Oliver Sheppard
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Oliver Sheppard

Oliver Sheppard is a writer from Texas. He's been writing for CVLT Nation for over 5 years. He's also written for Maximum Rock-n-Roll, Bandcamp.com, Souciant, and others. He started the Radio Schizo podcast in the early days of podcasting (2005) and began the Wardance and Funeral Parade event nights in Dallas and Austin, respectively, in 2012. He is the author of the upcoming nonfiction book Theda Bara in Her Own Words.

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In 1971, Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik, in a work about Countess Elizabeth Bathory, concluded, “The absolute freedom of the human creature is horrible.”* A year later, Pizarnik killed herself, but in her research on the Marquis de Sade, Gilles de Rais, and Hungary’s infamous blood countess she had reached the

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The first three tracks of Tau Cross’s new 2 x LP Pillar of Fire are straight up post-crust type ragers in the vein of Zygote, heavy with crunchy guitars and helmed by singer Rob “The Baron” Miller’s raspy, Lemmy-esque vocals. The first track on Pillar of Fire, “Raising Golem,” has

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Atriarch are a pretty great band that, it’s hard to believe, began eight years ago. Starting in Portland, the band has made a reputation for producing a unique take on doom metal that introduces elements of the creepier side of deathrock into their meditatively bleak metallic mix. The years 2012

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Texas dark punk/postpunk fest San la Muerte IV returns on August 10th, entering its 4th year of existence. As in all years past, the fest will be held in San Antonio, centered around the Paper Tiger and Amp Room clubs. The roster of bands for 2017 includes acts from Denmark,

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Reflecting on goth’s evolution from punk, New Model Army singer Justin Sullivan told author John Robb, in Punk Rock: An Oral History, “I think that goth was a further reaction to a failed revolution – a search for something different and dark and quasi-spiritual. It was a kind of Native

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An article about the asteroid “16 Psyche,” after which Chelsea Wolfe’s new single is named, includes the following information: “16 Psyche is located in the large asteroid belt between the planets Mars and Jupiter. Scientists believe that Psyche may have started as a planet before it was partially destroyed during

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