Thanks for checking out the latest installment in my ongoing series focused on covering the heaviest and most devastating of Bands and Artists within the Underground Music Community that travel through The Bay Area. This is a collection of footage that I’ve captured recently at shows on both sides of the bridges in Oakland & San Francisco.
CMJ 2013 is nearly upon us, and CVLT Nation will be there to cover everything metal and unholy. While CMJ isn’t a metal festival, there’s enough metal/grind at the showcases to want to get out to New York City and cause yourself irreparable hearing damage. From Nachtmystium to Godflesh, this year’s CMJ is shaping up to absolutely massive, and we’ll be there to write all about it.
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.
Featured first, is VHOL, from San Francisco, California. They play Metal shaped with influences in 80′s Black Metal, Discharge Worship and the Grey Metal sound that the core members helped establish with their previous band Ludicra. This is one of those bands that comes around and challenges the listeners perception of what should be by combining incredibly talented individuals with a wealth of musical appreciation and a passion for Crushing!
Just over a month back on July 6th I attended a pretty awesome DIY grind gathering in the forests of Squamish, British Columbia, Canada that lit up the tranquil atmosphere with blazing grind and powerviolence from the afternoon straight into the night.
Organized by locals and inviting multiple comrades from both sides of the border, while respecting the land and putting on a grand celebration of fastcore, this year’s Squamish Fastcore Fest while it was my first, will not be my last. So this is kind of a (late) summary or reflection with some photos and video.
All Photos by Ted Reckoning
It’s been 17 long years since At The Gates played in Vancouver and surely since their reformation in 2007, the people of Van City have been pining for one of Swedish death metal’s finest exports to land into town at The Rickshaw. Finally, the time arrived and At The Gates’ return is a triumph.
Following quick opening sets from local death metallers Gross Misconduct and Nylithia’s metalcore flavours, we’re treated to a ferocious slot from the utterly devastating Erosion and at this point, the stage is perfectly set for At The Gates.
Opening with a deafening rendition of Slaughter of the Soul’s title track, it’s immediately clear that the Swedes aren’t missing a step, now a couple of years into their reunion. It’s an obvious set opener but a totally perfect one, given its anthemic weight.
Cuts from Slaughter of the Soul, of course, make up the bulk of the setlist, whether it’s the monolithic and instantly recognisable lead riff of ‘World of Lies’ or the simply pummelling ‘Suicide Nation’, and the reaction from the crowd and the mayhem in the pit more than indicates that everyone approves.
Will I ever get tired of Siouxsie Sioux’s voice? No, because every time I hear it, it sounds brand new! I recently found an amazing performance of Siouxsie and the Banshees performing at the Open Air Festival in Arbon, Switzerland in 1983. Now it’s your job to press play below and get your Happy House download on ASAP! The quality of this recording is spot on!
(Photo captured by Oakland Photographer Alberto Gutierrez)
Summers in The Bay Area are wonderful. The weather is nice, the air is damp yet refreshing with the precipitation of the close shorelines and the perspiration of others, and as long as you stay out of SF there’s hardly any preposterous hills that you will have to climb. During this time it’s easiest to get around on a bicycle, which makes things a lot more enjoyable when you don’t have to worry about being a buffoon that actually operates a vehicle while presumably being intoxicated. Falling down and getting bruised up is no big deal, losing your life and the lives of others you potentially care about is fucking terrible- so don’t drink and drive, it’s not worth it. As school lets out every summer there is a stream of great bands/artists performing nightly in DIY houses and venues throughout our cities. Forward Thinking and Intellectually inclined individuals who’ve formed bands are getting the opportunity to travel after their semester is over and set off to share their ideas and artistic expression with the diverse culture and show community found only here in The Bay. This is a very unique place to reside if you are a fan of music and art.
CVLT Nation is so fucking honoured that Britain’s Doom Wizards OPIUM LORD have recorded a special live ritual for us. This 3 song session features 2 unreleased songs from their soon to be released album The Calendrical Cycle. OPIUM LORD are able to blend genres into a sonic chokehold that will make you hear doom in a different way! Enough of my talking, press play below and blast CVLT Nation Live Ritual: OPIUM LORD loud as fuck!