One of the things we love most about blogging on CVLT Nation is giving back to our readers, and today we have an awesome giveaway for you – a pair of tickets to Southern Lord‘s The Power of the Riff West! The lineup for this event is killer – SUNN 0))), OFF!, Dr.Know, Repulsion, Noothgrush, Xibalba, Eagle Twin, Power Trip, Ancestors, Alpha & Omega, Gaza, DNF, Retox, Love Below, Avon Ladies, Cops, Hordes, Xaphan, Hoax, Despise You, Nausea (CA) and Bio Crisis will all be tearing the Echo/Echoplex apart on August 11th, 2012, in Los Angeles, CA. To enter to win the pair, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “TPOTR” in the subject heading. The draw will be Wednesday at noon PT.
***And the winner is…Pablo Vargas! Congrats buddy!***
It’s pretty simple – CVLT Nation has mad respect for Moshpit Tragedy and their dedication to gnarly bands. The way they set up their label, is totally artist-friendly and positive for the listener. This weekend in Pomona, California, Moshpit Tragedy, in conjuction with Scion AV, are putting on a filthy showcase featuring Morne, Phobia, Skarp, Total Fucking Destruction and Sea Will Rise (RSVP HERE). So in celebration of this event, we have put together this mega video essay with live footage from each band. After the jump, get your crust on and peep these rancid visuals!
We have already made it halfway through the year and thus far 2012 alone has seen a handful of great tour packages which have pillaged their way through North America, but the year is far from over and the same goes for upcoming tours and releases alike. In this case, two upcoming tours from black metal bands based on our own American soil will both be invading their way over to the west coast as summer will be drawing to a close. The ones I’m building anticipation on and making reference to here are Minnesota (now TX-based) black metal band(s) TERATISM and HELLGOAT from Georgia. These two acts alone will be starting both tours in the Midwest region and then making their way towards the Southwest and Pacific Northwest regions. Although, there is a catch – as both of these tours are separate packages and will be making their way through some of the same cities (such as Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles) as well as those that may differ and may be on one roster but not the other. Hence, it is crucial to take note of the dates listed on both separate flyers and also it is needless to say, speaking from a spectator’s point of view that both of these bands know how to put on an excellent live show and make every mile traveled and every cent spent absolutely worthwhile.
Emissary of the Fallen Angel tour constructed by Beyond the Dark Horizon, Hate War Productions & Negativity Records.
Banner photography via the brilliant work and minds of Thomas Couderc & Clément Vauchez
Over the past few months I have had the incredible opportunity to stay quite busy with playing and attending shows here in the bay area. I am a huge fan and supporter of the underground music and art scene, this year more than ever I’ve fulfilled many life dreams and played/attended some truly spectacular shows. Here’s a collection of sights and sounds that I’ve gathered this Summer.
Is it any wonder that all over the world, people are violently revolting against corrupt government and corporate systems? As children, we’re taught to play nice, to be gentle, to respect our parent’s authority and the authority of other adults. When we grow up, we see authority systems killing minorities, warring over money and power, denying the common people the right to a good quality of life and hoarding the world’s wealth and resources. The mass media aims to keep us blind to injustice in our own neighborhood and in neighborhoods around the world, and our government aims to keep us afraid of the consequences of speaking out against injustice. Whether you support anarchy or violent revolution or any revolution for that matter, you have to admit that the work of anarchists, activists and protesters, even when they amass in millions, is blatantly ignored by mass media in order to prevent their message from propagating throughout society. Just look at the protests in Mexico over the recent corrupt elections – millions of voices are being silenced by their national media and by North American media. Don’t even get me started on the silencing of revolutionary Latin American voices – let’s just say it’s been going on for at least a couple of centuries, and mostly at the behest of the American government and corporations. That’s why Vancouver-based media group Submedia.tv and their news feature It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine is so fucking right on. They cover events from the perspective of the unrested, and they have been doing an excellent job of covering the events that have unfolded in Greece over the past year – and not from the perspective of the World Bank or the EU leaders, but from the perpective of the people of Greece who have been living through it. The most recent episode takes a look at the work of anarchist groups in Athens who are working to support and protect the people who are targeted by the police and fascists for violence and racism, as well as the efforts to bring food and shelter to the people who are facing dire poverty and homelessness. Check out “This is Athens” below, and you can go to Submedia.tv to donate and watch and disseminate their other broadcasts. If you are not being bombed, evicted or starved, consider it your duty to spread knowledge and support the cause of those who are.
