Music is at least 60% sex appeal. If not more. Personally, I’d like to say 90%, but I’ll play fair. Just this once. And if what I say is true, then Baptists issue a satisfying sex punch.
I saw Suicidal Tendencies at the Vogue on Dec. 4. It was about what you expect from any aging rockers. They scream about what it’s like to be a wounded, Pepsi-addled youth, and cry, “ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT” – while their shit is sponsored by Monster.
Can I please unsee that show? NOT sexy. Your jersey is NOT sexy. Neither are your bursts of inspirational wisdom. I don’t want to ever hear that I can achieve my potential if I reach for the stars. I just want to suicide myself and have FUN. The music was good, but the lack of sex definitely lost them a few points they can’t regain. My boner was officially KILLED.
by Oliver Sheppard
In 1993, Crypt Records released The New Bomb Turks’ “Destroy-Oh-Boy!!” LP. This LP landed like a smart bomb into the very weird early 1990s punk scene, one that was torn between the then-very popular riot grrl punk scene, the newfound interest in grunge & indie rock evinced by music columnists – rock critics who suddenly had been hip to punk all along, but had apparently felt no need to write about it or let anyone in on the secret before 1991, before Nirvana – and actual hardcore punk, which was delving more deeply into crusty Japanese and Scandinavian hardcore. It was a weird time for underground punk music.
John Peel almost immediately enlisted the New Bomb Turks for some Peel Sessions. And those Peel Sessions are below. As well, a New Bomb Turks split with Swedish death metal band The Entombed followed. That is also below. And Maximum Rock n’ Roll [specifically, MRR editor Tim Yohannan] said the New Bomb Turks’ debut LP was one of the best LPs since the founding of punk rock. Two decades since its 1993 release, Destroy-Oh-Boy!! is due for a proper appreciation.
Britain’s Caïna has returned to black metal; so declares Earth Inferno’s press sheet. After emerging from hiatus, seemingly concluding with the sublime Hands That Pluck, Andrew Curtis-Brignell’s Caïna began occupying a totally different musical realm with Litanies of Abjection, a record more in tune with Coil, Swans and shades of noise and power electronics. The raw black metal of, say, When We Are Grown, We Will Be Strong, seemed like a distant memory. Or not.
Earth Inferno’s tracks aren’t exactly new – save for one – with most of the material penned between 2008 and 2011, when our knowledge of Caïna included records like Temporary Antennae or the split with Krieg, so the cassette release occupies a decidedly BM realm.
Suitably lo-fi and grimy, Earth Inferno is a defiant call to sounds of yore. While much more in the vein of orthodox black metal, there are still strains of melodic grandeur from the likes of Temporary Antennae to maintain a recent flair, keeping the EP from ever being one dimensional.
Sick graphics have always been important to the world of skateboarding. Many underground illustrators who started in the metal & punk scenes have created some of the most coveted decks on the planet. Beyond that, not only are these pieces of wood used to grind ourselves all over the city in which we live, but illustrated skate decks are art pieces in their own right. So when I heard that the master of death and decay himself, Mark Riddick, had started a skateboard line through Boardpusher, I had to share it with our readers! They have have released six morbid decks featuring art that makes the underworld come to life. Even if you do not skate, hang these bastards on your wall and collect all six…SKATE OR DIE!…Riddickart skate decks are available HERE!
Seventh Rule is a label that has consistently put out some of our favorite releases over the 10 years they have been around, and today we’re happy to let you know that in honor of their 10 year anniversary, they are doing something even more rad than we ever imagined! As a way to thank the people who have bought their releases and kept them going strong after a decade, they are giving away their vinyl discography to one lucky winner! This amazing prize package includes releases from Indian, Batillus, Atriarch, Gnaw, Author & Punisher and many more!! I am warning you – I entered and I am doing my best black magic to make sure I win, but just in case you still want to enter, check out all the info below…
Seventh Rule has been around for 10 Years now, and its been a beautiful blur. We’ve seen highs and lows, but are happy and thankful to all the people who continue to support us through the years. Such a milestone deserves a contest of epic proportions, so we decided that in honor of our 10 Year Anniversary, we will be giving away our vinyl discography to one lucky person. More than 1/2 of the records listed before are out out of print!
Prize & entry info below!
Looking out into the grey skies and all of the snow covered buildings with CORRECTIONS HOUSE blasting in my ears is intense in a good way. Right now, CORRECTIONS HOUSE is on tour in Europe wrecking shop, and if you do not believe me, peep this electric footage of them performing in a pool in Berlin…Pick up CORRECTIONS HOUSE Last City Zero on vinyl via War Crime Recordings HERE!
All Photos from Now This Is Gothic
Under the grey skies of San Francisco in 1984, I watched as peace punk took on a Gothic vibe. During this era, we all loved what was happening in our own city, plus all of the bands that were coming out of the UK. Me and my homie Gary would spend hours at Rough Trade looking through their import section and I will never forget the day I took home the first 7 inch from The Jesus and the Mary Chain. Then there were the nights were we would blast Death Cult as loud as we could could and sing along. What we all loved about these two movements joining forces was that we could express ourselves even more through our fashion. Today CVLT Nation would like to celebrate the 80′s goth scene with a huge photo essay, plus live footage/videos from March Violets, Play Dead & Red Lorry Yellow Lorry.
Human beings are obsessed with beauty, but we are also obsessed with its unacceptable foil, ugliness. The sculpture of Francisco Albano captures ugliness in its most human form, showing us without our stuffing and lumps, as sacks of mottled skin. Imagine any of People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” without their muscle and bone – they would be some ugly, nasty, droopy skin bags just like any of Albano’s works. Kind of a comforting idea actually. There is no doubt that Albano’s pieces are ugly – however, he imbues them with a grace and softness that almost resembles beauty. Using latex and polyester, Albano lovingly crafts sculpture that looks like something out of Buffalo Bill’s repertoire. Check out a gallery of people bags below…
If you thought your opportunity to go to an epic fest in 2013 was over, you were wrong! The 305 Fest is in its 7th year, and is giving you an opportunity to enjoy some warm weather, sun and DIY music from Dec. 26th to 29th. To celebrate, they have compiled a rad mixtape for you to enjoy and psych yourself up to make it through the next couple of cold weeks until you head to Miami!
This winter from Dec. 26-29, Miami will host it’s 7th 305 Fest, with 50 bands spanning four days of DIY shows, beach and dance parties. This year is special, because the local scene has raised funds through months of benefit shows for the fest.