Photos: Derek Carr
If you weren’t at Vancouver’s Astoria on Saturday, Oct. 26, you missed your ONE chance to see Wolvserpent!!
…But don’t cry about it because they didn’t show up. Those border dicks were DICKS. I mean, I love a man in uniform. Unless he’s a pig.
For anyone who doesn’t know, the creative geniuses behind CVLT Nation, Meghan and Sean, just moved to Vancouver. Nothing is Heavy & CVLT Nation Present Wolvserpent & Guests was their second event in Van City — and the first time we got to stalk them up close. ALSO: it was Halloween, motherfuckers. Well, practically.
Photos: Nuno Bernardo
October is always a special month if you are interested in good alternative music and interested in seeing artists perform with honesty and a lot of heart… And if you have the possibility of spending a couple of days in the wonderful city that’s Oporto, in Portugal, to attend Amplifest. Since the very first moment is began, Amplifest created a special feeling and by now people seem to understand how special these moments are when music is just the central piece of a big and beautiful painting. The venue? Hard Club, as always. A suitable place for the festival (you probably can’t find anything better for Amplifest in Portugal) with a magnificent view of the Douro river.
The first day couldn’t have started in a better way. The Swiss band Zatokrev opened with their sludge, doing justice to the apocalyptic side that they like to use as a description of their awesome sound. Frédéric Hug, the drummer, was one of the most impressive things of the whole festival. That guy is not even fuckin’ real… Ok he’s real, but we don’t want to admit it because we will look bad in the picture with him. The band was almost perfect, playing their guts out, and the best part is you could see that they were having loads of fun playing together. Incredible!
Happy Halloween! CVLT Nation is offering 30% off everything in the CVLT Store for this weekend only! Use code HALLOWEEN at checkout and you’ll get 30% off everything in your order. Stock up on some warm clothes now that the rain has officially started (in the Northwest anyway). Check out the CVLT Store HERE – the sale runs now until Monday!
CVLT Nation is super stoked about our upcoming show with Nothing is Heavy this Saturday at the Astoria in Vancouver, BC – a killer lineup featuring Wolvserpent‘s first Vancouver show and supported by Haggatha, Druden and Harrow! We have a pair of tickets to give away for the show, so to enter just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Wolvserpent” as the subject, and we’ll be drawing one lucky winner on Friday at noon. For the rest of you, tickets are only available at the door…see you Saturday!
CVLT Nation and Crash the Clubs are proud to present another rad show at the Almost Holden Collective in Santa Monica, CA, featuring The Body with Harassor, White Dove, Doses and Public Confession! On November 13th, 2013, these bands will play an intimate show at our favorite Westside venue. You can check out the event page HERE and stay tuned for some features coming up soon!
Davide Mancini, Italy
With your given theme, how did you come up with your piece? What drove your creative process?
Among the three themes (beauty, vanity, and death), I chose death because it always strangely fascinated me, especially its representation throughout the centuries. So, my piece is inspired by some allegorical themes and ancient inscriptions such as “Death upon a pale horse” and ”The Raven” by Dorè, as well as various classical statues. For the narcissistic woman, Mucha and art nouveau played an important role. I searched and collected several images to study costumes and icons, then tried to balance and mix the darkness of the concept with the beauty of art nouveau. From there, my own vision developed as my pencil and ink were put to paper.
Vancouver’s Anciients opened the pre-tour launch gig last Friday (27 September 2013) with the first track from their debut album Heart of Oak. An inspiring anthem to dispel the gloom on a rainy night at the Biltmore, “Raise the Sun” is as ascendant as the band itself: in less than six months since the album’s release, Anciients has been on the road with Lamb of God as well as the Death/Chuck Schuldiner tribute tour, Death to All. Late last month they announced an upcoming appearance at Holland’s massive Roadburn Festival next April, October finds the band in the opening slot of UK prog-metallers Tesseract’s North American tour and November sees them support Brazilian mammoths Sepultura on their 2013 North American tour.
The first act onstage this night is trio Holicus. Between songs – including a curious “medley” of original material – vocalist Noah Neiman remarks on the haphazard set saying, “we’re working on it.” (Although their Facebook bio lists four members, the band’s recently released full-length, now up on Bandcamp, credits three principal musicians – one assumes the three-piece arrangement is temporary.) The combination of grunge riffing with more extreme death metal vocals may seem odd in theory, but the album stream demonstrates that this is a functional hybrid style, and one is curious to see how the band develops from here.
This weekend only we’re offering FREE SHIPPING in the CVLT Store for all US orders, and for all International orders over $75! The sale will run from Friday, October 4th to Monday, October 7th, so if there’s something you’ve been eyeing from our FW13 CVLT Nation SIX season now’s your chance to pick it up! Head over to the CVLT Store to get your gear…
Nothing is Heavy & CVLT Nation are stoked to present WOLVSERPENT, Haggatha, Addaura & Harrow at The Astoria Pub in Vancouver, BC on Oct. 26th! This show is going to be a feast of heavy with a lineup like this! CVLT Nation is super stoked to be relocating our HQ to Vancouver just in time to witness these bands destroy the DTES! Stay tuned for features, mixtapes and more coming soon…check out the event page HERE.
Before the massive Sepulchral Doom Over Europe tour, Necros Christos have decided to do a few warm-up shows with their new line-up. This will be the third show of the band for 2013, after Hell’s Pleasure Metalfest in Germany and the Beyond The Gates festival in Norway. With them, also set to appear were brand new Greek black metal act Akrotheism, veteran black/death band Embrace of Thorns and historic Italian black metallers Necromass.
At about 8.40, dark figures appear at the stage of Kyttaro. The guitarist and bassist wearing corpsepaint and hoodies are getting ready and after their intriguing intro the band starts unleashing their black metal fury. With their tracks, generally fucking fast and brutal, Akrotheism are found closer to the black metal sound of the early 90s, but with a few interesting twists, such as the use of a theromin in one of their tracks, which offers some additional variety. The general impression that the band left me was that they are really serious about what they are doing. Their appearance on stage was sending quite a mystical vibe, something that was further enhanced by their intros and interludes, while the singer was screaming at the top of his lungs. Combined with the release of a split with famous Greek black metal outfit, Order of the Ebon Hand, and their upcoming debut full-length, it seems like things are looking very good for them.