Jason G. of Brainsplitter.tk captured the live audio for the creation of this video. Necrot is a band you definitely want to know about. Killer Bay Area Death Metal!
A few friends and I all went to the last concert they played in SF at Slims in 08′. We missed the opening act that evening and came in during the first half of Grey, a trio of Witches from the Pacific Northwest that played some seriously Heavy music. When Graves At Sea took the stage that evening, I was so pumped. Nick’s Guitar tone was devastatingly heavy that evening. They had just went through a few lineup changes and Chiyo(Noothgrush) was filling in on drums for them and Miguel(Sourvein) was playing bass. As the story goes, they were scheduled to tour Japan with Corrupted but at the time didn’t feel 100% sure on touring and the promoters told them they couldn’t back out of the tour or they’d be sued. The only way they could get out of their touring obligations was to break up the band. That fucking sucks and is a shitty spot to be in, anyway – they decided to just put the project to rest. Nathan(Vocalist) joined Laudanum, and Nick Phit(Guitarist) moved to Oregon and joined Atriarch. Over the years, people have been hounding them to get back together and to bring back the crushing…This year they finally did and played Oakland, California and I was there to capture it. You’ll get a look into the progression of the band as they played a few new songs as well as a few of their classic tunes.
One of CVLT Nation’s favorite bands is about to embark on an East Coast tour. The group is Brooklyn’s Cult of Youth, and they are known for giving amazing shows, which I know will be the case on this tour. If you loved their last album Love Will Prevail as much as I did, then here is your chance to see them live! After the jump, check out an unreal video of their most recent Berlin performance and the tour dates…All hail Cult of Youth!
In almost all cases, when you get into a discussion about powerviolence (aside from cringing), several bands will immediately jump to the forefront of your mind. Among them, the likes of Infest, No Comment, Capitalist Casualties, Man Is the Bastard, Plutocracy, Spazz, Crossed Out and so on and so forth into an eventual sea of generic 18th generation copy cats that exist today. A group that I feel is sorely under appreciated in this highly subjective genre is southern California’s GASP. Imagine the velocity and intensity that you hold so dearly, then imagining the frame of sound being shattered, the barriers and rules being removed. By utilizing extreme variation in tempos and manipulated, hand crafted tape loops, GASP was able to create pure and limitless atmosphere. The band was able to go from utter noise ridden chaos to simplistic and slow plodding into the deepest unknown depths of the universe.
GASP was active only from 1996 to 1999. Their discography included splits with Suffering Luna, Deerhoof, Volume 11 and the oppressive and lurching Noothgrush. GASP also released a full length entitled “Drome Triler of Puzzle Zoo People” and years after the band’s demise, a collection of every split and the tracks that were used on various compilations entitled “An Earwig’s Guide to Traveling” . I feel like this band is essential for those who enjoy cacophony, chaos and most importantly depth. Even on their collective album, “An Earwig’s Guide..” a definite ebb and flow exists through the entire collection that most bands are not able to achieve.
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.
I normally get to Dublin city a few times a year for a gig. This time it was all really decent local bands, so I decided now was another good time for a visit. So starting off at seven in the morning, I made my way in darkness to the local village in sweeping winds and snow. Where I live the Irish government doesn’t supply a bus service so I had a freezing van journey with a few sleepy others through a blanket of snow and on through a snow covered mountain gap to get to the next nearest town. By half eight, I was freezing and getting on a bus to Dublin city. Five hours later I arrived into Dublin, capital of Irelands political and corporate corruption. It’s recession, heroin, large class divides and a population which are crammed together in overly priced flats. This makes Ireland sound like a fucking shithole doesn’t it.
Intense powerviolence history – INFEST reunited for their first show since 1996. It all went down on Jan. 13th at the sold-out Echoplex in Los Angeles. Check out this insane footage of the show after the jump!
This is going to be featuring Heavy bands I’ve had the privilege of seeing/hearing. Heavy as in Crushing, Loud, Abrasive, & Powerful bands not restricted to the confides of any one genre.
Bruxers, from San Jose, California, are (((Heavy as Fuck))). They play deathdoom drenched in filthy crust with tons of insane blasts. Half of the band shares roles in Mortuous whom along with Cerebrate – a new project featuring members of Ash Borer and Servile Sect, were playing this evening. Bruxers have a new cassette out that you can order from the band by sending an email here or here – They only pressed 100 – I highly recommend getting a copy of these cassettes as they will most definitely sell out. I’ve been listening and really digging the S/T Bruxers release over the past 2 years awaiting it’s official release. Bruxers Crush! You get the picture – now watch the video.
Vastum is a killer band from The Bay Area that highlights the brooding brutalness of a very talented group of musicians – Dan(Vocals), Kyle(Lead Guitar) & Luca(Bass) also played together in Acephalix, Leila(Guitars/Vocals) played in Saros and Adam(Drums) spent time behind the kit with Enemy Soil.
This is an official statement from the band on current happenings: “Vastum will be playing at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland on FRIDAY DEC 14 with Pale Chalice, Scolex, Bruxers and Cardinal Wyrm. This will be Vastum’s last show with Kyle in the band. We are sad to see him go, but wish him the best with his other projects.
Over the weekend of December 7th/8th/9th of 2012 a Radical Punk festival was taking place called Subversion in Oakland, California. A bunch of killer bands from all over the country came out and played. Nearly 500 people attended each day, when there’s that kind of energy in an already charged up crowd – it’s gonna lead for an awesome experience for everyone involved.
Hoax headlined the final day of the festival and I finished what I was doing early enough to catch their performance. They are part of the new wave of bands playing more pissed off and aggressive hardcore. From what i’ve gathered people are pretty into them, here you go people. Merry XmasX – there will be blood in this video.