As a kid, I loved ghost stories, but it wasn’t until I grew up and started watching TV that I began to comprehend how fascinated human beings are with spirits. But long, long before all these “ghost hunting” TV shows became popular, our ancestors were busy trying to capture images of the other side. In the late 1800s, one man rose to prominence in the English spiritualist community with his captivating and eerie photos of people long deceased. As a result of his notoriety, William Hope founded the Crewe Circle, a spiritualist photography group among whose most noted allies was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hope’s photos were called into question time and again by investigators and ghostbusters of the 1800s and 1900s, but he maintained a huge following in the spiritualist community. Looking at many of these photos, if not all, it’s pretty clear they are double exposures, but being a person who believes in the continuation of living energies, maybe he was just creating an image of what actually exists…
What a fucking awesome night – on May 24th, Usnea, Lighting Swords of Death and Atriarch rocked the 5 Star Bar in downtown L.A.! Portland funeral doom wizards Usnea played such an outstanding set that they gave us chills. Then L.A’s own Lighting Swords of Death wreaked havoc with their aggressive, unrelenting black metal! Atriarch had the whole house under their spell with their death rock doom ceremony! Our comrade in photography Johann Currie was on hand and took some enthralling photos on the night! CVLT Nation would like to salute everyone who came out, all of the bands and a big shout out goes to EAR/SPLITTERS for keeping the underground alive in the city of dead angels!
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One of Czechia’s most famous tourist attractions is the Sedlec Ossuary, located in the town Kutná Hora, about 45 miles east of the country’s capital Prague. The place is often refered to as bone church or bone chapel, and that for a reason:
The Sedlec Ossuary contains the skeletons of approx. 40.000 people (some resources say up to 70.000), whose bones have in many cases (about 10.000) been artistically arranged to form furnishings for the chapel. When you enter the small, inconspicuous portal you don’t have very much time to prepare yourself for the sight: Due to the small size of the building (it’s really just a chapel) and the fact that there are no vestibules of any kind you’re instantly faced with the first decorations, all made of human bone.
Right after the entry a short stairway leads downward. To the left and right there are two huge, probably about 5.6 ft tall chalices made of bones. Downstairs there’s the enormous chandelier, which supposedly contains at least one of every bone in the human body. Underneath there are four pinnacles, each assembled with 22 skulls. The whole chamber features various garlands of skulls and bones. READ MORE…
Via Dangerous Minds
Rebels: A Journey Underground is an excellent Canadian documentary history of “the counterculture” produced for television in the late 1990s and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. It’s the work of writer/director Kevin Alexander, who did a great job with it. More people should see it. I’m happy to see that the series has been posted in full on YouTube.
The six-part series covers a wide swath of historical countercultures moving from William Blake and 1830s Parisian bohemians to mostly 20th century movements like hippie, Jazz, Beatniks, punk, and what was at the time the series was produced, the brave new world of cyberspace.
In the final episode, “Welcome to Cyberia,” I tell the story on camera of the now notorious corporate fuck-up that resulted in Disinformation receiving well over a million dollars in funding from John Malone’s TCI. This sum included $300,000 worth of marketing money—spent by yours truly in late 1996—that saw it featured on the Netscape homepage for five MONTHS. (If you’re too young to know what Netscape refers to, it was a 90s predecessor of the browser that you are using right now, so that was a very big deal. It was kind of like being on the homepage of virtually everyone who wasn’t logging on using AOL or Compuserve).
When Malone (an extreme conservative dubbed “Darth Vader” by Al Gore) saw Disinformation for the first time, his reaction, I was told by two people actually in the room, was “We paid for this anarchist bullshit? Get rid of it!”
Part 1: Society’s Shadow
From Bohemia and 19th century European romanticism, this film looks back through history to uncover the beginning of “new vision” thinking in Western civilization and its links to what is now called counterculture. From 1830s Paris to New York City’s Greenwich Village at the turn of the 20th century, it follows the paths which brought Europe’s most rebellious voices to America. Includes profiles of William Blake, Victor Hugo, Theophile Gauthier, Charles Baudelaire, John Reed and Woody Guthrie.
