Starting out in 2006, Sam McFadden under the pseudonym ‘Homemade Speed‘ began making dystopian looking jewelry made from a cauldron of found animal bones, waste and decayed industrial hardware. Since then it has progressed through machinery and biosphere to individual dayglo punk jewelry pieces. Think fluorescent toxic chemicals, Slimer and a soundtrack by Alien Sex Fiend. After the jump, take a look at some more jewelry pieces.
I am so excited for the launch of OVATE’s new website and store today at 3pm PST/6pm EST! Audrey has been working hard to conceptualize and produce a gorgeous line for her Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Kuolema, that will launch in her new shop today. Right now all I wear are CVLT Nation t-shirts, but one day soon all I will wear is Ovate’s dusky silks and dark leathers, inspired by beautiful pallor and shadows of death. Kuolema focuses on the materials – silk, cotton and bamboo knits, washed lamb leather – and highlights their natural elegance with minimal, flattering silhouettes. Ovate creates such a complex beauty out of a simple palette of black, grey and white, and this new collection carries the brand forward while maintaining her strong design aesthetic. She has also ventured into jewelry with fellow Montrealer and jewelry designer Elaine Ho, casting an antique Masonic axe to create really fucking sick earrings and necklaces that I have to get my hands on. You can get yourself into all of these clothes and more at her website launch today, so make sure to head over to Ovate.ca…there will also be some limited edition pieces only available in her store, like her classic Valhalla hoodie in a stunning light grey. After the jump, check out some of her Spring/Summer 2013 offerings, plus some haunting photos from her lookbook shot by Krist Mort. I’ve also included a photo of the designer herself and her rad studio with some of my favorite Dilek Baykara prints on the wall (we have the same ones up in our HQ!).
Death Metal and Grind mixed with Surf Rock???? Yes, you heard right. Here we have a group of five foul mouthed surf zombies hailing from the decrepit sands of Wormwood Beach, CA.. (Fresno, CA to be exact) entitled GORESHACK and here is their brand new full length album entitled “Surf.Mosh.Kill” that is an extremely well executed mix of Death Metal, Thrash, Grind and Surf Rock wrapped up in an awesomely wacky, kooky surf-zombie filled package full of great sound bits, song themes and punishing tracks that’s just all about having a fucking blast doing it while hammering your face in all at once. GORESHACK pays homage to the gore-soaked likes of GHOUL, EXHUMED, CARCASS, IMPALED, SPLATTERHOUSE and IMPETIGO along with some Surf Rock masters like DICK DALE and THE BEACH BOYS.
Today is the 2nd Anniversary of the day we launched the CVLT Nation blog and clothing brand, and we can’t believe how much has happened in the past two years! The support and love we have gotten from our readers has been overwhelming, and it has made every day that we work on CVLT Nation a pleasure! To thank you for supporting CVLT Nation, we want to give away three t-shirts to two of our awesome readers. To enter the giveaway, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with “2nd anniversary” in the subject heading. We will pick three winners by Monday, March 11th at noon PST! For now, enjoy the mixtape and features we have for you to celebrate two awesome years of CVLT Nation!
***We have our winners! Rayny, James & X!**
CVLT Nation is stoked to present the newest tee in our band t-shirt series…the CVLT Nation X TOMBS shirt, featuring a fucking epic illustration by Viral Graphics. This tee is one of our favorites yet, and captures the menace of TOMBS’ music perfectly! This tee is up for pre-order starting today, and a very limited quantity will be printed by our comrade Holy Mountain Printing to ship by the 18th. This tee is only available in the CVLT Store, and is going to be mind-blowing in person, so pick yours up quick!
Design close up after the jump!
On March 9th, 2013, there is a momentous event happening in Bristol that all of our UK readers should attend (have you seen the size of California? You have no excuse when in comes to distance…Londoners, I’m talking to you!): the You’re Not Human 1st Anniversary Party! Curated by Francis Mace (The Corleone Family) and featuring sets by BIG NATURALS, H A R K, SONANCE, TRIPPY WICKED & THE COSMIC CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT, IRON WITCH, THRONE, SPIDER KITTEN and SALUTE, not only will the music be fucking awesome, but knowing Sofi of YNH the party will be fucking on as well! You’re Not Human is the UK home of CVLT Nation, and Sofi has put together a killer selection of brands of darkness from around the world. If you’re in the market for really awesome, well-made and terrifying clothing and skateboards, you need to check out You’re Not Human. To show you what YNH is all about, we are also featuring a gallery of her latest lookbook photos, featuring GONGA and shot by Rebecca Naen. Check out the gallery after the jump, as well as all the details about the You’re Not Human 1st Anniversary Party.
