not to mention the fact that very little goes on in Rhode Island. Care to explain how this is?
I think it stems from how we grew up. We were nerds, to be frank, one way or another. A lot of time reflecting, thinking and growing by your lonesome leads to a creative and powerful mind. I think each member of this band has done that. Also, growing up in the new millennium, we’ve had access to the Internet and have actively searched out — like a holy fucking quest — the best and purest music. A lot of it, in our opinion, happens to be doom and black metal haha.

Would it be fair to say that your involvement in roleplaying games and video games already set you guys apart from mainstream culture?
Most definitely. It’s never been something considered "cool," although recently we've been noticing a huge resurgence and interest in fantasy media, probably due in part to the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings films.

What are some roleplaying and/or video games that you're really into, and did you like those Lord of the Rings films?
I personally love the films. Nick can recite the entire movie almost line for line.

I play a lot of old-school console and PC games. I love The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy: they warped my mind as a small kid. I still play them to this day, over and over. We play Dungeons and Dragons on and off, unfortunately not as much as we used to. Also, I think the group consensus as of this very moment is that The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion is our current favorite game.

How about Star Wars?
Growing up in the Nineties, we got lucky with our lot of fantasy entertainment, but missed out on a lot of the old greats, like Star Wars. The band loves Star Wars, but I've never gotten to bask in its full, original glory.

You know, I'm shocked that you guys aren't into bands like Finntroll or that folk/battle stuff.
I am, too. There’s something about folk metal that we're not really into. We like darkness in music — dark music; evil music.

So I guess "party thrash" is something you will never enjoy, even at the least.
Hahaha, perhaps not. Maybe when we're older and not such strict critics.

Let’s go back to the full-length. What’s the progress report?
We're waiting to hear back from the big-wigs at Metal Blade.

They’re a big deal.
They scare us, but we know Alan has a good reputation. We trust him to not let our music disintegrate into a money trap.

Better get a lawyer ASAP.
We’re working on it.

I’m pretty much done with the questions. Any last words?
Fuck new metal, throw away your TV and shut off your radio. The Internet is a powerful tool — use it to go back in time and see what once was. There is a lot of good music you haven't discovered yet that needs listening, such as Nightlore. And HAIL ASTAROTH!

Download/listen to the band's latest demo here now. You will not be disappointed.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Vol. II

BBQ Booking is proud to announce our second live ritual, entitled The Night of the Witch!.

Perfectly bridging doom, drone, noise and black metal, Norway's ALTAAR is ready to bring its signature and much-celebrated live rituals to New York City for the first time ever on March 12. Fans of Sunn O))), Ulver and Thrones take note. Black metal has never sounded more grim.

In addition, New York City's very own Occultation will join forces with the Norwegians to help create a ritual unlike anything you have ever experienced. One listen to their debut demo, Somber Dawn, will no doubt take you away from this plane and into dimensions you did not know exist. Rounding out the bill is another Norwegian group: Deathcrush. The band's name isn't just a tribute to the landmark EP of the same name, but a statement to those who question black metal's artistry. The Oslo-based trio takes elements of noise punk, no-wave and all-around insanity to create an unforgettable live performance. BBQ Booking is honored to be in league with the unholy trio of these three groups.

Once again, illustrator Dilek Baykara has offered her services to create the flyer. View her ever-expanding portfolio here. Ave.

57 Waterbury Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11206
$8 / 9PM 
"...dancing shadows in the dark..."

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bring Your Wickedness and Doom

The hour is drawing nigh.

In four days, Hour of 13, Natur and Pilgrim will descend into the crypts of the Cake Shop to celebrate a night of doom, death and magick. If you haven't yet purchased your ticket, be sure to do so at the following location. There is a strict capacity of 100 strong — act accordingly.

For those who do not know, Hour of 13 singer Phil Swanson has departed with the group. Fortunately, the band has found a more-than-suitable replacement and will debut the new singer on this night. Guitarist/mainman Chad Davis has provided a preview of what's to come. You'd be a fool to miss this.

"...ritual commence, the ceremony begins..."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Welcome the Devil

Our brothers and sisters at Skill Wizard, Terrorizer and Elastic Artists have announced their own evening of doom and magick in their hometown of London, England with Norway's Devil and hometown doom legion Age of Taurus. It seems that the ghoulish powers that be have made it possible for us to share this same evening with our rituals.

On the fifth of March, death and darkness will be cast upon the damned shores of New York City and London.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Pathway to Darkness

It is now possible to purchase tickets for Hour of 13: An Evening of Doom and Magick at the following location. There is a strict capacity of 100 bodies, so be sure to make haste.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Vol. I

BBQ Booking, in association with Earache Records, is proud to announce our very first live ritual, entitled An Evening of Doom and Magick.

To celebrate the label's recent addition of North Carolinian doom metal horde Hour of 13 to its roster - and the re-release of the band's brilliant offering, The Ritualist - we have initiated this gathering for your hunger for true doom metal. New York's heavy metal warriors Natur and Rhode Island's epic doomsters Pilgrim will provide additional death and magick.

More information - including ticket info - will be made available as soon as they are ready.

Hails to Dilek Baykara for illustrating a proper border for our flyer. May the Devil send you His wrath. View her morbid art on her website.

152 Ludlow Street
New York, NY, 10002
$10 / 9 pm
"...only to the Devil will I bow..."

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Forsaken Man

Rhode Island's godly doom metal band Pilgrim has a new single entitled "Forsaken Man" for your listening pleasure.

Listen/download it here.