All you SLEEP fans out there listen up – tomorrow, Saturday July 7th, at 1pm Pacific Time/4pm Eastern Time/20:00 GMT, creative cosmonauts David D’Andrea and Arik Roper are releasing their end-of-tour poster for Sleep’s Marijuanaut Tour, which touched down on Earth’s surface on June 5th, 2012, at the Fox Theater in Oakland. These two artists are a couple of my favorites when it comes to entering stoner fantasyland, and this poster does not disappoint. I don’t think I need to give you one of my flowery descriptions to communicate the epicness of the Marijuanaut poster – just check out the pictures below and after the jump, and you’ll know this is something you need to get your hands on! There are only 100 of these available, signed by both D’Andrea and Roper and hand-numbered, so they are going to go fast! Don’t wake n’ bake tomorrow, because you’ll have to have all your faculties to get online and pick up your poster HERE.
FULL DETAILS AFTER THE JUMP…
Unholy fuck, CVLT Nation is way beyond hyped because WHITEHORSE is coming to Los Angeles! They have been bursting ear drums all over the country with their punishing brand of doom, and it’s finally our turn when they play The Joint at the Ear/Splitters // Ovrcast // CVLT Nation event this Friday. Our New York comrade Frank Huang captured their most recent show in Brooklyn at the Acheron. This is a message to all doom heads in the city of devils: make sure to come out this Friday to the Joint to see WHITEHORSE…Now peep them destroying Brooklyn after the jump!
Plus, CVLT Nation is giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky person who emails us at email@example.com by this Thursday at noon!
Photos by Pedro Roque
This year’s HELLFEST in Clisson, France was the place to be for European metal lovers! There were waaaayyy to many bands performing to name, but luckily for CVLT Nation, our photographer Pedro Roque was on hand to capture sets from Sunn O))), The Obsessed, Pentagram, Refused, Saint Vitus, Yob, Ufomammut, Big Business, Amenra, Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Thou and Doomriders…plus many more! Check out a huge photo essay after the jump!
I can describe my Hellfest experience as a 3 days of nonstop shooting, moshing, headbanging and drinking till morning – it was a hell of a weekend!
FULL PHOTO ESSAY AFTER THE JUMP!
EAR/SPLITTERS // OVRCAST // CVLT NATION are proud to present…Whitehorse, Sodomia, Pigeonwing & Wounded Giant at The Joint, 8771 W. Pico Blvd, L.A., CA this Friday night. This is Whitehorse’s only LA appearance on their US tour, so make sure you head out to this killer show to support. If you are into heavy fucking doom that makes your blood vessels vibrate, you will want to be here! We are giving away a pair of tickets to the show this Thursday at noon, so if you are in the LA area, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Whitehorse” in the subject line.
Text and Photos by Alan Hunter
Although Northwest summer days are long, the cold rain and darkness fell upon Seattle early last Friday. Blasphemous Organ, Addaura, King Dude, and (A) Story of Rats brought their doom and gloom to the University District’s Rat & Raven.
Unfortunately I missed [what I can imagine was] a killer, rumbling guitar-synth collaboration from Demian Johnston (Undertow, Hemingway, Great Falls, etc.) and Timm Mason (Mood Organ, Midday Veil, etc.), as Blasphemous Organ. Hopefully this will happen again soon. Following Blasphemous Organ, my dudes and dudette in Addaura destroyed the bar and everyone’s eardrums with their epic, crushing, atmospheric black metal. I’ve been a close “collaborator” with Addaura for a long time, have seen them countless times, and I always enjoy it. Candles lit, King Dude (aka TJ Cowgill of Book of Black Earth, Cross, etc.) slowed things down a bit with his awesomely ominous blend of lo-fi American blues and doomy folk, summoning the dark lord himself. I was stoked to finally see King Dude – his tunes have been on repeat at home – and he certainly did not disappoint. To finish off this epically sinister evening (A) Story of Rats – shrouded in thick candlelit fog – punished entranced viewers with their deathly soundscapes. This was the best (A)SoR set I have seen – featuring the always talented Garek Druss and his synth-wizardry, Andrew Crawshaw’s incredible drum assault, and the deep sonic alchemy of a guest string bassist. This was a truly badass display of Seattle’s real dark, heavy talent. I cannot wait to experience it all again.
FULL PHOTO ESSAY AFTER THE JUMP…