The Belgian band The Black Heart Rebellion is about to change the game with their soon to be released album HAR NEVO. When I play this record, it makes me feel so lucky to have ears so that I can hear such magical music. CVLT Nation is thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you a video and art preview of HAR NEVO. Trust me when I say this: The Black Heart Rebellion have outdone themselves by creating such an honest record! Stay tuned to CVLT Nation in the coming weeks for an exclusive video premiere & stream. HAR NEVO is going to be one of those records that brings people together, no matter what subculture you exist in…Hail the Church of Ra & The Black Heart Rebellion.
I used to be a fiend for Thrasher Magazine when it first came out! Not just for all of the sick skating that was featured in a way that appealed to young punks, but also for the off the wall ads. One person that changed the way skate ads looked long before Thrasher was Tony Alva. Besides being one of the raddest skaters ever, he was a wizard at bringing the artistic vibe to the way he marketed Alva Skates. For instance, his first ad with Christian Hosoi, that featured his broken Sims deck in the background and his new fishtail up front (the rest was skating history). Next up was Natas, the king of 80′s street skating, but also the vision behind Santa Monica Airlines. Focusing on these ads might seem weird to kids nowadays, but all of the old heads reading this will understand how much impact this magazine had on our lives. This is also the place where a kid pre-internet could get their first look at the new Misfits or Black Flag decks. I could write more, but fuck that, why don’t you check out some vintage 80′s skate ads for yourself. So after the jump, peep our FUCK YEAH 80′S SKATE ADS gallery!…Lets rip it up!!!
Occult symbolism seems to be everywhere today. Maybe it’s all the talk about the world ending (again), or maybe it’s the endless wars that have plagued the globe for the past century. But amid all of the inverted crosses/Chanel logos, it’s good to remember that occult symbolism is an art form, and it should be taken seriously. There is power in the ancient runes of pagan magick, and even more so in the knowledge of their true meanings. One artisan that takes occult symbolism seriously is Occult Woodcarving. He creates hand-carved wooden decorative plaques with respect and reverence for their power. He creates with deference to the past, carrying on a tradition of hand-carving that has produced these objects for millennia. Those who are truly students of the occult will appreciate the dedication he puts into each carving, imbuing the symbol with energy that only adds to its radiance. After the jump, read Occult Woodcarving’s explanation and definition of the symbols he works with, plus a full gallery of his work.
The cover of Joy Division’s 1979 album Unknown Pleasures is as stark and enigmatic as the music itself: a series of jagged white lines against a black background that’s been recreated in tattoos, clothing, and animation. In a clip for New York’s Visualized Conference, former Factory Records graphic designer Peter Saville explains the origin behind the cover, which represents the frequency of the signal from the first observed pulsar or pulsating star. “As pretty much with all groups with their first release, [Joy Division] knew what they wanted on the cover,” Saville says. “They gave me this page… the page from the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy.” After inverting the colors, the image went on the band’s first album, and into endless remixes — including the one above — during the ensuing decades.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Dear reader, this is a long ass post. I mean it’s like almost 4000 words. Like thesis worthy. I feel like I owe it to you, dear reader, to not give you a clinical observation. To give you something more. If you want a short summary, everyone was on fucking point. Just… so fucking good. And if you missed out please get off this site and call your parents and first love to tell them that you’re a failure. But I’m not here to pass judgement or give you a clinical observation of a night, I’m here to give you an detailed, first person account of what I witnessed. Enjoy.
Last Friday, the vanguard of electronic music came roaring into Los Angeles. Tucked away in the sterilized industrial, Teutonic sector, lost somewhere in the row after row of warehouses and phosphorous light those pushing the boundries of industrial, DIY techno, House, and ambient converged. The roster read like a dream team: Silent Servant, fresh of the praise of his new release Negative Fascinations brought lowlight drenchos of pulsating rhythms. Vatican Shadow displayed pure beast mode, with absolute religious industrial violence of pure DIY. Demdike Stare was a psychedelic ambient experience lost in the abyss of ancient Albion woods, complimenting the lysergic visuals of color swirls. Andy Stott…well… and Kangding Ray unleashed purely European style dance for which the Raster-noton label he calls home has become known for. Embrace the new neon world after the jump!
