One thing that can never take away from me is my memory of all of the places I have lived and all of the people I have come in contact with around the world. Off and on for 12 years, I called the Lower East Side of New York City my home. During my time there, I saw how the hood was changing and beginning to be taken over by yuppies. The artists, drop-outs, weirdos and people of color were starting to be pushed out. On a daily basis, I would see this dude with a crazy cap, camera and a long beard everywhere. Sometimes he would take me my picture, and no matter what, we always said what up to each other. His name was Clayton Patterson, and in a way you could say he was the mayor of the Lower East Side, or better yet, he was the historian! In 2008, a film was made about him called CAPTURED, which happens to be one of the realest documentaries ever made about NYC. Clayton Patterson never looked like a punk, but trust me, this dude is the true meaning of hardcore & diy…So click on the link below to get CAPTURED!
On the evening of November 17, 2012, heavy music legends Neurosis played their hometown of Oakland in celebration of their tenth studio album called Honor Found In Decay. Neurosis also invited along Portland doom trio Yob, and the Canadian heavy metal band Voivod. Oakland’s Fox Theater was packed to the brim with an audience that spanned multiple generations, proof that their legacy continues to thrive. As usual, Neurosis wasted no breath communicating with the audience, preferring to plunge straight into leaden, dismal riffs, primal howls and captivating visuals. In the spirit of Neurosis, my words end here and I leave you with my photos from that unforgettable night.
Text: Emanuel Pereira
Photos: Lais Pereira
Day 2 (Jozef van Wissem + Black Bombaim + Necro Deathmort + Oxbow duo + Ufomammut + Godspeed You! Black Emperor)
Sunday, 28th. The last day started in an unusual way. Sé do Porto, one of the oldest Portuguese cathedrals, decided to receive the Netherlander Jozef van Wissem and his lute in its cloisters. Even if you tried, it would be very difficult to get a more medieval atmosphere than what happening there. Forty-five minutes of landscaping sounds – a truly aesthetic experience and a nice way to begin the Sunday. At Hard Club, things started to roll with another Portuguese act, a power trio that will also be present at Roadburn 2013. Coming from the northwestern town of Barcelos, Black Bombaim deeply understand the dynamics of psychedelic jams, in the vein of what Earthless and Colour Haze do. They don’t stop for a minute – their drummer keeps sweating from every single pore – and, for this special occasion, they added a sax and a Theremin. Black Bombaim keep getting stronger with each show they play and this one was no exception. The finest stoner you can find in Portugal.
Necro Deathmort is one of those groups that remain capable of smashing walls and finding some new territories for what we call doom. Most likely inspired by the work of Justin K. Broadrick, the British duo combines the rhythms of dub and industrial with a murky and mournful approach that certainly is more vivid live than it is on record. At least, it sounds harsher and more organic on stage, making the audience headbanging constantly. A nice surprise and an uplifting assurance: there is no reason for fearing stagnation in this kind of music.
Text: Emanuel Pereira
Photos: Lais Pereira
Day 0 [Barn Owl]
For those who already have been in the Tilburg colossus, known worldwide as Roadburn, Amplifest can be quite a similar experience, although in a smaller version. You don’t have a one-day ticket, but you get the opportunity to watch some of the most exhilarating alternative music acts playing full (or almost full) sets. Instead of 013, you have Hard Club – a venue with two rooms: the first with a capacity for 1000 people and the second for 400, both always ready to deliver some of the best acoustic quality you might find in Portugal. This year, however, two extra places were added for two special gigs.
We are so lucky at CVLT Nation to work with photographers worldwide. One of the most recent photographic submissions we got is this hauntingly beautiful photo essay of this year’s Fall Into Darkness festival in Portland, OR, from the highly talented Justine Murphy. Murphy captured the spirit of this festival, one that boasted an amazing lineup, and offers us imagery of Bell Witch, SubRosa, VHOL, Wolvserpent and Worm Ouroboros. Check out a full gallery after the jump, and stay tuned for more from Justine Murphy in the near future…
For millennia, humans have told each other about beasts with many heads, ones that roam the world with a ravenous hunger for flesh and pillage. These mythical figures may terrorize humankind’s imagination, but polycephaly is a strange and wonderful thing. Two creatures are born into one, two minds functioning side by side. Many do not survive – the world is a ruthless place for two-headed beasts. Their short time on earth is characterized by violence and confusion, and in the end they are stuffed and mounted, pickled in brine, and set on a shelf for the monocephalic masses to ponder. Below find the reality behind the myths…
It seems like back in the day, people had a better idea of how to give someone the creeps on Halloween. Mostly, it seemed to involve wearing masks that, even on children, gave the wearer such a misshapen, terrifying visage that Halloween must have truly been a dark and disturbing holiday. Today, kids dress up as Princesses or Batman, but decades ago they were grotesque ghosts with gaping maws full of razor-sharp teeth. Parents didn’t think twice about dressing their child in a skull mask resembling a death’s head, putting their kids on the street in costumes that aimed to scare people. Looking through these awesome photos, it’s hard not to reflect on how corporate-consumer-culture has watered down this holiday, especially for children. It used to be about making your own paper-mache goblin face and throwing on an old robe, and now it’s about buying some cheap, tinselly version of a TV character. I offer you a gallery of creepy vintage Halloween photography to peruse for inspiration, then I think you should break out the balloons and newspaper and make yourself a mask that will offend and disgust all your neighbors, just like our forbearers did…
All Photos: Ted Reckoning
Despite some unwelcome shenanigans on the 2nd night of Vancouver’s 8th annual DISTORT FEST, the third night went off well and featured performances by CRIMSON SCARLET, OUST, DERAS KRIG, DEATHCOUNT, SKABIIS, NIGHT NURSE, ASILE, BELLICOSE MINDS and WOLFBRIGADE. All bands killed it, and Ted Reckoning has provided us with photographic proof of it! Check out his gallery of photos after the jump, and start getting ready for next year’s fest!
Shocks & Massacre are two Italian photographers that take haunting urban photos. What I like about their work is that they focus on the everyday things around us, and shoot them in a way that makes you think of another world. Shocks & Massacre have the power to tell stories with their photos that might not be said with words. After the jump have a look at their word and see where it takes you…this might just be your normal state of mind…
Photographer: Luana Magalhães
Based in: Lisboa
Chelsea is so beautiful that she would make for great photos even if she wasn’t playing at all. That’s why I tried to catch a few more relaxed shots of her during this show – right before the start of the concert, in between songs, just catching little details that sometimes pass you by when you’re looking for that one good “publishable” shot. I’m such a huge fan of her music that sometimes it was difficult to not just pack the camera and join the rest of the entranced crowd that filled the room completely.