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!
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.
For a couple of months now, two of our favorite illustrators have been working on a special interview and illustration for us, and today we are so happy to unleash it on the world! Mark Riddick and Daniel “Desecrator” Corcuera are two of the world’s most notorious metal illustrators, and both of them know how to tap into the deep evils and fears of humanity. They teamed up on a brilliant piece of artwork (below) that we will be releasing as a limited edition, web-only tee in a couple of weeks. They also sat down for an in-depth and fascinating interview that explores them both as artists and people. So check out the full interview below and stay tuned for the tee announcement!
CVLT Nation is stoked to be premiering the new Kwaidan video for “Ostension” off of their debut LP Make All the Hell of Dark Metal Bright, out now on Bathetic Records. This track is an audio journey of psychedelic sounds, and the visuals mirror this journey as you ride a train through various landscapes. Both the music and the video make me feel as though I am on a spiritual trip, discovering life’s contemplations steadily but not monotonously, a dark and avantgarde doom soundtrack guiding me through. Check out the video below!
Two days ago, Old Wounds started their East Coast tour alongside Raindance, and we’ve brought you an updated list of their dates so that you can be sure to make it out to one to their shows! Also, we have a rad giveaway to offer you – one each of the Old Wounds LP From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest and the Raindance LP New Blood, courtesy of Glory Kid and Animal Style! To enter to win these rad LPs, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “OW Rain” in the subject…we’ll choose one lucky winner on Monday at noon PST!
Photographer: Gretchen Heinel
Based in: New York, NY
This photograph was taken in February 2013. I don’t, by any stretch of the imagination, consider myself a fashion photographer. However, I do like to work with clothing and accessory designers, and often I’ll get inspiration for an entire shoot just from looking at one particularly unique bit of wearable art. In the case of this shoot, the bird wing wrist cuffs were that bit of inspiration. I put together a shoot based on ritual and evocation and levitating spirits. Since I shoot film and don’t know a whole lot about post-processing, I had to rely on practical effects in order to have our spirit/demon/angel/creature levitate convincingly. I collaborated with hook suspension artist Miss Gisella Rose (pictured), so that the issue of suspending an individual off the ground wasn’t so much an obstacle to overcome as a chance to add another layer of depth and dreaminess to the shoot. In this photo, there’s a little snow on the ground – Gisella is such a trooper, she was hanging up there for approximately 40 minutes in freezing weather, completely nude. I love that lady.
Date: 2013 12 01
Venue: Rockefeller, Oslo, Norway
Carcass is undisputably one of the cornerstones in the evolution of grindcore and extreme metal, and their first albums ripped new a-holes to a whole generation of unknowing metalheads that newer knew what hit them. Of course, honour & glory goes out to John Peel that played Carcass on his BBC radio show, but the evidence remains loud and clear: Carcass has a real solid catalogue of heavy-as-fuck songs that would convince even deaf people that metal is sovereign as a higher form of art. Add the gory covers and the lyrical intricacies, and yes, you have a winner.
After years in the depths of oblivion, Carcass slowly began doing reunion shows, and all of a sudden there was an album circulating the digital heap of junk (aka ‘internet’). I mean, I’m still listening to Heartwork with a smile on my face, and here’s this new album? Surgical Steel? Sounds familiar and contingent to the Carcass stylesheet. Well, you probably got suckerpunched as much as any of us: The album was decent. Hell, it was above decent, and it delivered the signature melodic riffs like a motherfucker, gurgling vocals and blastbeats like clockwork. It was all good.
Suren Manvelyan is a photographer based in Yereven, Armenia, who has brought us a viewpoint on humanity that we normally can’t see. His series of macro human eye photography, Your Beautiful Eyes, has gained him global recognition as a photographer, as it should. His photos show the short-sightedness of human reasoning – the assumption that there are a limited range of eye colors, which we often portray as one-dimensional, uniform colors: blue, brown, black, green etc. In reality, when the human eye is examined in Manvelyan’s photos, you can see that the color spectrum is much more varied in each individual eye, and that our iris is a multi-textured, sinewed and spongy curtain that is as distinct as a fingerprint. In fact, they kind of remind me of Dune – looking at many of these I expect a Sandworm to come bursting out of the black pits of the pupils.Manvelyan has also done a series of photos of animal eyes, which are equally stunning, and I recommend you check them out! Below is a huge gallery of his macro human eye photography…
Is this a glimpse into our future, or just a reflection of our past? Massive winter storms on Lake Michigan turned two century-old lighthouses into eerie, breathtaking ice sculptures. The effects of the storm are like something out of post-apocalyptic sci-fi, and I can picture our world caught in the grips of irreversible climate change, ice coating all of our monuments and buildings with a jagged beauty. Maybe once again our world will be cloaked in never-ending winter. Or maybe I’m just being dramatic since I am living through my first “real” winter in 7 years. Either way, these photos by Tom Gill and Thomas Zakowski are unreal and captivating! The twists and turns of the ice remind me of some of my favorite black metal sounds, bringing them to life in sharp yet fluid movement, and it reminds me that nature creates the most beautiful art just by existing, putting all of our human efforts to shame…