Photographer: Nuno Bernardo
Based in: Barreiro, Portugal
DEAFHEAVEN – 13 May 2012 @ Musicbox, Lisbon
A cool Lisbon night gave me the chance to actually start some dialogue with George Clarke after Russian Circles performance. His great acessibility can’t relate with his presence on stage, though. Leading an entire wolf pack howl on vocals, he did one hell of a frontman while hiding in the dark. He turned out to reveal his feelings and I couldn’t avoid to shoot the key of how unique Deafheaven can be with such physical maneuvres.
Cult of Luna (SE) + Altaar (NO)
2013-02-27 @ Parkteateret, Oslo, Norway
Text and Photos by Metaloath
We’re talking mid-tempo to slow, here. Altaar (NO) is an apocalyptic doom act that operates in the atmospheric end of metal with tension and funeral eerieness as their foremost characteristics. Cult of Luna (SE), on the other hand, does not restrain themselves when it comes to mid-tempo heaviness or massive riff-upon-riff-plus-some-electronics material. Considering the latest albums and back catalogue, I’d say that these bands combined could probably generate metal music heavy enough to tilt the planet Earth out of orbit.
Altaar put out their self-titled album in February 2013, and it is so far well received across the mighty Internet (for the Cvlt Nation review, go this way). Tonight, they did the support act for their labelmates on Indie Recordings, Cult of Luna.
Full Review & Photo Gallery after the jump!
What I think is kind of funny about the dark imagery found in metal art and music is that a lot of it stems from the religions of this world – religions that claim to comfort while investing heavily in fear. The Catholic Church was obsessed with skulls, bones, demons and death imagery long before the 20th century dawning of metal and goth, and used dark imagery and human remains to create a powerful and fearful impression on its followers, reminding them of their certain death and potential fate in the afterlife. All over Europe in the Middle Ages, monks built magnificent chapels out of the bones of plague victims, massacre victims and members of their own ranks. When our baby is a little older, we want to tour Europe and visit all of the bone chapels; places like the Kostnice Ossuary in Czech Republic, made of the bones of 40,000 to 70,000 people; the Capela dos Ossos in Alcantarilha, Évora and Faro, Portugal; the Cathedral of Otranto in Italy, where the remains of 800 massacre victims line the walls of the chapel; the Ossuary Chapel of San Martino, and the Capuchin Crypt in Rome; and the Chapel of St Michael in Hallstatt, Austria. These aren’t the only bone chapels to be found on the continent, but they are some of the best known, and you can find stunning images of them after the jump and in the gorgeous photography book The Empire of Death. Entering a place filled with the bones of so many human beings must be a humbling experience – the energies retained in its walls, the lives of health and solitude or sickness and violence, all looming over you and multiplying in arches and columns overhead. I can only guess at the feelings I would have in such a place. I think I would be literally breathless. Check out a vast gallery of bones after the jump…
If there is one thing I have learned about heavy metal it’s that there is no one generic “metalhead.” Yes, there are people who have tried to argue that metal is a European thing or a white thing, but all that tells me about those people is that their experience is limited (and they are seriously ignorant and should just shut the hell up). Go to any metal show in L.A. and you’ll see at least half, if not more, of the crowd is latino. There are metal scenes in Singapore, Brazil, the Middle East and Africa, just as there are scenes in Scandinavia and Russia. My point is, there is no color or nationality that can truly lay claim to this music, because it is a culture that finds root in many earths. South African photographer Frank Marshall traveled to Botswana to take portraits of the metal scene there – a small but strong one, heavily influenced by bands like Iron Maiden, Megadeath and Motörhead. Talk about being outcast from society – try being a metalhead in Botswana, wearing head to toe leather in 80 degree weather. The Renegades series of portraits show people who truly live for the music they love, making bullet belts out of used bullet casings and making a style of their own when it comes to metal fashion, a kind of leather-thrash-cowboy-Mad Max look. This collection of 60 portraits is available in book form from the Rooke Gallery in Johannesberg. After the jump, check out some of Marshall’s Renegades portraits and see Botswana Heavy Metal in action…
I’m nerd and I don’t care! I could spend hours looking at old skate videos or listening to skate rock like the JFA, AGRESSION, ILL REPUTE, The BIG BOYS, SKOUNDRELZ and The FACTION. I remember when being a skater meant you were a punker automatically – we were one in the same. Something about 80′s skaters, they had so much fucking style; maybe this is why I have so much respect for that era. Today were are celebrating the art of skating in the 80′s with a huge FUCK YEAH 80′s Skating photo fucking gallery. So peep all of the gnarly rawness after the jump!
