Last year, we covered Portugal’s answer to Roadburn, Amplifest, for the first time (check out our coverage here and here). Amplifest 2013, the third edition, already has some big names on the lineup – Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolfe, Year of No Light, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Aluk Todolo and Russian Circles – and this fall festival will no doubt live up to its reputation for being en “experience” more than a music festival. Taking over the town of Porto, Portugal, on October 19th & 20th, the festival will not only celebrate music but also the artists who are an integral part of this global community. Most notably in this year’s edition, one of our favorite artists will be showcasing his prints and paintings – we can’t tell you who right now, but he’s done work for some of the biggest names in doom. Last year showcased Malleus and Seldon Hunt, so you know this year will have some awesome artists as well. It’s also important for Amplifest to feature independent film and documentaries, so we can expect that there will be some excellent cinema at this year’s fest! Plus the surroundings for the gigs are stunning in a way that only a country like Portugal, with centuries of history and beautiful architecture, can present. Stay tuned for more about Amplifest in the upcoming months, and check out their promo video below plus the tour poster!
On June 25th, 2013, Eagle Twin came to the town of Porto, Portugal, to blow out eardrums at Armazém do Chá. Our resident photographer Jorge Silva was there to capture the small but mind-blowing show, and he brought us some rad photos of the event! It was cozy this time, but Eagle Twin played such a rad show no doubt a lot of people are planning to be at their next one! Check out Silva’s photo essay below!
LET IT BE KNOWN unto woman and man and all the creatures of this earth: Two mighty forces have aligned and that soon, a time of great reckoning shall be upon us as CVLT Nation welcomes The Bone Reader into it’s shadowy fold as an inquisitor and scribe of syndication.
In the coming weeks, a special series of feature interviews and eldritch conjurations written by The Bone Reader will appear in the hallowed halls of CVLT Nation with more to follow shortly after.
TBR will continue to move forward as a separate entity but is proud to be a part of the history and bloodline of CVLT Nation.
Meghan & Sean
The Bone Reader
On June 28th, 2013, our Canadian comrades in heavy, Nothing is Heavy, celebrated their first year promoting shows in Vancouver, BC, with an epic lineup featuring local legends Black Wizard, Hoopsnake, Tobeatic and Wiser Fool. Here’s wishing them many more years of bringing crushing bands to my hometown! Our photographer Ted Reckoning was on hand to capture some sick images of the show, and today we’d like to share them with you! So prepare to enter a world of sonic fucking damage…and make sure to head out to our Vancouver showcase this friday!
Text and photos: Adele van Heerden
We arrived at Hellfest around four in the afternoon on the Thursday before bands started, exhausted, having travelled from London at four in the morning. After finding a spot in the masses of tents, our friendly French neighbours gave us beer and bade us welcome, even helping us to set up our tent. I had never heard of the festival before my boyfriend suggested we go, but upon arrival we were given a quick course on Hellfest history.
Apparently Hellfest had a long history of being attacked by right-wing conservatives for their supposedly demonic or satanic theme. Luckily it enjoyed continued support, despite large sponsors, such as Coca-Cola, dropping out because of the pressure.
This year seemed to be avidly supported by members of the whole family: I saw father and son enjoy acts such as Ihsahn and Immortal together, and absolutely no scorn between groups of people. Everyone was just there to dress up and have a good time, whether it be with their family or the people from another country they had just met an hour ago. I believe Hellfest also makes an important economic contribution to the town of Clisson, which embraces it in full: the town pharmacy played Metallica and everyone working in the shops that weekend wore Hellfest support shirts. I believe the local supermarket probably made more money than they would at Christmas!
Text and photos: Darryl Reid
I show up to the show super late, France’s La Fraction are half way through their set. Before they can finish their set there is some drama – cops show up, find a bunch of punks drinking outside the venue, and fuck over Jo (half of Blue Cross and the man putting on the show).
For a moment, the night and the entire fest seem to be in peril. Fucking Pigs.
Soon as the pigs leave, La Fraction finish a killer set and Blue Cross sets up.
If you’ve been following Blue Cross you’ll know they aren’t the type to play live shows and I was curious to see how their sound translated live, since they are a two piece and use lots of drum machines and effects in their music. As mentioned elsewhere in the site, they borrowed a couple members from Asile, Pat and Joel (on Drums and Bass), to round out the band. The whole band were on point and played a blistering set.
I love this whole post punk/goth revival going on and Blue Cross are one of the best bands leading the revival. If you have the chance to see them live, do it – you won’t be disappointed.
CVLT Nation is super stoked to announce our first ever Vancouver showcase coming up on July 19th, 2013 at The Rickshaw Theatre! Our comrades in darkness, Nothing is Heavy, have put together an epic fucking lineup featuring WITCH MOUNTAIN, EIGHT BELLS, OSS, LIFE AGAINST DEATH and HOPELEUS! CVLT Nation salutes Vancouver BC as our home in the Northwest (Southwest?) and we are hyped to smoke up and rock out with our Canadian homies! Tickets are $10 at the door and all the info is below, see you there!!!
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Altars of Madness is a 3-part exhibition that explores extreme metal, divided into sections focusing on grindcore, death metal and black metal. The exhibition, curated by Damien Deroubaix and Jérôme Lefèvre, opened on May 18th, 2013 in Luxembourg at Casino Luxembourg, and will run until Sept 15th, 2013 followed by an exhibition at Confort Moderne in Poitiers (FR) from Sept 28th to Dec 15th, 2013. Featuring noted artists like Matthew Barney, Nicholas Bullen, Larry Carroll, Grégory Cuquel, Damien Deroubaix, Seldon Hunt, Gregory Jacobsen,Theodor Kittelsen, Harmony Korine, Élodie Lesourd, Juan Pablo Macias, Maël Nozahic, Torbjorn Rodland, Steven Shearer, Mark Titchner, Gee Vaucher and Banks Violette, this exhibition is a skillful examination of the influence of metal on the art world. As a part of the exhibition, Napalm Death and Blockheads performed a show on July 3rd, tying in the visuals and the music in a tangible way, and to close the exhibition Final (Justin K Broadrick) and soleil[s]noir will perform at Espace Découverte. Below you can check out some of the haunting pieces that are a part of this exhibition – one that metal fans around Europe should definitely try to make their way out to!
All photos: WILI – Media Makers, Casino Luxembourg, 2013