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Bryan

Photographer for SF Sludge and artist for Natvres Mortes Illvstration.

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Let Yourself Be Huge is the third full length album from instrumental composer Ben Sharp, better known under the moniker Cloudkicker. Since its creation in 2008, Cloudkicker has been a unique presence within metal.  While solo artists aren’t uncommon in metal, Cloudkicker was different in that they didn’t belong to

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Avant GardeBlack MetalFeaturesLive RitualsPhotographyReviews

Last weekend two very elusive bands made live appearances in the Bay Area. The two kindred spirits play a style most of the world would call Black Metal. But here genres, labels, lineups, press releases, promo photos and album cycles are irrelevant. Ash Borer from Arcata and Fell Voices from

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Tuesday night, Zola Jesus ended her Conatus tour in San Francisco. What unfolded that night was one of the most powerful and moving live music experiences I have witnessed. The packed crowd, live percussion, and Zola’s unmistakeable voice made for an evening to remember. Watching the shifting lights from the

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Avant GardeBlack MetalReviews

The music world is completely different now than it was when Wrest spawned the first Leviathan demo in 1998. So much of the danger and mystique of Black Metal has been dissolved since that time; a recent article in The New Yorker declaring Black Metal OK for the bourgeois made sure

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Avant GardePhotographyReviews

It’s no secret that we here at CVLT Nation are huge fans of Chelsea Wolfe and her eponymous band. Her dark aesthetics and unabashed love for black metal (she’s done a Burzum cover) gives her music the ability to appeal to both the metal crowd as well the indie/folk kids.

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Avant GardeBlack MetalFeaturesLive RitualsPhotography

Last November, Bosse-de-Nage opened for Swedish Black Metal band Marduk in San Francisco. I was at a different show in Oakland that night, and ran back across the Bay to catch Withered and Marduk. When I showed up to the venue, Bosse-de-Nage were still playing, and I caught their last

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ArtAvant GardeBlack MetalIllustration

I first heard the name Reuben Sawyer when I interviewed Deafheaven this past winter. I had asked who would be doing the artwork for their first full length Roads To Judah. I instantly looked him up and found his Rainbath Visual blog. What I found were extraordinary illustrations unlike any

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Death MetalFeaturesHardcoreLive RitualsPhotography

One year ago, the unthinkable happened when San Francisco metal band Early Graves lost their singer, Mahk Daniels, in a deadly van crash. It’s every touring band’s nightmare and something that is impossible to recover from. After a year of silence, Early Graves has been rejuvenated, playing the high-profile “Power

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Apocalyptic BluesAvant GardeDoomReviewsSludgeUncategorized

Last year, Rhode Island doom duo The Body released All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood, an album that totally smashed and reshaped everyone’s perception of the doom metal genre. It was an album that featured a full women’s choir, noise, sampling and electronics. All of these elements

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Apocalyptic BluesCrustDoomEventsFeaturesHardcoreLive RitualsPhotographySludge

The San Francisco stop of Southern Lord’s Power of the Riff was split into two nights at two separate venues. I was fortunate enough to attend both nights with my camera in an attempt to document the heaviest tour of the year. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get both nights off of

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Black MetalCrustTour Dates

San Francisco’s Deafheaven have just announced a September California mini tour with Lake of Blood and DNF. Deafheaven’s Deathwish debut Roads to Judah continues to gather positive press, and their live show doesn’t disappoint either. Southern Californian time-stretching black metallers Lake of Blood are also making a name for themselves

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Apocalyptic BluesCrustDoomEventsFeaturesHardcoreLive RitualsPhotographyReviewsSludge

The San Francisco stop of Southern Lord’s Power Of The Riff was split into two nights. The first night was held at Elbo Room, a pretty happenin’ bar right on ultra hip Valencia Street in the city’s Mission District. Everyone I spoke with was critical of the choice in venue.

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