Many years ago, one of my best friends moved to Ghana. She told me she was never moving back, and after she began to send me amazing pictures of the voodoo markets, I understood why. West African voodoo markets put most North American taxidermy appreciators to shame, at least when it comes to appreciating dried animal parts. In North America we like our taxidermy clean and sanitized, but in Ghana and the surrounding countries they pile dried heads high in the dusty sun, emitting the perfume of death in the sweltering heat. It’s where you go to get all you need for your voodoo ceremonies – again, another thing the Europeans anothropologized to death. Voodoo is at its most ancient and pure in Africa, and while animal sacrifice and strange dance ceremonies are definitely a part of it, it is far from the picture of evil that it has been characterized to be through prejudice and misunderstanding. Italian photographer Anthony Pappone traveled in West Africa photographing voodoo ceremonies, and the result is a stunning collection of images that convey both the power of voodoo and the love and joy in its followers. Below read what he has to say about this photos essay, and check out an amazing gallery of his work after the jump!
the europeans or americans believe that voodoo is ‘black magic’ that is evil but it is false,
the voodoo religion is based on respect and peace.
the fundamental bases of the voodoo religion are:
the fetishes that contain the power of the spirits.
dances with masks.
Animal sacrifices to give thanks to the spirits.
the veneration of ancestors.
When I think about annoying trends I always find myself left with fake retro – Be it music or visual
aesthetics. Ever since the Eighties became ever so popular again it brought this wave of pictures,
made up to look contemporary from that era. In times of Instagram and Hipstamatic it is easy to
copy these grainy, soulful images most of us grew up with. But do they feel real? Not to me. One
of the coolest things to unfortunately wither and die in the last decade was the Polaroid technology.
These quirky, white-framed images never really made a 100% shot of reality. I remember my
mother saying how terrible the quality is. But it had feeling – and that’s what the ever evolving
To take pictures of a show used to be something special. Most people came to enjoy the music and
raise their hands, X’ed up or with devils horns, to cheer and celebrate. If you go to a show today you
will find more cameras than people in the first row. Cellphones or super expensive digital cameras
are common toys – and they all kind of take the same shots.
While I was watching The Omen the other day, I remembered how as a teenager I used to dream about having my own darkroom one day, where I could hang row upon row of prints I manipulated and developed with my own hands. In the ensuing years, digital cameras made my dream obsolete, and I forgot about it until I watched the photographer develop his prints and squint at the supernatural unfolding before his eyes. The digital age of photography has made it in some ways easier and in others more difficult to come up with photography that feels like a work of art. I think the bar has been raised for true photographic innovation because of programs like Photoshop and Lightroom that do things that were nearly impossible with analog developing techniques. Jim Kazanjian has found a way to make digital photography reach it’s pinnacle of creativity and realism in his digital sculptures. He takes thousands of images and recomposes them to create fantastical buildings that would confound any real world architect. His use of photos to create his masterpieces makes them startlingly real, as if you could actually imagine such a building existing, hear it creak as the wind pushes it on its tilting foundation. After the jump, check out a gallery of Jim Kazanjian’s stunning photographic works.
If you have ever lived with an animal, you know that they are far more than organized religion tells you they are. I remember being told at Sunday School that my cat didn’t have a soul, and that she wouldn’t go to Heaven, and that no animals went to Heaven because they were put on earth as lackeys and food for humans. I swore off Jesus then and there, because I knew that not only did she have a soul, she had a soul untarnished by greed and bullshit, unlike many of the humans I had encountered, even at a young age. London-born photographer Tim Flach is able to capture the soul of an animal in his images, and his book of portraits More Than Human more than lives up to its’ title. Each image stuns you with the depth of emotion and intelligence it conveys – it’s enough to make anyone a vegetarian, Earth-worshipping hippie when you stare into the eyes of a creature and hear its’ message of beauty and pain. Or maybe just me, I guess some people might want to eat them or hunt them and hang their heads on their walls, the same kind of people who feel uncomfortable around kids probably. Flach’s portraits go beyond voyeurism of the animal kingdom, and make you feel like you have stepped inside their world and stand on equal ground with lions, monkeys, bats and toads. His photographs are so intense you might do a double take and think they’ve been anthropomorphized somehow, but in reality Flach has been able to freeze one moment in their lives, one that conveys their spirit and life with ferocity. You can pick up More Than Human here, and remind yourself why our responsibility to this world is so great.
With all our social media we have seen a shitload of Facebook and Instagram photos, and something has become clear to us at CVLT Nation: people loooove their cats. I mean, I have seen many, many cat photos, status updates about cats and cat video clips amongst our thousands of friends. Before becoming a part of this network, I didn’t realize how many people in metal were into cats; now I realize that the Metaldudes Cats Book is a welcome and apt addition to a community of heavy pets. Photographer and animal lover Alexandra Crockett has set out to photograph some of our favorite musicians with their cats, and she has put together a pretty amazing roster, including portraits of Isis, Xasthur, Atriarch, Black Goat, Book of Black Earth, Harassor, Lord Time, Skeletonwitch, King Dude, Morbid Angel, Anhedonist, Thrones, Lightning Swords of Death, Municipal Waste, Holy Grail, Nausea, Exhumed, Phobia, Murder Construct, Cattle Decapitation, and Gypsyhawk, just to name a few. Plus, once the books are published and on the shelf, 40% of the proceeds will be donated to no-kill cat shelters all over the West Coast, including Seattle, Portland, Oakland, and Los Angeles. There will also be two upcoming Metaldudes Cats Book benefit shows in Portland on March 1st and Seattle on March 9th, details after the jump. Tom Denney designed a tee for the project and you can pick that up here! Also, check out some of Alexandra Crockett’s awesome portraits for the Metaldudes Cats Book after the jump!