Are you Secretly Windigos?
Davey: Despite the numerous tests we’ve had performed on us, we are still unsure. One thing for sure is we all constantly have intense cravings for human flesh.
Are you Secretly French Canadian?
That’s just mean guys.
Is that why you spell your name all weird?
We just suck at spelling haaard.
Are there Clones of Russia?
Davey: Oh brother, we’ve tried time and time again. It’s just so hard to recapture that raw exotic vibe he gives off. Sadly we always have to take em out back n shoot em.
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!
CVLT Nation is happy to offer you a soundtrack for your week with Sonic Cathedrals Vol CIX Curated by Narrows going live today! This mixtape is a true group effort, with each member of the band choosing songs to create one whole epic fucking mix. Enjoy!
When this band got together I was very curious to see how it would come out. We all came from the same sort of background musically…kind of. Meaning we all have punk, hardcore and metal as the common thread but that wasn’t the only thing you’d find in our record collections. Somewhere close to that Acme record would also be an At the Gates record. Or Suede right next to Suicide. De La Soul next to Deadguy. You get the idea. But this is basically how Narrows sounds to me personally. We skip through genres from our collective back catalog to get to where we’re at now. Whether an idea is new or borrowed it certainly sounds nothing like its original concept when it’s eventually finished.
So when CVLT asked us to throw this guy together I was equally curious to see what the other boys would throw in. After spending endless hours in a shitty van I thought I had them pegged. A couple surprises but mostly I was on. But if you make it through most of this you’ll have a better understanding of who we are and where we coming from.
Stream Sonic Cathedrals Vol CIX Curated by Narrows:
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!
TBR: What was the first album cover you saw that really blew your mind?
Santos: My dad had Rick James’ “Bustin’ Out Of L7″ and I remember loving the cover of that album. He read Conan books when Frazetta was painting the jackets and the Rick James cover was in sort of the same vein and gained my interest right away.
TBR: Going back even futher, what is the first interesting visual image that you remember?
Santos: My aunt is a really good artist and had painted characters from The Beatles “The Yellow Submarine” on her bedroom walls. A huge yellow submarine, a Blue Meanie, and my favorite was the Love Glove. The Love Glove wrapped around 2 walls and was so colorful that I would stare at it for long periods of time when I would go in there.
TBR: Do you prefer to work within any specific genre or sub-genre of music?
Santos: Not really. It just so happens that I end up doing most of my work for metal/punk/grind bands. I would like to work with bands from other genres anytime, i just need them to get a hold of me.
I think it’s pretty clear by now that Black Flag album covers are to punk rock as Che Guevara’s head is to pseudo-political hippies. This is not to denigrate the accomplishments or integrity of this seminal band, but the ubiquity of their imagery is getting pretty ridiculous, and there are a ton of people out there wearing Black Flag tees who have little or no integrity, let alone respect for this band or the music and culture they helped to found. There are two ways to react to this: you can get really, really pissed off or you can laugh at it. Black Flag Shirts on Every Celebrity could produce either of these reactions in you, but I recommend laughing at how fucking ludicrous the idea of George W. Bush jogging in a Black Flag tee is, rather than getting pissed off at the pictures of Kanye West or Kylie Jenner wearing Black Flag tees. Or you can do both; scrolling through this Tumblr definitely provokes a range of emotions in me; sometimes I laugh, and sometimes I cry. Whatever your level of sense of humor, check out some Black Flag Shirts on Every Celebrity 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
Fuck all of the LIES! Don’t pour any of your nonsense in my morning coffee, but you can blast the new TRANSIENT song “False Philanthropy” in my ears! These Portland grind monsters have their new self-titled album coming out on Six Weeks Records on September 10th. CVLT Nation is honoured to be streaming the radical song by TRANSIENT “False Philanthropy” below!
King of Dirt by Sick/Tired
King of Dirt, the latest release from Chicago powerviolence band Sick/Tired, isn’t your typical metal release. It’s more about the energy, rather than the instrumentation.
The album is a minefield containing 30 second long explosions of lo-fi drums, grinding guitars and nightmarish screams and grumbles. “Corrosive Outburst/Anointed” is a juggernaut of speed-shifting drum patterns and growling guitar riffs. The grim “Gummo Grindin” is a deep, crusty waltz. This all leads up to the five and half minute opus “King of Dirt.” The title track is a palatial breakdown full of feedback and sludge with guitars that sound like Sigur Ros if they were cremated.
I love King of Dirt and Sick/Tired’s experimentation with metal. Their focus on the rawness of the music makes them more distinct than bands that care mostly about epic solos and complex riffage.
Today CVLT Nation is stoked to bring you an exclusive stream of the upcoming LP from Greensboro, NC’s Mourning Cloak, made up of members of Torch Runner, Graf Orlock & Braveyoung (Giant). No Visible Light clocks in at just over 33 minutes of crushing riffs, devastating beats and thunderous vocals, and will be released via Headfirst! Records on cassette in early August. This limited run of 100 pro-duplicated cassettes will feature letterpressed covers with deep embossing, a lyric sheet and more, plus a rad t-shirt collaboration with Headfirst! and Mourning Cloak. Check out No Visible Light‘s three tracks below – No Visible Light, Erosion and White Halos – and stay tuned for Mourning Cloak’s August Southwestern tour dates announcement!