Peter, guitarist from WOTW interviews Rob, guitarist/vocalist for Astrakhan
What is your motive in music – is it more leaning toward success in the music business or an artistic expression?
I have always been drawn to music because it is a means for me to express myself emotionally. I have a hyperactive sense of imagination, I am excitable, but I also experience bad lows. No matter what sort of mood I’m in, whether I’m on top of the world, or stewing in my own self-loathing, I can use guitar playing, singing, or writing words as a way to constructively focus my emotions. I feel it makes me a stronger, more self-aware person.
What would you prefer at a young age, years of music lessons or years of creating music, and why?
I took 8 years of classical piano, and simply hated it. However, it made me appreciate music on a different level. As soon as I quit, I picked up the guitar and started writing. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world.
Interjection by Sam HaiNe
Let me start off by saying the only good neo-grindhouse/exploitation films in my collection are Death Proof and Black Dynamite. No reference to that Robert Rodriguez crap buffet will be found in the following text, amen to that.
When you think of biker movies, you think of Easy Rider, which is fine; however, not this movie. None of that romantic freedom of the road, lets’ drop acid and soar, hombre, nonsense is here. Because real bikers roam in packs like wolves and adhere to the freedom of being outlaws. They are dirty marauders with their sweaty mama’s mounted on top chopped down motorcycles, screaming down the road from town to town, with little in their opposition except for Johnny Law or some rival crew.
So what could be better than throwing an outlaw motorcycle club into a supernatural horror story? What would it be called?…
KRIEGHALLEN is a collective effort paying tribute to the legendary albums that were recorded in the 1990s at Grieghallen studio, Bergen, Norway. This 32-page book showcases 20 of today’s most respected dark artists from all over the world into a gorgeous, bleak and evil collection of illustrations. The curator, Valnoir of Metastazis Design House calls these artists “nostalgic from a time time when Norwegian Black Metal didn’t need to be trve to be true, but also dangerous, controversial, mysterious, worshipped by a few and despised by the rest, unlike the pathetic circus that we’re all witnesses of nowadays.” He has certainly compiled an impressive list of contributors, featuring the likes of Sin Eater, Daniel Corcuera, French, Seldon Hunt and Cloven Hoov. Kreighallen is published by Timeless (FR) and only 300 are available here (stock is low so hurry!). Check out some of the illustrations below…
HÄXAN: Witchcraft Through the Ages, Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 silent movie about witchcraft, was highly controversial because of the “graphic” portrayals of nudity and the dark arts, and was banned from screening in the US. A collection of photos of said demonic images is now up for auction here. Check out the images below as well as an excerpt from our review (full review here)…
Häxan is a film of fact and folklore, broomed witches sailing through twilight, and serpent- tongued devils beckoning young maidens into eternal damnation. Potentially much more accessible to young viewers than other silent-era films, Häxan has become a certified classic, and now heralded as one of the most skillful and unique works of its time.
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To close out our third anniversary week, CVLT Nation is proud to present the second covers compilation in our series The CVLT Nation Sessions: BLACK SABBATH’s seminal album Master of Reality, mastered by Black Matter Mastering in Nashville, TN.. Master of Reality: The CVLT Nation Sessions is up for exclusive streaming and free download here, and features Graves At Sea, Usnea, Primitive Man, Rorcal, Bongripper, Albino Python and Cult of Occult all doing their take on these doom classics!
CVLT Nation is stoked to be a part of the second Under the Spell this Sunday, March 9th at The Electric Owl in Vancouver! CVLT Nation’s co-founder Sean will be DJing a rad mix of deathrock and post punk alongside DJs Profundis Nacht’s collection of neofolk, dark ambient and experimental, and live bands Funerary Call and Night Profound. Shawn Haché of Mitochondrion & Vanessa Dandurand of The Ballentynes are the brains behind Under the Spell, and he is planning big things for this event series, which includes two live bands along with two guest DJs every second Sunday. Make sure you’re there this Sunday by getting your advance tickets here for $5 or for $10 at the door!
Check out Obliteration at the Relapse Records X CVLT Nation SXSW 2014 Showcase, March 12th at Dirty Dog Bar! More info here…
We are counting down the days to next Wednesday’s showcase, and OBLITERATION has put together a road trip mix for their journey to this year’s SXSW. Check out the playlist below as well as what Sindre has to say about his picks!
This is the playlist I’m gonna listen to on my way to the USA and the South by Southwest showcase. A good mix of what I have been into the last couple of months. A lot of death metal, but some other smooth stuff also. A good mix of the kind of music that speaks to me. Enjoy.
I love street posters – they tell you what’s happening in your city, but they’re also artistic wallpaper for our streets. These hilarious street posters may not be “art” in the literal sense, but they are fucking funny. Anyone who has had a bike stolen, or lost a pet to a motorist, should feel free to express their anger via a funny hand made poster. I will enjoy it. Why not make strangers laugh? It will make the world a better place. In that way, maybe art can save the world (see below).
Check out Primitive Man and Obliteration at the Relapse Records X CVLT Nation SXSW 2014 Showcase, March 12th at Dirty Dog Bar! More info here…
Ethan from Primitive Man interviews Sindre from Obliteration
Who are some individual musicians that have inspired you to do what you do?
Individual musicians have not really meant that much to us as a band, it’s more the work of some bands/artists and general atmosphere and feelings that inspire us to do what we do. But musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Tony Iommi, Chris Reifert, Fenriz, Quorthon and Apollyon have been very inspiring and offered guidance in our search of space.