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 email@example.com 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!**
Starting this Sunday March 10th, CVLT Nation’s comrades LOCRIAN are about to play their first run of shows in two years and I know they are going to be very special events! Not only that, they have also completed recording their new album on Relapse Records which will be released this summer. For all those that will be attending the Denton Fest on March 10th featuring Sleep, Prurient and Eyehategod make sure to also see LOCRIAN. Check out their tour poster after the jump…
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!
The pre-sale tickets are up now on the UNIT B facebook for the CVLT Nation 2nd Anniversary on April 26th! Save yourself a coupla bucks by picking your ticket up now for what is definitely going to be one of the shows of the year! You can’t get any better than The Infamous…Gehenna, Seven Sisters of Sleep, Youth Code, Children of God, Stoic Violence and Whip Hand at the Unit B skatepark/art/show space in Santa Ana, CA. We are super stoked to say the least, and so happy to be working with Crash the Clubs and LACE Pickups! Stay tuned for some awesome features coming up in the next couple of months and remember to pick up your tickets before the show!
Heavy music is taking over the fucking world and has fans everywhere. This fact is evident by the Brutal Winter Fest that just took place in Cuba. Our comrades from Denmark HEXIS made a trip to this land of sun to perform. While they were there, HEXIS complied a day-by-day tour dairy for CVLT Nation. Check out what the band has to say about their time in Cuba before and after the jump! Much respect to Brutal Winter Fest and all of the bands who performed!
13th February: This was the day I had been looking forward to for a long time; the beginning of our tour in Cuba! My bag was packed, but I kept the personal stuff to a minimum, since I wanted to leave room for as much merch as possible; 5 pairs of underpants, 5 socks and 5 t-shirts for 2 smelly weeks. I took the train to Copenhagen to do some rehearsals before going to the airport. We had our good friend Lars from the swedish band This Gift Is A Curse with us on bass, since our bass-player Søren left the band back in December. The plane departed from Copenhagen at 23:40 and arrived in Moscow 2 and a half hours later. There we waited for 8 hours before flying the long 13-hour-stretch across the Atlantic to Havana.
14th February: After almost 24 hours we finally arrived in Havana. Some people from the Cuban Rock Agency picked us up there, we got some beers and drove to the hotel to get some sleep
15th February – concert in Havana: Finally! It felt good to be in Cuba and to know that we were playing our first show tonight. We took a walk around the city, got some food and went out to the venue to do a soundcheck. The venue was extremely huge (1000 people capacity) and probably the biggest place we have played so far. We went out to get some beers – Rasmus and I got extremely drunk and I don’t really remember what happened after that.
16th February – concert in Cienfuegos: I felt like I had been run over by a bulldozer and there was mud all over my room. Don’t know what happened, but I am pretty sure that last night was wild. We took a 4 hours drive to Cienfuegos to play an outside concert. Actually all shows on this tour was outside, except for the first one. We played a good show, watched the other bands play and went back to a hotel.
Text by Shane|Red River Family
ETERNAL WARFARE RECORDS (E.W.R.) FESTIVAL 2013
It’s that time of year again, where we start planning our funds to travel to all the fests that have mind-blowing line-ups. One that is on my radar is the Eternal Warfare Fest up in Oregon, USA. This year has a very impressive lineup, which could mean money burning a hole in my pocket to travel up to the Northwest. With bands such as Alda, HELL, Lake of Blood, Barghest and Mania are bands enough to get me to justify the travel. The fest will be spread across 3 days (Friday -Saturday -Sunday): the first two days will be packed with the bands that showcase the Cascadian region, as well as some bands journeying in from out of the region – Drought (NM), Wolvserpent (ID), Barghest (LA). The third day is more of a calm, relaxing day with a folk, string, atmospheric lineup – with bands such as River, Novemthree, Will O The Wisp and many others.
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.
Portland’s Agalloch are a band that creates haunting but stunning music that has the power of nature itself behind it. Today CVLT Nation would like to celebrate this band by featuring their stellar 2011 NYC show that was captured by (((unartig))). The way he filmed this show, you can see and hear everything perfectly. It should be known that Agalloch will be embarking on their “Lucifer Over Europe” tour in April of this year with FEN as well. Check out the unreal live footage and the Agalloch tour poster after the jump!
This year, one of Europe’s best festivals for Hardcore, Sludge, Doom, Punk and everything in between will take place again : the NEW NOISE FESTIVAL in Karlsruhe, Germany. This year, it will be on the 3rd of August.
The open-air-festival was started in 2005 and ever since then, it has been a blast every year. A short overview of the past years’ line-ups : Today Forever, Parachutes Morethanever, Empty Visions, Death Before Dishonor, Escapado, Have Heart, Trainwreck, Rise And Fall,Comadre, Punch, Ritual, Glasses, Celeste, Amenra, Shai Hulud, Brutality Will Prevail, Raein, Celeste, Graf Orlock, Trapped Under Ice, Birds In Row, Code Orange Kids and dozens more. To put it in short : everyone has been there.
Besides the main-festival in summer, this year will have two spring fests.
With stylistic differences like between The Black Heart Rebellion and Brutality Will Prevail, everyone shall be satisfied with the certain line-ups.
What could be better than an open-air-festival with tons of awesome bands in summer ? Oh right. There is something. The NEW NOISE FESTIVAL also brings delicious vegan food, loads of info-tents and a huge merch-area.
Dead Congregation from Greece are destroyers. This was their first trip out to the West Coast and I was there front and center to circle headbang myself into a near coma and to capture the power of Dead Congregation. They did not disappoint and I can not think of a better band to kick off this edition of the Heavy Hour.