Text and Photos by Alan Hunter
Things got pretty trippy at Seattle’s Chop Suey Tuesday night. Lazer/Wulf, White Hills, Blood Ceremony, and almighty sludgers Kylesa absolutely destroyed. Before Tuesday I wasn’t too familiar with the mathy, progressive metal of Atlanta’s Lazer/Wulf but they kicked off the show with a loud, thrashy set. A good sign. Next up, NY’s White Hills killed. Their fuzzy, psyched-out, space rock put the crowd in a trance. It was no doubt one of my favorite sets of late. Wicked occult rockers Blood Ceremony have been on my must-see list for some time, so I was stoked to see their name on the bill when Sean first asked if I’d be interested in shooting this show. The resurgence of witch-cult female-fronted occult rock bands (Sabbath Assembly, Jex Thoth, Blood Ceremony, Purson) is a welcome trend. More 1972 than 2013, Alia O’Brien’s soulful vox, jazzy flute, and psychedelic organ captivate and meld well with the the fuzzed-out doom of her bandmates (think Sabbath-meets-Tull).
By the time Kylesa took the stage the venue was packed…big surprise. Paying little attention to how quickly the place was filling up, I slammed my tallboy and pushed my way to the front, squeezing between a few punks, heshers, older psych rock dads, a couple young ladies and a photographer or two – a fairly eclectic crowd proving just how far-reaching Kylesa’s tunes are – where I managed to establish a solid, eardrum-pummeling vantage point. I’m going to say now that Ultraviolet will certainly be at the top of my best of 2013 list and I was stoked to finally hear a number of the sonically adventurous tracks live. To be honest, I don’t really know what I can write about this band’s live show to truly do them justice. Their seamless blend of punk, crust, psych, prog, all-out southern sludge and even a little goth rock is unstoppable…not to mention the thundering dual drummers and Phillip’s theremin-skateboard guitar contraption! My ears were ringing well into the following afternoon. Anyway, pick your poison, throw on some heavy jams, tune out for a bit, and let the pictures be your guide to the madness.
Colloquial Sound Recordings has fucking done it again by releasing a sick batch of new releases by Dressed In Stream, A Pregnant Light and Aksumite. I have been blasting the No Babylon cassette by Aksumite non stop. It’s only two songs, but they both kill way hard and will feed your appetite for blood cult metal punk. We have the honor of streaming this underground classic below!
As a kid, I loved ghost stories, but it wasn’t until I grew up and started watching TV that I began to comprehend how fascinated human beings are with spirits. But long, long before all these “ghost hunting” TV shows became popular, our ancestors were busy trying to capture images of the other side. In the late 1800s, one man rose to prominence in the English spiritualist community with his captivating and eerie photos of people long deceased. As a result of his notoriety, William Hope founded the Crewe Circle, a spiritualist photography group among whose most noted allies was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hope’s photos were called into question time and again by investigators and ghostbusters of the 1800s and 1900s, but he maintained a huge following in the spiritualist community. Looking at many of these photos, if not all, it’s pretty clear they are double exposures, but being a person who believes in the continuation of living energies, maybe he was just creating an image of what actually exists…
Today CVLT Nation is honored to premiere a track off of the upcoming LP from NOISEM, Agony Defined. “Mortuary” is a seething, blistering assault on your senses that shows why this Baltimore band is not to be fucked with! Check out our album review here. Agony Defined comes out on June 11th via A389 Records, and catch NOISEM alongside the Melvins, Testament, Vision of Disorder, Corrosion of Conformity, Municipal Waste, The Casualties, Impaled, A Life Once Lost, Code Orange Kids and more at the Scion Rock Fest in Memphis, Tennessee tomorrow, June 1st. Check out NOISEM’s rad set at this year’s MDF below, filmed by Frank Huang, and then sit back, stream this track, and let your brain be blown into a million pieces!
While lasting contributions from Baltimore could be as simple as The Wire and John Waters, let’s go ahead and toss Maryland Deathfest in there as well. Sure there’s a brimming scene of bands, but Baltimore’s real musical pedigree comes in the form of North America’s largest extreme music festival which operates right in downtown Baltimore (somewhere in between the municipal buildings and strung out vagrants).
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One of Czechia’s most famous tourist attractions is the Sedlec Ossuary, located in the town Kutná Hora, about 45 miles east of the country’s capital Prague. The place is often refered to as bone church or bone chapel, and that for a reason:
The Sedlec Ossuary contains the skeletons of approx. 40.000 people (some resources say up to 70.000), whose bones have in many cases (about 10.000) been artistically arranged to form furnishings for the chapel. When you enter the small, inconspicuous portal you don’t have very much time to prepare yourself for the sight: Due to the small size of the building (it’s really just a chapel) and the fact that there are no vestibules of any kind you’re instantly faced with the first decorations, all made of human bone.
Right after the entry a short stairway leads downward. To the left and right there are two huge, probably about 5.6 ft tall chalices made of bones. Downstairs there’s the enormous chandelier, which supposedly contains at least one of every bone in the human body. Underneath there are four pinnacles, each assembled with 22 skulls. The whole chamber features various garlands of skulls and bones. READ MORE…
CVLT Nation is honored to present you a totally new song titled Filth by DEPRAVATION (from Giessen, Germany), which will be released on the band’s upcoming full-length record II: Maledictvm. The album is going to drop via Dark Omen Rec., Sälly Rec. and Life And Death Rec. in a few weeks.
DEPRAVATION‘s sound displays influences ranging from classic Clevo-Hardcore to filthy Death Metal, very dark, very angry and mercilessly heavy. Shit’s so brutal you better reserve a bed in an hospital near you, because a serious whiplash is the most harmless effect this will have. Keep your eyes peeled for this.
Bring on the Filth:
It’s time for another installment of Bad Tattoos…(Part I here)…I think with the number of people in this world inking their bodies with ridiculous and ugly shit, these installments could be infinite. Seriously, people must think it takes no artistic talent at all to permanently imbue their own or someone else’s skin with pigments – apparently, it doesn’t even take a steady hand. I am starting to think that there should be psych evaluations before a person can get a tattoo. Or at least a code of ethics for tattooists, like “no genitalia” or “no butt sluts”. But unfortunately or luckily for us today, no such ethics exist, so enjoy some more bad tattoos below…
It’s on today – our Philly homies Anthropic Records have just released their new comp, featuring new songs from Infiltrator, Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, Ashencult, Sunburster, Occult45, Plague Dogs, Ominous Black, +HIRS+ and Surgeon entitled ANTHROSPHERE Vol. IV. Anyone who buys a record right now will receive a free copy. Chris Grigg mastered this project and the artwork was done by Mike Wohlberg…Now it’s time for you to hear this unreal comp, because CVLT Nation has been given the honor of streaming it…So check it out ASAP!