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Tombs – “Heroes” (David Bowie Cover) Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When NYC post-metal band Tombs covered David Bowie’s “Heroes,” they did two versions of the song: the traditional version, in which the whole song is sung in English, and “Heroes/Helden,” featured in the film Christiane F, in which the first half of the song is in English, and the second half in German. For the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 13, 2014 - 11:22 am

Stream Tombs Savage Gold

New York’s Tombs are one of the most vital and beloved bands in the underground metal universe, and their bruised, heaving sound tends to transcend the subgenre distinctions that scar that landscape. On their new album Savage Gold, you can hear traces of everything from Morbid Angel’s punishing death-metal blitzkriegs to Eyehategod’s swampy doom-metal misanthropy. More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 4, 2014 - 3:22 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, but the songs we’ve chosen to send you into the holiday weekend are uniformly dark and despairing. Strand Of Oaks and DJ Dodger Stadium turned deeply personal strokes of melancholy into two very different sorts of anthems. Tombs and Mirel Wagner evoked two distinct breeds of… More »

By: Stereogum / May 23, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Q&A: Tombs’ Mike Hill On Death, Coffee, & Savage Gold + “Spiral” (Stereogum Premiere)

You know those television ads that feature the “most interesting man alive”? Well, Mike Hill might be the most interesting man making metal music today. He practices Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He hosts a podcast called Everything Went Black (an homage to a Black Flag album of the same name). He’s a health enthusiast… More »

By: Justin M. Norton / May 19, 2014 - 11:32 am

The Black Market: The Month In Metal – April 2014

In last month’s Black Market, we spent a lot of space celebrating the triumphant returns of numerous kings: Agalloch, Triptykon, Thou, Eyehategod … even the mighty Metallica came back to us with their strongest material in decades. We witnessed a similar wave in April, but this time, the old gods were not so beneficent: Three… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 30, 2014 - 12:01 pm

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

Tombs – “Passageways” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Last year, the crushing New York trio Tombs released Path Of Totality, one of the finest metal albums of the year. Tomorrow, the people at Scion AV will release a whole slew of new metal and electronic videos, and we got an early look at Tombs’ clip for the melodic sludge-bomb “Passageways,” in which director… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2012 - 5:34 pm

Decibel’s 40 Best Albums Of 2011

The early onslaught of year-end best-of lists continues! The great underground metal magazine Decibel has now joined the fray, publishing its list of the 40 best metal (and, I guess, metal-ish) albums of the year. The top spot goes to Path Of Totality, the new one from New York doom-scuzz trio Tombs. And there are… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 30, 2011 - 10:34 am

Under The Influence: Tombs Path Of Totality

Tombs’ Path Of Totality topped my list of the Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far. I was curious what sort of personal soundtrack went into that muscular, violent, surprisingly delicate and detailed blend of New York noise-rock, black metal, and industrialized blast-beat shoegaze, so I asked them to make a related mix for… More »

By: brandon / July 12, 2011 - 10:19 am

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far

Before the quibbling starts: I didn’t include YOB’s Atma because it isn’t out until August. It would be way up there. I’ve also been listening to Dragged Into Sunlight’s Hatred For Mankind quite a bit, but since it has an original release date of ’09 before Prosthetic’s 2011 reissue, I didn’t include that either. O… More »

By: brandon / June 28, 2011 - 9:48 am

Tombs – “To Cross The Land” (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn trio Tombs is a quintessentially New York band, one that couldn’t be from anywhere else. The feeling’s reminiscent of Swans, the way Gira’s sound is married and inextricably linked to the crumbling Manhattan where it was birthed. In the case of Tombs, there’s the take-no-shit vocalist/guitarist Mike Hill, and a rhythm section that playMore »

By: brandon / May 9, 2011 - 10:41 am

Haunting The Chapel: The 30 Best Metal Albums Of 2009 (Plus Dozens Of Guest Lists)

Every year I’m tempted to — and sometimes do — say “this has been a great year for metal.” It’s a toss-away idea: If you consume the genre obsessively, every year seems sort of great, the chaff turning fuzzy and falling into the background, the favorites cementing themselves in your brain and eardrums. Or maybe… More »

By: brandon / December 19, 2009 - 6:41 pm

New Tombs Video – “Gossamer”

It’s early, but Tombs’ excellent Winter Hours is one of those albums I know will be with me when the calendar’s about to shift and it’s time for end-of-the-year lists. The Brooklyn trio’s Relapse debut blends New York hardcore intensity with blackened atmospherics and extended shoegaze textures. They’re a blistering live band piloted by Black… More »

By: brandon / February 2, 2009 - 1:46 pm