The Best Metal Shows in NYC This Month (A/K/A Extended Saint Vitus Listings)
These are the best metal shows in NYC in April.\m/
Suffocation - 4/5 - Saint Vitus
In February, Long Island death metal outfit Suffocation unleashed their seventh studio album, Pinnacle of Bedlam, and minds were blown. It's certainly one of the best metal albums of 2013 thus far. So, seeing them at Saint Vitus on April 5 might be, ya know, a potentially skull-crushingly awesome experience. They're joined by nasty goregrinders Exhumed, the deathly Jungle Rot, technical Bay Area deathcore band Rings of Saturn, and Roman (yes, Roman, as in from Rome) metallers ADIMIRON. If you survive this show, you will have bragging rights for the rest of the month.
Evil Army - 4/5 - Acheron
Also on April 5 is Evil Army at Acheron. These Tennessee speed thrashers sing mainly about war and bear names best pronounced in a gutteral growl: Rob Evil (guitar, vocals), Michael Murder (drums), and Bones (bass). Joining them are Birth A.D., of Austin, TX, who mix punk chaos with metal themes (more war, basically), as well as locals Brooklyn Militia and Bomb Scare. It's the North vs. the South, y'all! And you know what that means: bloody civil metal WAR!
Zozobra - 4/6 - Saint Vitus
Zozobra have been getting a fair amount of buzz lately for their upcoming LP Savage Masters, due April 2 on (are you ready for this?) Brutal Panda Records. Hailing from Boston, Zozobra call themselves post-metal, but we call them High On Fire-meets-Weedeater-meets-Mastodon. Translation: if you don't smoke pot, you may have a hard time explaining why you smell like you do after this show.
Absu - 4/10-11 - Saint Vitus
Absu play a double-header at Saint Vitus with two of Brooklyn's mightiest black metal bands on April 10 (with Krallice) and 11 (with Tombs). Per their blog, these Texans (from Plano, to be exact), have been "arrogantly executing mythological occult metal since 1991". And they're not kidding. Their website includes sections dedicated to "Lyrical Magick", featuring "myths" and "spells" found among the band's songs and influences. It's slightly creepy. The evenings promise to be pitch black, so you might want to say your prayers, cross yourself, and throw salt over your shoulder, before entering the realms of mysticism and what not.