Love him or fucking hate him, at least French graffiti artist KIDULT has his spray can to the necks of multinational corporations. From what I can see, he is trying to use art as a weapon for change, and holding up a mirror of misery for the luxury brands to look into. KIDULT shows how these high end brands are ripping off graffiti, taking from a street culture that they really do not have any love for. What’s interesting about his new film Visual Dicatorship is that he is willing to take his mission of vandalism and rebellion global. So after the jump, check out how KIDULT defaces shit!
I have always been fascinated with art and artists. Especially artists who throw themselves wholly into their creations, so that you almost can’t tell where the art ends and their lives begin. Bryan Lewis Saunders is one such artist, a person whose being is fully consumed by his art, to the point that he has become his most prolific subject. Saunders has created more than 8,000 8 1/2″ x 11″ self-portraits – he has been doing one each day since March 30th, 1995 – and they have been dubbed “The Endlessly Reconstructing Auto-Autopsy.” That means that his experience, emotions and energy from each of the days he has lived over the past 17 years is immortalized on a page of one of his hardbound sketchbooks. Through his self-portraits, one can see the true human experience, because despite our best intentions, we all live subjectively. He has curated collections of the self-portraits so that they can be viewed by theme, and of course, he has a collection of “under the influence” images of himself, tripping on everything from Morphine IVs at the hospital to nature’s fungal gifts to the designer drug of choice today, bath salts. The images from this collection truly reflect the place your mind goes when it’s being expanded/damaged/poisoned by chemicals both natural and manufactured. Looking through these definitely reminds me why I mostly chose the hippie route in my drug selection. After the jump, check out a gallery of his “Drugs” self-portraits (hover over the image thumbnail to see his drug of choice), and make sure to check out his other collections on his site, which include “Pain,” “Love” and “Anxiety.”
So what happens when two bands that create their own special brand of music decide to do a split together. The final product is the DEAFHEAVEN & BOSSE-DE-NAGE split that will be coming out on The Flenser in the near future. Right now, CVLT Nation would like to share with you the artwork, but also stay tuned for the pre-order info! In the meantime, check out what the word on the street is below…
Bay Area bands Bosse-de-Nage and Deafheaven recorded songs for a split EP late last month, with Deafheaven recording a cover of Mogwai’s “Punk Rock / Cody” and Bosse-de-Nage laying down a new track called “A Mimesis of Purpose”. Both tracks will be available on this vinyl and digital release coming from Flenser Records later this Fall. Deafheaven vocalist George Clarke commented, “We’ve been looking forward to this project for a while. It’s very exciting to be working with two of the most innovative and forward-thinking staples in the Bay Area, Bosse-de-Nage and Flenser Records.”
Santos Illustration is offering the second Thick As Thieves Print Pack for pre-order starting today! The second in his limited series of prints is about childhood fears and monsters, and features artwork by Alison Lilly, Mike Fisher, Alexandros Pyromallis, Demian Johnston, Konstantinos Psichas and Christopher Parry, and is printed by Broken Press. Each of the 50 packs contains six 3-color prints and a mini storybook with short essays by each artist regarding their pieces. With such a stellar roster of artists, each of whom specializes in creating creepy and terrifying imagery, this print pack will no doubt be glorious for appreciators of dark artwork. Head over to Santos’ EyesBleedInk page for the pre-order info and pick yours up while they last!
Have you ever looked at a picture and knew you were looking at true evil that was actually real beauty? Nestor Avalos is a master of the dark arts of graphic design and morbid handmade illustrations. What separates him from many is that he draws from this world’s gruesome history to help create his scenes of pain and anguish. Nestor has a way of using shapes within the shadows to add to the torment. His imagery has a medieval quality and a ghost-like essence. His hand drawn pieces scream in the voices of the horrific demons that must be flying around his imagination as he scrawls them. Nestor’s work is rich in the truth that most people try to hide from. Today, CVLT Nation celebrates the dark wizard of art, Nestor Avalos – check out a gallery of his work after the jump!