CVLT Nation and Aborted Society are proud to present the CVLT Nation 3rd Anniversary Showcase, taking place on April 19th in Seattle, WA at the infamous Black Lodge! We can’t believe it’s almost been 3 years since our first post that 50 of you read. We’re stoked to be hosting it in the Northwest this year and we have an amazing lineup of rain coast bands bringing the heavy – Night Nurse, Countdown to Armageddon (10 year anniversary show), Usnea and Druden! Stay tuned for more details and make sure to RSVP HERE!
We are excited to announce that we’re co-sponsoring the Relapse Records showcase this year at SXSW on March 12th, 2014! The lineup is all killer – Windhand, Christian Mistress, Nothing, Obliteration, Primitive Man and Pyrrhon are wrecking the stage at the Dirty Dog Bar in Austin, TX. We are honored to be a part of what is going to be a sick fucking night of music! Stay tuned for features leading up to it, and make sure you are in Austin on the 12th!
Text & Photos by Adam Murray
Five bands (well, technically four) descended upon Los Angeles on this night like the various strains of flu virus that have been penetrating and violating everyone’s immune systems for the past couple weeks.
Strong Intention ground up a fine blend of grindy punk sludgecore like a batch of fresh n’ oily coffee beans! This was the only band I had been previously unaware of before the show, but by the second song they piqued my interest and brought my ass up front to take a few snaps and listen.
Obliterations boinked and crammed through their set like Black Flag on acid. The level of light on stage was very low, but these dudes made up for it with the amount of energy pumping through their tunes. They shot fireworks of angry juice into the crowd!
By Jeremy James
I must say, this theater has history. It’s been known by a bevy of names in the past and has housed many varied acts. Hell, this was even the place where I photographed my first band; but tonight, the now named Observatory was housing four very well cemented acts to close out the year with a bang.
Helen Money, a solo cellist who might be best known for her previous work with Verbow, opened the night. Armed with a slew of pedals, she created dizzying spells and a crushing ambiance that shook anyone who listened to the core. Wave after wave of bowed perfection smacked across the listeners chests as she soothed and swayed, driven to create perfection via amplification, repetition, and distortion. Her set was unfortunately short lived, but the energy she put into her performance was fantastic, and I would definitely recommend seeing her perform if you get the chance.
Text & Photos By Jeremy James
The night air was cool, the parking lot was filling up and the merch booth was overrun. On this night, November 15th, 2013, the Legends of Thrash tour brought the co-headlining titans Overkill & Kreator to Anaheim, California.
Southern California’s own local band, Warbringer, who have been around for almost ten years now, were the first to hit the stage and give us a taste of what was in store for the evening. They started the night strong, with a short but spirited seven song set, the majority of which were new songs off their just-released fourth album Empires Collapse – and if the energy of their live show is any indication, these guys won’t be slowing down any time soon.
It would have been amazing to get a full set of pictures of this band, but since I was officially there on project to photograph only Overkill & Kreator, I was actually not allowed to enter the photo-pit for their set (odd, but business is business). Thankfully, John Laux, who brings an incredible amount of energy to the stage, was well within my field of view while I was out in the audience. Hopefully I will get another opportunity to photograph these gents as their live show was immensely fun to watch.
HOLOGRAMS are a post-punk band from Sweden that we’ve been appreciating lately, and so we’re stoked that IHEARTCOMIX has asked us to give away a pair of tickets to their L.A. show on Thursday, Dec. 19th at The Echo! If you’re in the area and can make it to the show, email us at email@example.com with “HOLOGRAMS” in the subject heading, and we’ll pick one luck winner of a pair of tickets this Monday at noon PST!
Music is at least 60% sex appeal. If not more. Personally, I’d like to say 90%, but I’ll play fair. Just this once. And if what I say is true, then Baptists issue a satisfying sex punch.
I saw Suicidal Tendencies at the Vogue on Dec. 4. It was about what you expect from any aging rockers. They scream about what it’s like to be a wounded, Pepsi-addled youth, and cry, “ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT” – while their shit is sponsored by Monster.
Can I please unsee that show? NOT sexy. Your jersey is NOT sexy. Neither are your bursts of inspirational wisdom. I don’t want to ever hear that I can achieve my potential if I reach for the stars. I just want to suicide myself and have FUN. The music was good, but the lack of sex definitely lost them a few points they can’t regain. My boner was officially KILLED.
Seventh Rule is a label that has consistently put out some of our favorite releases over the 10 years they have been around, and today we’re happy to let you know that in honor of their 10 year anniversary, they are doing something even more rad than we ever imagined! As a way to thank the people who have bought their releases and kept them going strong after a decade, they are giving away their vinyl discography to one lucky winner! This amazing prize package includes releases from Indian, Batillus, Atriarch, Gnaw, Author & Punisher and many more!! I am warning you – I entered and I am doing my best black magic to make sure I win, but just in case you still want to enter, check out all the info below…
Seventh Rule has been around for 10 Years now, and its been a beautiful blur. We’ve seen highs and lows, but are happy and thankful to all the people who continue to support us through the years. Such a milestone deserves a contest of epic proportions, so we decided that in honor of our 10 Year Anniversary, we will be giving away our vinyl discography to one lucky person. More than 1/2 of the records listed before are out out of print!
Prize & entry info below!
If you thought your opportunity to go to an epic fest in 2013 was over, you were wrong! The 305 Fest is in its 7th year, and is giving you an opportunity to enjoy some warm weather, sun and DIY music from Dec. 26th to 29th. To celebrate, they have compiled a rad mixtape for you to enjoy and psych yourself up to make it through the next couple of cold weeks until you head to Miami!
This winter from Dec. 26-29, Miami will host it’s 7th 305 Fest, with 50 bands spanning four days of DIY shows, beach and dance parties. This year is special, because the local scene has raised funds through months of benefit shows for the fest.
Two days ago, Old Wounds started their East Coast tour alongside Raindance, and we’ve brought you an updated list of their dates so that you can be sure to make it out to one to their shows! Also, we have a rad giveaway to offer you – one each of the Old Wounds LP From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest and the Raindance LP New Blood, courtesy of Glory Kid and Animal Style! To enter to win these rad LPs, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “OW Rain” in the subject…we’ll choose one lucky winner on Monday at noon PST!