Posts From Bryan

Shadows: Atriarch Live

It’s fitting that Atriarch did one last short tour before the year is over. It was almost like a victory lap for the band as they have been collecting accolades and making tons of year end best of lists (including

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Eyes Burning: Chelsea Wolfe Photo Essay

I’ve written a fair amount about Chelsea Wolfe on CVLT Nation in times past, so this time I want to let the imagery of her live show do the talking. Chelsea Wolfe played Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco

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Separation Anxiety: Batillus, Kowloon Walled City & The Atlas Moth Tour

This November, three heavyweights in the world of sludge embarked on a tour together that brought the threat of seismic activity from city to city. Brooklyn’s Batillus, Chicago’s The Atlas Moth and San Francisco’s Kowloon Walled City teamed up to

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A Throne Without A King- Horseback/Pyramids Review

Pyramids frontman R. Loren has already proved that he plays well with others.  Last year he started two new highly collaborative bands, White Moth and Sailors With Wax Wings, and he started a record label called Handmade Birds. Pyramids has

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Cloudkicker- Let Yourself Be Huge

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

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Ash Borer & Fell Voices- California Live Rituals

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

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Conatus Comes To Life-
Zola Jesus live Photo Gallery

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

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Leviathan
True Traitor True Whore
Exclusive Review

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

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Chelsea Wolfe
Ἀποκάλυψις Review

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

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Now Showing: Bosse-de-Nage live in San francisco

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

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