Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLVIII Curated by SPLIT CRANIUM is all the way live! Let me tell you what is extra fun about being a part of this series is hearing how every mixture is full of surprises. SPLIT CRANIUM went to another planet of audio art with their song selection. Check out their description below, stream the mix and download after the jump!
Sean/Cvlt Nation kindly invited Split Cranium to compile a mix tape, and mentioned something about selecting some of our favorite D-beat oriented tracks. We’ve defiantly ignored Sean’s gentle prodding, and managed to avoid including any D-beat oriented tracks whatsoever. Instead what we’ve collected is an odd mix of of recent obsessions, long time favorites, and work by close friends who also happen to make great music. If there’s any unifying theme at all it is this: music that often includes “non-musical” elements and production – harsh electronics, murky effects and samples, horrible recordings, and sounds that exist outside the context of the song while occupying the same space. These are all things that have inspired us as musicians and have seeped into the music we make as Split Cranium. We hope you enjoy what we’ve collected and discover some new music along the way. Thanks for listening….. Go!
-xo Split Craniu
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Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLVII Curated by Swamp Witch is live! We are honored to be presenting you with this inspirational mix by Swamp Witch, aptly titled Cosmic Psychedelia. It is a journey into the recesses of their minds – take note of your surroundings, because in a minute you will by flying high above us all! Check out their description below, stream the mix and download after the jump!
All of these bands have had such an incredibly HUGE impact on our lives. We remember the first time we discovered The Misfits, the snottiness and badassness associated with teenage rebellion. Flower Travellin’ Band took us to new plateaus of psychedelic adventuring. The Angelic Process CRUSHED our perception of Heavy and old Electric Wizard fuckin’ rules. These are the most definitive and influential bands of our generation. Absorb yourself in Cosmic Psychedelia.
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLVII Curated by SWAMP WITCH Cosmic Psychedelia
CVLT Nation is super stoked to be releasing Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLVI Curated by Age of Collapse today! Age of Collapse has curated a wide-ranging mix that shows the depth of this band’s influences, something that comes through in their music as well. Check out what they have to say below, and check their upcoming West Coast tour dates after the jump. Blast this mix beyond loud, and come out on Thursday to support Age of Collapse at the CVLT Nation 1st Anniversary show!
Whenever we’re writing new music we always come up with elaborate names to describe certain sections of each song. Absolutely ridiculous names like “Full Speed Fairy Tale”, “Tough Noodlez” or “Troll Fucking Stomping”. I’m not entirely sure why we do it, but I think we’re trying to set some middle ground, where all 4 members’ unique musical influences aren’t isolated or held back. As a band we feel it’s important to not allow our “crust genre” to dictate what influences we pull from. Whether it’s Sean’s crust and doom metal influence, Xavi’s powerviolence and pop punk, Steve’s black and prog metal or Blaine’s British heavy metal and screamo, we want all our influences to shine through in our music, culminating in something unique, brutal, passionate, exciting, bizarre and fun.
The playlist we’ve put together is a mix of songs that have been super influential to our sound as well as some stuff we just plain love listening to. Enjoy!
<3 AGE OF COLLAPSE
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLVI Curated by Age of Collapse
Today, CVLT Nation releases Vol. XLV of our Sonic Cathedrals mixtape series, and we are super honored that it was curated by Faith Coloccia of Mamiffer. She put together a beautiful collection of songs that are personal for her, and to put it in a nutshell, plain awesome! The best person to explain what went into curating this mixtape is Faith herself, read what she has to say below. Now peep the streaming and download links below…make sure to tune in and space out!
These are some songs that have inspired me in the music I create. Some songs I have listened to since I was 14 and the meaning is still as powerful as ever. The last song on the list changed the way I heard and felt music, has a very special place in my heart and was the impetus behind my desire to create music. Some songs that are important to me are missing because I only have them on vinyl, and some songs are very new inspirations for me, and made by good friends who I look forward to working with. – Faith
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLV Curated by Mamiffer
The time is nigh…in a few days time, Weedeater, Cough and ASG will embark on their tour of the eastern states, and to celebrate the countdown, ASG has compiled an inspiring mix of songs for your listening pleasure. They have broken it down song by song, explaining the memories behind each track, and it really gives you an insight on the band. Stream the mix below and check after the jump for the download link and tracklist…and for those of you lucky enough to be in the east this month, tell ASG how rad their mix is in person!