It’s time for another installment of Bad Tattoos…(Part I here)…I think with the number of people in this world inking their bodies with ridiculous and ugly shit, these installments could be infinite. Seriously, people must think it takes no artistic talent at all to permanently imbue their own or someone else’s skin with pigments – apparently, it doesn’t even take a steady hand. I am starting to think that there should be psych evaluations before a person can get a tattoo. Or at least a code of ethics for tattooists, like “no genitalia” or “no butt sluts”. But unfortunately or luckily for us today, no such ethics exist, so enjoy some more bad tattoos below…
AMENRA – SYNDROME – ██████ – Berlin, 5/5/13
Text & Photos by Sarah Kastrau
I’ve never been a fan of categorizing or analyzing music; to me it’s about emotions, not technique or style. I’m not good at it either, all my attempts to write a review for this show failed miserably. Words are just a crutch and they become even more useless when it comes to live shows. You’ve either been there or you haven’t. If you were there on this particular evening, I hope my photos will bring back some good memories; if you were somewhere else, they might give you a glimpse of what happened.
This week I decided to focus on photographers I follow on Instagram. While I am interested in people’s daily lives, I really appreciate when a person posts poignant imagery, esoteric flicks that are just cool to look at. One person I started following at the very beginning is Seattle photographer Alan Hunter. He has contributed a lot of really awesome photos to the site, plus we did a photo t-shirt collaboration with him, so I was already familiar with him. His Instagram follows him camping in the damp and thickly forested Northwest (which I miss very much, now being SoCal city dweller). I get my fill of rainforest and Seattle scenery, but Alan has a way of creating an intimate feel rather than a calendar one. My next new favorite Instagram is Swedish photographer Christine Linde aka Tómarúm, who also takes pictures of forests, country and animals, but her photos have a very Swedish Black Metal feel to them – cold, crisp and dreamy at the same time. Her photos have a darkness to them, and they draw you in, focusing your attention on one small detail in a vast scene. They are delicate and beautiful in their contrast and editing…someone I have to get on a Seven Stories feature for sure! My final favorite photographer this week is a bit of comic relief, Doug Rickard. Doug Rickard has a long and illustrious career as a photographer, but his Instagram is dedicated to his These Americans project, a collection of vintage photography documenting the wacky people of America. He has polaroids and photos of bondage and diapers, weddings, arm wrestling, strippers, street shots and so much more spanning the past century. Check out all of these photographers below!
Text & Photos by Matthew Grant Anson
Considering something like 70 percent of Japan is Buddhist, the odds are good that Japanese experimental sludge/doom band Boris is too. But what is probably even more likely is that Boris instead kneels down at the altar of the Holy Amplifier – they do have a record called Amplifier Worship, after all – and this deification of Orange and Sunn amps was on full display Friday, May 24th for the three piece’s set at the Echoplex.
Accompanied by San Francisco black metal/shoegaze act Deafheaven, the duo’s Friday performance was the second of a special two-night set in Echo Park, the first of which was opened by the post-metal of Marriages, and the second by the doom of Ides of Gemini.
Doom metal, known for its propensity to make skulls and arm hairs vibrate in equal amounts, probably isn’t what first comes to mind when considering a genre to get an audience enthusiastic and eager for what’s to come. But considering the unique yet strangely complementary sounds of Boris and Deafheaven, the funeral dirge of Ides of Gemini was just what the metallic doctor ordered.
Heavy on the bass and accented by guitar, the crooning female vocals were perfectly augmented by methodical drumming and a zoned out (in a good way) crowd. The set was long enough to give a good representation of what Ides has to offer, while still keeping things brief to avoid wearing out their welcome, a tightrope lesser-known doom bands are prone to fall off of.
I’m glad that I have always been a music nerd, because it means I have been able to watch scenes grow from afar. This is exactly how I got into New York Hardcore early on. I would go to my local book shop and gaze at the Village Voice every week and see what bands were performing at the CBGB’s matinees. Then I would go to my local record shop and pay them to record on to cassettes the latest Reagan Youth, KRAUT, Cause For Alarm, Murphy’s Law, The Mob and many more. I have said it before – the west coast & east coast scenes had their differences, although both groups shared their love of creating kick ass flyers for their shows! So today CVLT Nation going to celebrate NYxHC through art and a live footage essay!…If you have any cool NYxHC photos & flyers past or present, contact The New York Hardcore Chronicles 1979-2015…all flyers from this feature came from their page!