On April 26th it all went down at our 2nd Anniversary show that featured some of the most amazing bands in California. Honestly, the event was a huge success with truck loads of positive energy. All of the bands performed to the highest levels of gnarlyness and you could hear their passion in every note! Just as important as the bands that took the stage, CVLT Nation would like to salute everyone who came out and showed support. We would like to shout out Gehenna, Seven Sisters of Sleep, Youth Code, Children of God, Stoic Violence, Whip Hand and Unit B for an awesome fucking night. The night’s festivities were caught on film by our comrade in photography Adam Murray – good looking out homie! Without Crash the Clubs and Lace Pickups we would not have been able to pull this off, thank you for you support and hard work. It was cool to be able to connect with people outside of the internet. That being said, we really appreciate everyone who makes this webzine a destination every day! Now it’s time for the pictures to do the talking – check out these unreal flicks from CVLT Nation’s 2nd Anniversary and SSOS record release party (they fucking killed it – make sure to check them out on their upcoming tour with Full of Hell).
Since it’s Friday, we thought it appropriate to bring you a mix that you can play at your dead man’s party tonight! So here is an eclectic group of boogie tunes for you to enjoy – Sonic Cathedrals Vol CII Curated by Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats!
These are a selection of late night tracks for all you street creeps. I’ve tried to avoid anything too obvious. Keep an open mind and remember the importance of light and shade…good and evil. Enjoy!
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. CII Curated by Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats:
Deep, deep in the filthy caves of death and doom exists a band called COFFINS! Their debut album on Relapse Records is entitled The Fleshland and is forty five minutes of cryptic low-end dirge that will have you head banging! This audio beast will be unleashed on to the world on July 9th. In the meantime, CVLT Nation is streaming the just released COFFINS lyric video for “The Vacant Pale Vessel” – also check out their kick ass Sonic Cathedral Mixtape for CVLT Nation HERE!
In Grade Five, we watched a documentary about microscopic bugs that live with and on the human body. The one I remember most vividly and with the most horror are the “eyelash worms” that curl up all snug n’ cozy in our eyelash follicles. My mom told me that I had made it up, but in fact Demodex parasitic mites do indeed inhabit our faces. It’s kind of creepy to think about what creatures live on us, in our pores and mouths, and that we suck in with each breath. After that elementary school day of awakening, I never looked at my mite-infested pillow the same again. Each night I rested my face on it, I thought of the millions of hungry little bugs munching away on my sloughing skin. Pretty fucking nasty, and Nature thought of it! Everything has its use. And then there are the “cute” little insects – the ants and caterpillars – that seem so tiny and harmless and fuzzy; when you look at any of these things face to face, blown up by a microscope, you see it’s true ghastly visage. I think my favorite one is the maggot’s face, it looks just like what I would imagine these fat, dumb white worms to look like, with a kind of “duh” expression. Check out a bunch of little monsters below…
I’m keepin’ it sweet, short, and to the point this time, folks: all lovers of that old school anarcho-punk and post-punk are missing out big time if they have made it this far into 2013 without having heard SECT‘s self-titled debut LP. As some of you may know, SECT was formed by members of Drömdead and Belgrado in 2011. They released this gem late last year. I have since fallen in love with these Barcelona punx and want to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to hear how hard SECT rules. It’s like Bikini Kill, Crass and Joy Division got down on some raunchy punk coitus and made a sweet sweet love baby of 10 wicked jams.
CVLT Nation is stoked to bring you the soundtrack for today’s moments of desperation…if you need a furious, raging pick me up, we have it for you: two tracks off the upcoming Old Wounds // Trenchfoot split 7″ which will be breaking down your door on June 18th via Melotov Records. These songs will tear your eardrums a new one! Old Wounds and Trenchfoot will be doing a 6 day tour of the Northeast from June 18th-24th supporting the 7″, alongside Snakes from Michigan. So press play below and get your ass out to one of their shows – stay tuned for the full tour info!
Lo! Tour Diary Part 1 by Adrian Shapiro
Howdy, Lo! here checking in from Europe. We’re 12 shows into the tour and currently driving to Rome, Italy for our show tonight. Here’s a bit of a breakdown of the last few days and our journey through to this point.
We arrive in Zurich after that fun flight from Sydney, got through customs and were met by a chap from the van company to give us our van for the next month and all our backline. We then jumped in the van and headed off to La Chaux De Fond where we’re setting up for the next couple of days to rehearse and catch up before we start playing. Driving on the wrong side of the road in a manual definitely took a bit of time to get used to. Four hours later and a nice drive through some snowy areas and we’re there. We’re staying with a couple of the guys from The Ocean so we headed back to theirs and crashed for the night. We toured with The Ocean in Australia in 2012 and it was great to see the guys.
Text and photos: Astrid Tonella
On this sunny beginning of May started the second edition of Heavy Days in Doomtown in Copenhagen, Denmark. The four days DIY sludge/doom/stoner fest who made a massive impression last year is back again, with an incredible line up (five bands performed their first European show ever), bringing fans of “all things slow and heavy” from all over Europe and beyond. For those who are unfamiliar with the festival (?!), HDDT is an event organized by the “Undergrundsmusikkens Fremme” (Underground music Promotion) who has been organizing for several years the now notorious “Kill-town Death Fest”. The concept, which makes this festival so unique, is to bring the DIY principles to the doom/stoner/sludge/psych scenes that are rarely exposed to these ethics and create music and culture without having any profit involved.
Huge congrats to the organizing crew for topping last year’s event, for the top-notch organization and for making this weekend absolutely amazing. With this edition, HDDT really proved that it can compete with other renewed European festivals – so if you haven’t attended yet, this is definitely not the fest you want to miss next year!
The first day started off very well at Stengade, with a sold out warm-up show enabling the public to visit the art gallery placed on the first floor of the venue. For this edition, HDDT continued in line of last year, adding even more artists to the bill. The artistic dimension is to me a great addition that provides a very unique atmosphere to this festival and showcases artists who also contribute in making the scene something more than “just” music but a culture of its own. For this day, you were able to admire the incredible works of The 13th Sign Collective (D), responsible for the fest’s artwork, Manuel Tinnemans (NL), Timo Ketola (SWE), Sami Hynninen (FIN) and assist to a book reading by Ulrike Serowy, narrated by Mat McNervey from Hexvessel.
Text & Photos via The Heavy Mental
Scarful has an aura around him. If you know him well enough you understand what I am talking about. It’s a thick, shiny cloud floating around him probably because his odd-shaped skull is filled with wisdom nectar. Even though he is usually a very peaceful creature, if the cloud is dark and stormy, you better stay away or you can get blasted by his thunder. His knowledge on occult arts and crafts is enormous and he is constantly experimenting with them in his studio in Tor Pignattara, in the suburb of Rome. Alessandro Maida, also known as Scarful has done with inks and drawings pretty much what Sasha Shulgin has done with psychedelics. Fertile as Gengis Kahn in conceiving artwork for record covers, posters, and fanzines, he is a Belzebub of cross-media collaborations. He wears black and has asthma like Darth Vader.