Stream April 2012 Tour ASG Mixtape for CVLT Nation
Trust me when I say I’m ultradelic excited to announce Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLIV curated DEPHOSPHORUS. When I first heard this band, my whole fucking world changed, because I had never heard anything like it. DEPHOSPHORUS took the chance to curate a mix on the next level, with two of the members painting two vicious audio portraits of mayhem. So read what the band has to say below, and make sure to download this motherfucker after the jump! PlayVol. XLIV so loud that the Martians in outer space will be head banging!
I approached this mixtape like a DJ set. There’s some classic old tracks, representing my roots and the backbone of my heavier musical tastes. There are also some newer songs from bands and albums that have really inspired me these last years, keeping the flame of the underground alive in me. There’s only one Greek band, because we will definitely come back later with an all-Greek mixtape! – Panos
This is actually what I like to listen to most of the time. It’s not just that though. This is actually what Dephosphorus is inspired by usually, when it comes to songwriting. So, simple and short, take a seat. – Thanos
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLIV Curated by Dephosphorus – Side Panos
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLIV Curated by Dephosphorus – Side Thanos
Bare flesh entrenched in the moist soil of hidden wood; thick, clouded air and a soft mist of sweet water. Bask in this naked moment; in the heat of passion with a lover on wet earth or the comforting complexities of solitary enchantment with all that surrounds. Kneeling in reverence and ecstasy; feminine divinity. Bow in worship of everything and nothing. Invoke sanctity, invoke divinity, invoke indulgence and ascension; give birth.
Over this past year, CVLT Nation has become a sanctuary for writers and artists alike whom are dwellers of the deep. We saddle up on our pale horses de Profundis and ascend. This mixtape is an ode to the mother of creative inspiration and manifestation; wet earthen woods.
Stream Wet Earth
Photo courtesy of © Iris Szylack.
Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLIII curated by DEATHRITE goes live today! When I first heard this band, I knew they were something fucking special, and when you hear their mixtape, you will realize these humans are on some next shit. Make sure to go HERE to pre-order the new DEATHRITE/GOLDUST split, play this motherfucker way past loud and headbang until your neck breaks! Peep the streaming and download link to this sick mixtape below…
Two reasons why we choose these songs. First, this is how a mixtape should sound while we’re on tour and driving to the next venue and preparing ourselves for the next show. Huge riffs! Massive headbangs and showing them the horns non stop! And the second one is, we would like to show you a small overview of which bands and songs influenced our sound, and why we started the band. We hope you enjoy the mix. Now turn up your speakers like there’s no tomorrow!!!
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Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLII curated by Kelly from EMBERS is going live today! I have so much respect for this band’s intense DIY work ethic, plus they create killer music on top of it! I was super stoked when Kelly said she was down to curate a mixtape for CVLT Nation. The songs that you will experience on this audio journey will expand your mind. CVLT Nation will be working closely with EMBERS as they ready to embark on European tour at the end of May. Turn off the light, burn some candles, blast this mixtape and fly away with your nightmares. Read what Kelly has to say about every track she chose and check out their tour poster after the jump!
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol. XLII Curated by Embers
A year ago, we started CVLT Nation, and we put up posts that only we read. We decided to start this webzine to post about what we are passionate about and inspired by. One of the events that we first covered was the 2011 Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, and one of the bands we enjoyed and photographed was COUGH. It was an intimate festival, I was 6 months pregnant, and Sean and I met a lot of the bands there, talking to dude from Cough, Nails, The Body etc. and asking them if they would be down for us to cover them on our site, which didn’t quite exist yet. The first post we ever did was the Weedeater tour dates for their March 2011 tour. A year later, we were asked to be the media sponsor for the Weedeater, Cough and ASG April 2012 tour, and to say the least, we are pretty fucking stoked and honored to be working with bands that inspired us to create this site in the first place!! Cough is the first of these bands to curate a special tour mixtape, and they are really giving back to the community with this mix. They chose a selection of bands that they met while touring around the world, people who have shared that unique experience with them. Check out the stream below and the download link after the jump…
Since we’re about to hit the road, we decided to dedicate this mixtape to a lot of the bands we’ve met on the road (whether or not we remember it). Overall, it’s a pretty lengthy handful of songs so make room and enjoy.
Stream April 2012 Tour – Cough Mixtape
Download Link & Tracklist after the jump!