Where do I begin with this one? Well first off this is D-Clone from Japan’s first full length release entitled “Creation and Destroy”. This is right up my alley; Raw Japanese Noise Punk.. if you’re familiar with the genre at all chances are you know who D-Clone are along with an assortment of other artists. This right here is easily one of D-Clone’s best releases in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong.. their assorted splits and EP’s are great but they have really taken it to a new level with “Creation and Destroy” here.
Right from the start you have maniacal screams, shrieks, guitars and bass drenched in EQ pedals and effects and the what seems to be extremely punchy and pummeling drum tone on this to help give it a thundering backbone. This album has 12 tracks, clocks in at just under 17 minutes and with song titles such as “Weekendpunk”, “We Make Next Generation”, “Life is…”, “History of Error” and “Living in Chaos” that should give you a small idea of what’s in store..
I’m always looking for unique and quality vintage, antique, and handmade items to add to my wardrobe. So, it should be obvious that I’m an extreme Etsy fiend. I was lurking through the site when I first noticed Fila Arcana -let me tell you, if you’re into the film “The Craft”, you’ll love what Fila Arcana from Toronto, Ontario, has got going. The style is eerie yet delicate, mysterious and pure, like a witches student, or black magic lolita. Mina Sewell Mancuso, the High Priestess of Fila Arcana, hand-embroiders beautiful works onto pinback buttons, wall hangings, and peter pan-style detachable collars. All the designs she offers are inspired by “alchemy, the occult, and all things esoteric.” Items adorned with symbols, moon phases, beasts, palmistry, and more. All conjured by hand, the details in each piece are skillfully intricate, classical, and bewitching.
“I render secret things in colored threads.”
We have done a few of these DIY clothing posts now, but we keep coming back to them. The reason we re-visit this topic again and again is because we feel that it is an art form, one that communicates the passion and dedication of the wearer to the world. Not only is the wearer passionate about the bands he or she painstakingly sews or paint onto the garment, it shows their commitment to originality and craftsmanship. You can’t buy a battle jacket at Target or Walmart. You have to make it yourself, just like in the good old days. Below is the definition of “Battle Jacket” according to the Urban Dictionary, and I think it is an apt description:
A denim or leather jacket worn by metalheads to show their devotion to the best musical genre on earth.
The denim kind are usually sleeveless. The leather kind are usually a converted biker jacket.
It is covered with sew-on patches with the names/logos of favorite bands. There is usually also a large backpatch covering the back of the jacket, with almost all the available space left taken up by smaller patches. Studs and/or spikes are optional, but they aren’t punk jackets so don’t go overboard.
Some may smell a bit due to being worn exclusively in moshpits where it can get sweaty at times.
Metalhead 1: Your battle jacket is awesome!
Metalhead 2: Yeah I know. I dare you to smell it though!
We are stoked to announce that we have just launched our CVLT Nation Clothing Spring/Summer 2013 collection, CVLT Nation FIVE! It is now up in the CVLT Store, and is on it’s way to our stockists around the world. This season features tees, tanks, crews and hats from some of our favorite illustrators – Maxime Taccardi, Natvres Mortes Illustration, Halseycaust, Cub of the Woods and Gozer Visions, plus we have two sick photographic tees featuring photos by Lele Saveri. We feel like CVLT Nation FIVE is our strongest collection yet, and is a beautiful and disturbing balance between the ethos of CVLT Nation and the prolific vision of the artists we worked with. Everything is made in the USA to top quality standards and you know that your dollar is going to support small businesses and not the Koch brothers. We have also brought back our CVLT hat by popular demand, restocked our classic DOOM hats, plus we have a new hat style, Black Magic, featuring the LaVey lightning pentagram sigil embroidered in black or white. As a thank you to our loyal CVLT Nation clothing following, we are throwing in a free patch with the first 10 orders! After the jump, check out some of the designs in the store and head over to the CVLT Store to see everything on offer…